Feldhacker, William (Bill)
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William H. Feldhacker, a renowned and highly respected Criminal Trial Attorney passed away Friday, April 12, 2013, in Tucson, Arizona surrounded by his loving family. Bill was 70. Born on March 25, 1943, in Onawa, Iowa to Joe and Vivian Feldhacker, Bill moved to Tucson with his family at the age of 6 and eventually graduated from Catalina High School, the University of Arizona and Arizona State University College of Law in 1971. After 3 years working as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney and the Organized Crime Prosecutor for Maricopa County in Phoenix, he went into private practice as Martin & Feldhacker, focusing on criminal defense cases. After 8 years, Bill moved his family to Kauai, HI, passed the Bar and went into private practice from 1982 thru 1996, including working a successful campaign to elect a new Prosecuting Attorney, then joining him in the Prosecutors Office as Chief Deputy, 1996 to 1998 and later in private practice. He continued his 42 year law career from Hawaii to Tucson and Prescott, Arizona and became a faculty member of the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina teaching and training Prosecuting Attorneys from all over the U.S. Both professionally and personally, Bill's reputation preceded him. Highly respected as an attorney, it was in Bill's character where you got to know how special he was. Bill was a proud man, honorable and selfless; he was "one of the good guys". He was tenacious in his work and adventurous in his leisure. He loved the outdoors, boating, water and snow skiing, fishing, shooting, working on cars and the Disney character "Goofy" as an example of not taking life too serious, he was "Grandpa Goofy". Bill could build a house or a car on the weekend and then be in trial on Monday. Most of all he loved his family. He spent his life helping others and carried his courage to the end. He is survived by his loving wife, Stephenie Anderson of Tucson; his son Scott, daughter-in-law Heather and three grandchildren Sienna, Sonnet and Stryker of Scottsdale; sisters Jolene and Linda of Onawa, Iowa and nieces Kelly Witt and Laura Turk of Phoenix. He was predeceased by his parents and sister, B.J. Bill was the "rock" of the family. He was always dependable, kind and generous. He was loved and respected by all who knew him and will be incredibly missed. Please join the family for an island casual Celebration of Life to be held Saturday, May 4, at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort (Indian Bend and Scottsdale Rd.) at 2:00 p.m.
Published in The Arizona Republic from Apr. 25 to Apr. 28, 2013