Armand Salese passed away on April 10, 2013. He was born on February 1, 1942 in Cleveland, OH and raised in Phoenix, AZ. He is preceded in death by his mother, Helen; daughter, Tiffany; granddaughter, Ragan and best friend, Ralph Alvarez. He is survived by his loving wife of almost 40 years, Mary and children, Natalie Salese Gonzalez (Arturo), Damian Salese (Ericka), and Davina Salese; sister, Rose Fieldgrove; brother, Bob Salese and grandchildren, Briana, Gaby, Madi, Sierra, Dakota, Viantay, Taylor, Desirae, Damian- Armand and Maddux. He graduated from Golden Gate University Summa Cum Laude and from Hastings College of Law in San Francisco. He enlisted in the USAF from 1959-63 at age 17 and was always fond of telling stories about the time he was stationed at St. Lawrence Island, Alaska, listening to the Russians. In 1971, he came to Tucson as a Reggie attorney with Legal Aid, then with the Pima County Public Defender's office and in private practice since 1974. In the early 1980's, he spent several years in what became known as the Miracle Valley case and took it to its conclusion in civil and criminal aspects. He also represented clients in employment, wrongful termination, civil rights, and brokerage claims. He was recognized by Best Lawyers in America for 24 years in the area of employment law and received numerous other awards. He was AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell. He was an avid hunter and his great joy were his yearly hunting trips, although he rarely shot anything. Another fervent passion was fishing; He had a catamaran "Mr. Tata" and enjoyed fishing in the Sea of Cortez off San Carlos, Mexico. He leaves behind many colleagues during his 40+ years as an attorney in the Tucson area, many acquaintances and many friends--- in particular Randy Lopez, Jesus Gomez, Russ Barcey, Gerry Norman and longtime secretary Vickie Adams. A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, April 14, 2013 from 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Knights of Columbus, 601 S. Tucson Blvd., 85716. Arrangements by FUNERARIA DEL ANGEL SOUTH LAWN.
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Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Apr. 14, 2013