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Lawrence Turoff


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Lawrence Turoff

Phoenix - An extraordinary man has left us - better people for having known him. Larry Turoff, a career prosecutor, worked for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office for 38 years, retiring at 81 and even then, hating to leave. He worked for eight elected county attorneys, served as chief deputy for the office and was instrumental in forming the innovative Major Felony Bureau that put prosecutors at crime scenes, with firsthand knowledge when going to trial. As a young lawyer in the 1960's Larry twice tried Ernesto Miranda, whose case made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court and was the impetus for the now famous Miranda warnings.Larry was born January 30, 1932 in Brooklyn, NY to Max and Sarah Levine Turoff. His father died when Larry was ten. Larry and his mother lived in a one bedroom, cold water tenement apartment with hot water limited to twice a week and sharing a hallway bathroom with other families. Even at a young age, Larry knew he wanted more. He found that more in his love for the law. He married, graduated Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and moved to Phoenix in 1960. He lovingly raised two children, Michelle and David. Larry and Carol, married in 1989, were inseparable. Their interests were varied but always shared. There was only one kink they had to work out. When they met, Larry was a Democrat. Carol told him she couldn't marry a Democrat, and he knew she meant it. He reregistered and ultimately realized the error of his previous ways, joining her as an elected Republican precinct committeeman, state committeeman, and a resolute conservative. Daily nudges from Rush Limbaugh helped. Larry's talents were endless. In addition to being dashing and brilliant, he was well-read, witty, well-traveled and despite having a replacement aortic valve, had a heart filled with love. He and Carol clearly adored one another, but there was plenty of room left for his stepsons, Craig and David and their families. His grandchildren lit up his life. Zachary, the only grandchild for twelve years, traveled extensively with them and brought great joy. He was followed by Connor, Katherine, Anna, Tairyn and Alexander - each wonderfully unique and deeply loved by their proud "Grandpa." Larry was a respected mentor and genial host, who enjoyed having friends gather for good food, wine and spirited conversation. In addition to his interest in politics, Larry was a member of the Phoenix Art Museum and was, for many years, a theater aficionado, savoring local and Broadway traveling productions. He enjoyed a wide variety of sports, wished he was a better golfer and was an excellent ballroom dancer. An avid reader, he was never without a book, which kept him steeped in adventure. Larry was president of the Temple Beth Israel Brotherhood. The Jewish group relieved Christian volunteers serving Easter and Christmas meals to those in need at Valley shelters, allowing the "regulars" to enjoy the holidays with their own families. In retirement, he and Carol started the day with a crossword puzzle, kept up on the daily news, and remained active in politics. They often said how fortunate they were to have met. Quoting Larry's mother, "It was Kismet." A memorial service will take place 2:00 pm Sunday Feb. 11, at Phoenix Memorial Park, 200 W. Beardsley Rd., followed by a reception celebrating Larry's well-lived life at Moon Valley Country Club, 151 W. Moon Valley Dr.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Feb. 10, 2018
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