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Bahr, Donald Morris
76, of Tempe, AZ passed away on October 30, 2016, in Colorado Springs with his wife and son at the bedside. He was born and raised in Sioux City and Mason City, Iowa. He was educated at Harvard University, where he met his wife, Dilli. They married and after college set off for Arizona in a tiny black car. Don's interest in indigenous cultures became a life-long immersion into the O'odham, their language, their songs and stories, especially in the village of Santa Rosa where he and his family had many friends. At the age of 27, he joined the faculty of the Anthropology Department at Arizona State University, and kept the same small, dusty and book-filled office until his retirement in 2006. Don Bahr had a keen unconventional mind and a sharp tongue, tempered and softened by kindness and a constant sense of humor. Reading, sitting in a rocking chair, smoking his pipe, thinking and writing - that's what he liked the most, besides walking in the desert and singing O'odham songs. The last decade of his life was difficult because a stroke took his ability to write. His wife Dilli kept him comfortable, engaged with the world around him, and read to him constantly. He had friends and family who provided distraction, and he was always surrounded by his books and art. Don is pre-deceased by his parents, Herbert Morris Bahr and Maxine Baird Bahr. He is survived by his wife of over fifty years, Adelaide (Dilli); his son Paolo, with Shane, Sofia and Emma; his daughter Maria, with Billy and Teddy. He is remembered by his older brother, John, and John's children and grandchildren. He was enveloped by the extended family of Gustavo and Raquel Gutierrez, who pre-deceased him, and the extended family of the late Baptisto Lopez in Santa Rosa, Arizona. Services will be held in Arizona at a later date.
Published in The Arizona Republic from Nov. 6 to Nov. 9, 2016
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