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Penwell, Donald Lee
Donald Lee Penwell slipped peacefully into the hereafter at Scottsdale Hospital on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 after a short illness that culminated in pneumonia. He was born in El Reno, Oklahoma on August 13, 1930. He was an accomplished athlete having gained honors playing basketball, starting at Oklahoma City University where his team won the All College tournament while being named Most Valuable Player. Although he was drafted by the Baltimore Bullets of the NBA, he elected to join Caterpillar Tractor of the National Industrial Basketball League where the competition was better and post-playing career opportunities were greater. His basketball career culminated in winning the World Amateur Championship in Rio de Janerio, Brazil. His business career was centered in the electronic bookkeeping industry where he was co-founder and president of EBS, Inc. and later vice president of sales for ADS, Inc. While he was proud of his athletic and business careers, his enduring legacy is the relationships he fostered with family and friends. He treasured those above all else. Mr. Penwell was predeceased by his parents, Cleva and Clifford Penwell of Oklahoma City, OK. He is survived by his wife Brenda, his brother Bill and sister-in-law Mary Jane Penwell of Greenwich, CT, his children Sharon Penwell of Litchfield Park, AZ, Debora Wilson of Parker, CO, and Stanley Penwell of Scottsdale, AZ, and five grandchildren and six great grandchildren. A celebration of his life is tentatively planned for Saturday, April 21, 2012 at a place yet to be determined. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Arizona Humane Society

Published in The Arizona Republic on Mar. 11, 2012
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