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Cameron Hilding ""Kip"" Holmes 1949-2013

Cameron Hilding ""Kip"" Holmes

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June 13, 2014
Kip recruited me to join the Arizona Attorney General's Office in October 2004. We had been associates in law enforcement beginning in 1995. He was my boss, my mentor, my friend, and my inspiration for almost nine years. By my count, we had lunch together almost 2,100 times, during which we talked about almost everything under the sun, to include our fascinating and demanding profession as civil racketeering prosecutors(of course), his beloved family, and his and Julie's Oregon beach house (a wonder of personal innovations). We laughed, we argued, and we conspired. After his many successes in bringing major institutional money launderers to their knees, he created the Southwest Border Anti-Money Laundering Alliance, funded by his $96 million settlement with Western Union. While he worked only 14-16 hours a day, seven days a week, his head was in the game 24/7/365. He faced impending death with the same intellect, energy, and resolve with which he faced life. He was strong to the end, offering to me encouraging words, even until the night before he died. I often hear his voice in my head, responding as he did when I would call him on the phone - "MISTER Mahon", as if to ask "And what foolishness are you up to today?" I lost my brother Doug to cancer in May 2012. I lost my brother Kip to cancer in September 2013. The memories of both shall continue to inspire me until I, too, am dust.
October 25, 2013
Kip was a true gentleman and a scholar. He once commented to me that I had served as a speaker or panelist at his professional conference in Scottsdale more so than any other participant. I reminded him that only HE could drag me out to the Arizona desert every June. I loved seeing him arrive in his Texas-style pick-up truck---suit and tie, and his cowboy boots! He will be missed. Although I never met his family, he spoke of all of you often. May God bless.
October 20, 2013
We are saddened to hear about Kip's passing. His dedication to profession and industry leaves a legacy of the most constructive and beneficial consequences. Our condolences go to his family as, the loss is heartfelt throughout the industry.
October 19, 2013
Kip was an Institution and a great Friend, I will miss Kip!!
October 19, 2013
After many years "knowing" Kip I met him at IMTC West where he made a presentation sharing his views and opinions about the US-Mexico Border. A brave, opinionated, passionate man - and even if we didn't agree on many things - I had a lot of respect for his work, his dedication and tireless pursuit of his goals.
My thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues.

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Kip at IMTC West 2012
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