Frank X. Gordon Jr.
1929 - 2020
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Frank X. Gordon, Jr.

Phoenix - Retired Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court, the Hon. Frank X. Gordon Jr. passed away on January 6, 2020 at the Beatitudes Retirement Community in Phoenix where he lived with his wife Joan. Frank passed away 3 days before his 91st birthday. Frank was an only child, born to Frank X. Gordon and Lucille (Gburek) Gordon on January 9, 1929 in Chicago, Illinois. The family moved to Kingman, Arizona in the summer of 1929. Frank graduated from Mohave County Union High School in 1947. He attended Stanford University graduating in 1951. While at Stanford, Frank met and married Joan Gipe just before the start of Frank's senior year in college. Frank obtained his law degree from the University of Arizona, graduating in 1954. The Gordons moved to Kingman after Frank graduated from law school. Frank practiced law there with his father from 1954 to 1962. Frank was appointed to the Superior Court in Mohave County in May of 1962 by Governor Fannin. Thereafter, Frank was elected and served as a Superior Court judge in Mohave County for 13 years, from 1962 to 1975.

In 1975, Governor Raul Castro appointed Frank to the Arizona Supreme Court. From 1975 to 1987, Frank was an Associate Justice and then Vice Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court. Frank served as Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court from 1987 to 1992. After retiring from the Arizona Supreme Court, Frank joined the Phoenix firm of Roush, McCracken & Guerrero. Frank is survived by his wife Joan, his children Frank Gordon III (Ruth Ann) and Candy (Scott) Lander and grandchildren Brandee (Pete) Proffit, Scott K. (Jamie) Lander and Elisha (Joel) Blickenstaff and 12 great grandchildren and many friends. His character and honesty earned him the respect of his fellow judges and lawyers and the citizens of the State of Arizona. Memorial services will be held at First United Methodist Church located at Central Ave. and Missouri in Phoenix on Monday January 13, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to UMOM Homeless Shelter 3333 E. Van Buren St., Phx. Az. 85008; The Beatitudes Campus 1610 W. Glendale Ave. 85021; First United Methodist Church 5510 N. Central Ave. Phx. Az. 85013 or The Mohave Museum of History and Art 400 West Beale St. Kingman, Az. 86401. Graveside services to be held on Friday Jan. 17th at noon at Mountain View Cemetery in Kingman, Az. For tributes please visit www.almoore-grimshaw.com






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Published in The Arizona Republic from Jan. 8 to Jan. 12, 2020.
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January 19, 2020
Joan, we are deeply saddened to hear of Frank's passing! Blessings to you in the days ahead to find comfort in your lifetime of great memories together! We'll always remember the two of you graciously welcoming this 20-something young couple and our one year old son up to your cabin for a weekend in the cool pines. That weekend prompted us then to get a small place in the pines and provided us and our children then with over 20 years of our own fond memories.....see what you two started?! Love and strength to you!!! Patti and Victor
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January 13, 2020
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January 13, 2020
Since I was a little girl Judge Gordon and Joan were always so gracious and kind. Praying the Lord's arms around you Joan. Strength and comfort to Trey, Candy and the entire family. May God be glorified.
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January 13, 2020
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January 12, 2020
Joan,

We were so sorry to hear about Frank. Soul mates for having lived in Kingman.

Rev. Richard and Marlene Northup
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January 12, 2020
What a great judge and, more importantly, a truly fine man he was. May his memory be a blessing to his family and all those who knew him.
Scot Stirling
January 12, 2020
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January 11, 2020
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)
January 11, 2020
What a pleasure to have known FranK! He always enjoyed a good joke and gave you one of equal quality.
Frank did an outstanding job presiding over the impeachment trial of Governor Ev Mecham. I was on the Board of Managers and during the courts recess Frank and I would occasionally swap stories and jokes!
He was no joke on the bench, he was eloquent!
Arizona is a better place as a result of Franks judicial expertise.
May God give his family the peace to say goodbye.
Henry Evans
La Jolla CA
January 11, 2020
My deepest sympathies. Frank had such a great sense of humor and know he will be missed by all. Prayers to Joan and children .
Debbie Sexton
January 10, 2020
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
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January 10, 2020
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January 10, 2020
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)
January 10, 2020
Sorry to read of your loss. Frank truly "made a difference".
James Attebery
January 10, 2020
Dear Joan and family,
The State of Arizona was a better place with Frank in it.
Thank you all for sharing him with us.
Posey Moore Nash
January 10, 2020
Dear Joan,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours. Mr. Gordon was a wonderful and interesting man.
Donna and Dan Slocum
January 9, 2020
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)
January 9, 2020
Justice Gordon: After working with you at the Court and chatting with you in Church, I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your smile, wit and thoughts about my family. May You Rest in Peace.

To Joan and the Family: May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together.
Herb Kanter
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