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Dennis Jones

Phoenix, Arizona

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Dennis C. Jones, of Phoenix, Arizona, born on April 20, 1951, to the late Bill & Doris Jones, passed away at age 67 on September 16, 2018.

Dennis was born and raised in St. Paul, MN. In 1964, the family moved from St. Paul to Phoenix, where Dennis attended West High School. After High School, Dennis served in the United States Army. Dennis later attended Arizona State University then Whittier Law School.

In 1979, Dennis was admitted to the State Bar of Arizona. For over 30 years, Dennis practiced law in Phoenix, Arizona with a focus on criminal defense. Dennis spent many years of his career with the Maricopa County Public Defender and Maricopa County Office of the Legal Defender.

Dennis is survived by his loving wife, Deborah; son, Michael; daughter, Kelah; dauther-in-law, Jamie; stepsons, AJ and Ian; stepdaughters, Heather and Sade; sisters, Laurie Shaw and Karen Lockrem; and 10 grandchildren. He loved sailing, hiking, traveling and being optimistic about everything life had to offer.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Dennis' name to the Alzheimer's Association or Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice (AACJ) are welcome and appreciated.

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I am surprised and saddened to hear of Dennis' death. I remember fondly and well the generous assistance Dennis provided me when I first began work at the Maricopa Public Defender's Office. And, I also remember Dennis' sly and understated sense of humor.

I loved working with and learning from Dennis at OLD and enjoyed running into him at the federal courthouse now and again after his retirement. I was so sad to hear of his passing. May he Rest In Peace. My thoughts and prayers go out to Mike and the whole family.

Sorry to hear of your passing, you will be greatly missed.

He was a great guy and he did excellent work

He was a classic, calm in the eye of the storm of the criminal defense world, with a unique world perspective. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Dennis was one of the first attorneys I met at the Office of the Legal Defender, I will remember him for his smile, and his good humor. He was someone who you could always approach with a question and he would do his best to answer it. He was a true believer and a gentlman. He also had one of the coolest prints of Atticus Finch I have ever seen.

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