Honorable George Preston
1933 - 2020
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Honorable George Preston

Scottsdale - The Honorable George Preston (April 15, 1933-November 26, 2020)

The Honorable George Preston passed Thanksgiving Day from brain cancer. Preston was a private practice lawyer before becoming a magistrate for Scottsdale and, later, Cave Creek.

Born in Colorado Springs, George was raised by his mother Virginia and grandmother Ada. He joined the Navy at 19 to "see the world" serving aboard the U.S.S. Kearsarge during the Korean War. He then attended Phoenix College, ASU and U of A School of Law.

George was the instigator of neighborhood antics with his children Julie and Gaby, a passionate lover of books, art, archeology, history, poetry, motorcycles and the natural world. He frequently said if he hadn't become a lawyer, he would have liked to study forestry.

His family will miss his warm, caring and encouraging spirit; despite his nearly 88 years, he never forgot how to laugh or goof off. He is survived by wife Veronica Valadez of Scottsdale, daughters Julie Warner and Gaby Preston, granddaughter Sophie Warner, half-sister Jan Dunn, many friends whom he adored, and his beloved cat Hannah Tina. Services will be postponed to a later time. The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to Hospice of the Valley.




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Published in The Arizona Republic from Dec. 7 to Dec. 13, 2020.
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March 20, 2021
George was my buddy. He lived in our condo complex on Granite Reef Rd in Scottsdale. He got me into weight lifting and working out which helped tremendously in my football career. We pulled of some great pranks on our neighbors which did get us into trouble. I was the life guard at the pool teaching all the kids how to swim. George co signed on my first Master Card with a $500 limit. He helped me get a job at Doctors pet center while I was in college. He truly helped shape my life. He was my buddy!
Steve Coleman
Stephen Coleman
Friend
December 28, 2020
George..Veronica, Julie and Gaby what and how can you sum up such and amazing man in just a condolence. It's been many years since I have seen him but growing up in the court as a little girl till my teens Wednesdays and Fridays were my favorite times at Cave creek municipal. I looked forward to his stories and daily challenges of questions and interpretations. I was always quiet humored by his antics. He was brilliant and just a very genuine man. He taught me alot and always had such knowledgeable stories. Im very sorry for your loss. May his stories and memories create a solace for your hearts to heal. With immense sympathy and gratitude. God bless your family.
Raychel Passey
Friend
December 14, 2020
Dear Veronica, Julie and Gaby: I was very saddened to hear about George/your Dad’s passing. What a great man he was. It was always an honor to call him a long time friend. I met George/your Dad in the early 80’s when he was a pro-temp Judge then became City Judge of Scottsdale. I was very fortunate to have worked with him as the court administrator.
He was so smart, articulate, insightful,
funny and kind. He always loved his daughters and was very proud of you both. He certainly adored Veronica as well.
Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of a truly wonderful, honorable gentleman, husband, father and dear friend.
Barbara Burns
Scottsdale
Barbara Burns
Coworker
December 13, 2020
❤ YOU, DAD. I’ll see you in my dreams.
https://youtu.be/DF1vDXI1BJM
Gaby Preston
Family
December 12, 2020
I'm so sorry for the loss of your father Julie. I hope you and your family find peace in the wonderful memories you have together. Love and peace to you all. xo
Betsy Ballard
Friend
December 11, 2020
I tried my first jury trial in front of Judge Preston in Scottsdale. It was far from the trial of the century, but a first jury trial is always unforgettable to a new lawyer. I will forever appreciate how encouraging George Preston was to me those days in trial and how kind he was in the decades after when I would see him in court and around our community.
Gregg Woodnick
Acquaintance
December 11, 2020
I tried my first jury trial in front of Judge Preston in Scottsdale. It was far from the trial of the century, but a first jury trial is always unforgettable to a new lawyer. I will forever appreciate how encouraging George Preston was to me those few days in trial and how kind he was in the decades after when I would see him in court and around our community.
Gregg Woodnick
Acquaintance
December 10, 2020
I'm saddened to see that Judge Preston has passed. I testified in his court many times, many years ago, and always appreciated his common sense, sense of humor, and direct (sometimes scathingly so) approach to "blockheads." Rest in peace, Judge Preston.
Marcy
Acquaintance
December 9, 2020
Requiescat in pace, Judge Preston.
Eric J. Halvorson
Coworker
December 8, 2020
Miss you every single day, daddy...
Julie
Family
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