Steven Dale Copple born on June 14, 1943 in Berkeley, California the youngest child of William and Rowena (Tucker) Copple, passed away on January 4, 2014. The family moved to Yuma, Arizona, home of the Copple grandparents, in 1951 after William Copple's graduation from law school. Steve graduated from Yuma Union High School in 1961, was active in student government and served as a national officer in Key Club International. Attending college at the University of Arizona he earned his BS in 1965 and his JD in 1969 and was then admitted to the Arizona Bar, following in the footsteps of his father and brother. He was a member of the SAE fraternity which was a very important part of Steve's life. Steve began his well-respected law career as a defense attorney and later became a plaintiff's lawyer which became his life's work. He joined the firm of Black, Robertshaw & Copple and then formed the law firm of Copple, Chamberlin, Boehm & Murphy before opening the office of Copple & Copple where he loved practicing law with his son Christopher. Steve was a member of the American Board of Trial Advocacy, the TAOS Group which is a Private Business Retreat of Trial Lawyers, and Steve had recently been accepted into the EEG group that meets several times a year to share medical malpractice data and information. Steve loved his work, he loved being a lawyer and helping people. Anyone who knew him knew he loved to laugh and was a fun, kind, and compassionate man. I think the most joy and fun Steve had was when he and his son opened the law firm of Copple & Copple. The cruelest part of losing Steve, is that it happened so quickly but we will never forget him. He is survived by his partner of 15 years Carol Campbell; son, Steven Christopher Copple; daughter, Kim Copple-Reed (Paul), ex- wife, Jamie Copple; Carol's grandchildren, (whom he dearly loved as his own), Jordan and Jaden Campbell; brother-in-law, Dan and Lonna Powell, sister-in-law, Jean Copple; nieces and nephews, Brian and Pam Copple as well as their son, Mark; Christy Copple and her sons, Trevor and Casey; Cathy and Andy Swann and their children, Tucker, Dillon, and Lainey; Rick and Disi Schilke and children, Brittany, RJ, Randi Jo, and Suzi; Linda Schilke and her sons, Sam and Kenny, and family pets, Snowflake, Katie and Brownie. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, January 18, 2014, 1:30 p.m. at Christ Church of the Ascension, 4015 E. Lincoln Dr., Paradise Valley, AZ 85253. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are being accepted at (HALO, The Arizona Humane Society, ASPCA or any animal shelter of your choice) in honor of Steve's "grand-dogs". Please visit www.hansenmortuary.com to place online condolences.
Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Jan. 15, 2014