Javier Sedillo

Sedillo, Javier "Xavier"
Javier "Xavier" Sedillo, age 38, formerly of Flagstaff, Arizona, passed away on January 31, 2014. At the time of his death, Javier was married to Mariam Sedillo, and has three children, Jimmy Sedillo, 7, Sophia Sedillo, 6, and Levi Sedillo, 2. Javier was living in Chandler, Arizona. He was a devoted father and loved his children immensely. Javier graduated from Flagstaff High School in 1993, and earned respective degrees, an undergraduate degree in Political Science, minor in Spanish, and a Juris Doctorate degree from Arizona State University. After becoming a licensed attorney in Arizona in 2003, Javier gained employment as an Assistant City Prosecutor for the City of Phoenix, where he did hundreds of DUI trials. Three years later, Javier built his own practice, and with Sedillo Law Firm, he became a criminal defense attorney to be reckoned with. In the legal community, he was known for his wealth of experience, his big heart and his passion for the law. Javier was an articulate person, he truly believed in the good of the human spirit, and he thrived in the courtroom as a trial lawyer In death, Javier is reunited with his father, Judge James "Jim" Sedillo, of Flagstaff, Arizona. He is survived by his beautiful mother, Aurora "Dolly" Dallago, of Phoenix, Arizona, who he held dear to his heart, and his three sisters, Alid (Ron) DeWitt of Queen Creek, Arizona, Alexia (Tony Gonzales) Sedillo of Flagstaff, Arizona and Ariana (Tony) Nido of Tempe, Arizona, and many nieces and nephews. Javier knew life was precious, and he lived his life to the fullest. He always sought greatness and pursued his goals to make himself successful. In his short life, he achieved more than most would ever dream about. Javier will be remembered for his charismatic personality, confidence and boyish good looks. Every moment with Javier was memorable because of how important he made you feel. Although he worked hard, he was generous with everyone and gave so much of himself to others. Javier was truly a gift from God, and he will be missed. Not only will we miss his big "contagious" smile, but also his deep laugh, that by itself, moved people. It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live. Javier lived a wonderful life, and he will continue to live in his friends, family and children. We are all better people for having known Javier. A Memorial service for Javier will be held on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 2:00 p.m., at Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church, located at 4715 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85012. A Celebration of Life will immediately follow at the Grant Park Recreational Center, 714 S. 2nd Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85003. A memorial fund has been set up at Wells Fargo Bank on behalf of his three children.

Published in The Arizona Republic on Feb. 7, 2014