Ross P. Lee
1939 - 2019
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Ross P. Lee

Scottsdale - Ross P. Lee, of Scottsdale, AZ, passed away at home on February 28, 2019.

Ross was born in Madison, WI, to Robert and Mildred Lee on October 21, 1939. He went to high school at Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix, before attending Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA, for his undergraduate studies. Ross then attended law school at the University of Arizona in Tucson before passing the Arizona Bar upon graduating.

Ross was a practicing attorney and led the Maricopa County Office of the Public Defender in Phoenix for over 20 years where he gained public notoriety as the county's top attorney for his pioneering leadership and progressive policies that helped transform the office into what it is today.

Ross is survived by his three children, Pamela Reardon of Albuquerque, NM, Annabel Urrea of Scottsdale, and Justin Lee of Tempe, as well as his younger brother Greg Lee of Tucson, his son-in-law Chuck Reardon of Albuquerque, his six beautiful grandchildren, countless nephews and nieces, extended family, and close friends.

Ross took great pride in his large family as well as his close friends, many of whom he kept in contact with since childhood. Known for his sarcastic sense of humor and razor-sharp wit, Ross also had a passion for politics, Elvis Presley, deep sea fishing in Rocky Point, classic cars, spending time with his grandchildren in Arizona and New Mexico, and of course, midnight runs to Dairy Queen.

Rosary and visitation will be this Thursday at 4:30 p.m., followed by the funeral at 5:30 p.m., both at Brophy College Preparatory Chapel at 4701 N. Central Ave in Phoenix. Reception will be held immediately after the funeral at 7:00 p.m., nearby at The Orchard at 7100 N. 12th Street. A private burial of close family will be held the following day on Friday at 11:00 a.m. at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery at 2033 N. 48th Street in Phoenix.

Donations, in lieu of flowers, can be made in Ross's name to Catholic Charities of Arizona or the American Diabetes Association.

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Published in The Arizona Republic on Mar. 26, 2019.
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April 15, 2019
Ross was an amazing grandfather to my two boys, the only one they have ever known, as a matter of fact. I am so grateful to have had him in my life and in the lives of my sons. He will be remembered fondly.
Sherri Falco
March 31, 2019
My deepest condolences. Ross gave me a job in 1982 at the Maricopa County Public Defender. He always supported me and was always in my corner. He was a gentleman, and I respected him. I will never forget his confidence in me. I became a career Public Defender after he gave me this start. I will always appreciate him and never forget what he did for me.
Ken Everett
Ken Everett
March 27, 2019
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March 27, 2019
Ross was a dear friend of the Raineri family. He and my husband, Joe, had been friends since high school.
They laughed about their drag races and other mischief they got into. He will be missed.
Wendy Raineri
March 26, 2019
My heartfelt condolences to the family during this time of sorrow. May you find comfort and hope knowing that God understands your grief and he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6,7
March 26, 2019
My deepest Sympathy to his Family. Ross was a gifted leader and wonderful Boss at the Public Defender's Office. I will always appreciate working there with him and so many excellent Attorneys that he hired some of whom have remained life long friends.
Gary Wollschlager
March 26, 2019
thanks for all good memories. you are in my thoughts and prayers.
john baer
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