Kip Holmes, 64, passed away on September 29, 2013, surrounded by family. Kip was born to Clifford and Ruth Holmes on July 9, 1949, in Grand Junction, Colorado. He grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah and Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and he graduated from Cate School in 1967 and from Harvard University in 1970. While working a summer job, Kip met his wife of forty-two years, Julie Doane of Astoria, Oregon. Kip and Julie were married in Portland, Oregon in August 1971. Kip was a police officer in Portland while Julie attended graduate school and began her social work career. In 1974, they moved to Washington, D.C., where Kip graduated from Georgetown University Law Center.
In 1977, Kip and Julie moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where they started a family and Kip began a career as a prosecutor that spanned four decades. He began with the Joint Legislative Task Force on Organized Crime, and then moved to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office Organized Crime and Racketeering Unit. In 1981, Kip joined the Arizona Attorney General's Office, starting with the Organized Crime Project. He served as Chief of the Financial Remedies Section from 1987 to 2008, and thereafter as Senior Litigation Counsel and consultant. In 2010, Kip became the Director of the Southwest Border Anti-Money Laundering Alliance, the result of a multimillion dollar settlement designed to combat money laundering associated with drug and human smuggling. He was the founding member and Chair of the Arizona Forefeiture Association, and he organized an annual Southwest Border Money Laundering Conference. Kip received the Distinguished Public Lawyer Award in 2005 and the Arizona Prosecutor Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008.
Kip was a leading and unwavering authority on money laundering and asset forfeiture in Arizona and nationwide. He devoted his career to protecting the public from financial fraud and racketeering. Kip authored Arizona forfeiture law, spoke on forfeiture and money laundering in twenty-nine states and internationally, and served as Associate Counsel to the Senate Iran-Contra Committee in 1987. Kip gathered and led interdisciplinary teams that were responsible for the seizure of over $100 million returned to fraud victims. Kip combined the investigative tenacity of a police officer with a brilliant and creative legal mind. He collaborated with the Arizona Department of Public Safety and Phoenix Police Department through the Arizona Financial Crimes Task Force, and he mentored public lawyers and law enforement personnel at every level.
Kip was a loving husband to his wife Julie and loving father to his children Ryan and wife Rupali of Phoenix, Colin of Washington, D.C., and Lauren and husband Nick of New Haven, Connecticut. In addition, he was intrigued by design and how he could make things work better. Kip enjoyed working on his car and inventing everyday equipment. He even developed and designed a beach house, including elaborate water supply and filtering systems. Kip also loved hiking the Arizona wilderness.
Kip is survived by his wife, children, parents of Bartlesville and siblings Alexander of Norman, Oklahoma, Sven of Washington, D.C., Hugh of Hong Kong, Kurt of North Stonington, Connecticut, Madeline of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and Alison of Arcata, California, and their families.
Published in Examiner-Enterprise from Oct. 6 to Nov. 5, 2013