Donald R. Kunz
1929 - 2020
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Donald R. Kunz

Scottsdale - Donald R. Kunz passed away peacefully on July 10 of cancer at his home in Scottsdale. He was a nationally known trial lawyer based in Phoenix for the past 65 years. He was born June 6, 1929, in Dubuque Iowa, to Charles and Rose Kunz.

Don grew up in Iowa, earning his B.A. in English Literature from the University of Iowa in 1951. He then moved to Arizona where he earned his J.D. from the University of Arizona College of Law in 1955.

He was a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers; a founding member of the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel; and a founding Fellow of the Arizona Bar Foundation.

Always a Renaissance man, Don spent many seasons in Egypt where he assisted in archeological research near the Great Pyramids and the Valley of the Kings.Over the past 30 years, Don and his wife, Edith, enjoyed summers in Paris. "I feel fortunate to have lived for 50 years with such a civilized, intelligent and loving gentleman," said Edith.

Don's survivors include his wife, Edith, daughters, Leslie, Susan, Kristin, and Jennifer, and their families. A family memorial in Don's honor will be held this fall.




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Published in The Arizona Republic from Jul. 17 to Jul. 19, 2020.
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LaRae Verros
August 11, 2020
One of the most incredible, amazing people I have ever known. He loved his girls, adored his wife and simply, he loved people. He was honest and had a laugh that even the reserved could not ignore. He was the Champion and the Charmer. Every fiber of his being was simply pure. You will be missed, my friend. Until we meet again and say "Hey YOU", xoxox.
Jolene Morris
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August 11, 2020
One of the most incredible, amazing people I have ever known. He loved his girls, adored his wife and simply, he loved people. He was honest and had a laugh that even the reserved could not ignore. He was the Champion and the Charmer. Every fiber of his being was simply pure. You will be missed, my friend. Until we meet again and say "Hey YOU", xoxox.
Jolene
Family
August 11, 2020
One of the most incredible, amazing people I have ever known. He loved his girls, adored his wife and simply, he loved people. He was honest and had a laugh that even the reserved could not ignore. He was the Champion and the Charmer. Every fiber of his being, was simply pure. Everything he did was for others. You will be missed, my friend. Until we meet again and say "HEY you". xoxox
Jolene Morris
Friend
July 26, 2020
I had the great honor to have Don as my opposing counsel on several cases over the years, then to work with him at his last stop before his retirement. He was simply, and without question, one of the people I admired most, both professionally and personally. I aspire every day to be both as interesting and as interested as Don was. I am better for having known him.
Greg Rosenthal
Coworker
July 20, 2020
y condolences to all the family. Krissy has always spoken so highly of her dad. She shared stories of her trip to Egypt with him.
Sharon Comer
Friend
July 20, 2020
With his wife Edith, Don cut a distinguished figure among intellectual and artistic circles in Paris. Their dinner guests at Place des Vosges always enjoyed their art of conversation as a privilege. With his commanding presence, stentorian voice and and rhetorical powers, Don would have made a substantial addition to the Roman Senate at the time of Cicero.
He was a kind and faithful friend who will be missed in Paris and in Brittany.

René Daligault, Saint-Malo.
René Daligault
Friend
July 19, 2020
I will miss Dons energy, love of life and never ending smile. He was an amazing partner. What a life!
Matt Kleifield
Friend
July 19, 2020
I am saddened by Don's passing and my condolences go to his wife Edith and children.He was my friend since 1970 and a valued partner in our law firm, Bess & Kunz, for fifteen years. He will be missed in the legal community as he was one of the best lawyers I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with. RIP Don.
Leon D. Bess
Friend
July 19, 2020
Condolences to the family. I had the pleasure of working with don for for 20 plus years. I will never forget his laugh it was contiguous.
Lori Gilroy
Coworker
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