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Morris Rozar

Phoenix - Morris Rozar, former Maricopa County Superior Court Judge, died on November 3, 2019. He was 90 years of age. He was born in Eastman, Georgia, the son of Albert Estes and Mattie Pearl Morris Rozar, his father insisted he have no middle name as he wanted his son to represent the coming together of the two families. The family moved to Raleigh, North Carolina where he Graduated from Hugh Morrison High School and Campbell Junior College. He went on to attend Wake Forest University for two years prior to enlisting in the U.S. Air Force where he rose from the ranks to First Lieutenant, he served four years completing 13 missions over Korea. Once completing his service, he returned to finish his degree at Wake Forest. Graduating from Wake Forest, he attended George Washington Law School in Washington, D.C., where he attended school at night and worked during the day. Soon after graduating from GW Law, Morris moved to Phoenix, Arizona. Morris an avid tennis player, played for Wake Forest while in school and played at the Yokota Air Base Japan and the Mountain Home AFB Idaho while in the Service. A member of the Board of the Phoenix District Tennis Association, he was instrumental in the development of the Phoenix Tennis Center. During his legal career Morris served as a Federal Prosecutor, Assistant Arizona Attorney General and Assistant Phoenix City Attorney. He was a graduate of the National College of Trial Judges and was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. A former Eagle Scout, he served on the Advisory Board to the Theodore Roosevelt Council of the Boy Scouts.

Morris and Helen were property owners on Bald Head Island in North Carolina since 1988. They built their home in 1995 and the Island became their permanent home. They spent 14 wonderful years on the Island where Morris enjoyed many hours walking on the beach and in the woods and he also spent time serving on the Village Council.

Morris was passionate about history and enjoyed reading biographies and nonfiction. He loved boating and took his desert dwelling family on many nautical adventures including a trip to Alaska. While he resided in Arizona for over 50 years he will always be remembered as a Southern Gentleman.

He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years Helen; son Michael; daughter Jennifer and two grandchildren, Quinton and Jett.

A celebration of his life will be held at the Beatitudes Campus. Condolences may be posted at

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Alzheimer's Association at, or the Albert and Mattie Morris Rozar Scholarship Fund, Campbell University C/O advancement, PO Box 116, Buies Creek, NC 27506.

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Published in The Arizona Republic from Dec. 3 to Dec. 4, 2019.
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December 7, 2019
I met Judge Rozar in 1964 when we were both Attorney General Assistants He preside as a Trial Judge in multiple jury trials in which I was trial counsel. I can say without reservation that he was one of the most fair judges I knew. Morris labored over decisions that he wanted to be fair and equitable. I had experiences where his sense of fairness made certain decisions that challenged .his sense of fairness within the rule of law .He was a compassionate professional . I know he is looking down on this and that I pray that God has blessed him and always will.Good by to a good, good man.
Frank Parks
December 7, 2019
I met Morris in 1964 wen we were both Attorney General Assistants. I appeared before Judge Rozar on multiple occasions when he presided at jury trials.I personally believed that he labored to be fair..I need not give examples as there were many. At this moment I know Morris is listening as I say thank you for your service, your lack of prejudice, your professionalism and a compassion for fairness. In short he was the most fair Judge I ever knew. God will bless you Morris.
Frank Parks
December 4, 2019
My condolences to the family. I remember Morris from our time at the City of Phoenix and later when he became a Superior Court judge. I always thought of Morris as "a true gentleman". he was a good guy.
Jim Attebery
December 4, 2019
My condolences are extended as you mourn the loss of your dear loved one. May you find comfort and strength to cope during this trying time. (Psalm 90:10)
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