Funeral notices, November 23, 2022







Our beloved father, husband, grandfather, uncle and friend passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 19, 2022, at the age of 88. Born in Pasadena, California, on March 17, 1934, Gordon attended Glendale High School before transferring to the University of California at Berkeley. After graduation, he served two years in the Air Force as a captain, stationed in Marrakech. In 1963, he moved to Tucson, Arizona, to attend the University of Arizona College of Law, graduating in 1965. With his partners, Gordon founded the firm of Waterfall, Economidis, Caldwell, Hanshaw, Villamana PC in 1968, which today flourishes. He retired in 2017 at the age of 83. Gordon practiced tax and estate planning for most of his 52 years as an attorney, during which time he served in many associations and received numerous awards. He served as Judge Pro Tempore in the Pima County Superior Court (1973-1974), served as president of the Pima County Bar Association (1976-1977), was an adjunct faculty member of the University of Arizona College of Law (1981 – 1985), President of the Southern Arizona Estate Planning Council (1984-1985), President of the State Bar of Arizona and Arizona Bar Foundation (1989-1990), Fellow and Arizona State President of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel ( 1987 -1992) and Chairman of the Uniform Trust and Estate Subcommittee. Gordon generously gave his time and energy to his profession, his community, and the causes he believed in. He was a member of the American College of Tax Counsel and director of the University of Arizona College of Law Foundation until his death. He lectured extensively on estate planning and tax topics, served as president of the Tucson Community Foundation for Southern Arizona (1990-1993) and served on its board of directors (1985-1997). He also served on the board of directors of the Kino Learning Center, the Primavera Foundation, and the Murphey Foundation. Gordon enjoyed bird hunting and fly fishing and traveled to some of the most beautiful locations in the world to indulge his passions. He loved challenges and found them climbing the mountains and hills. When he was 77, he climbed the steepest path to the top of Kilimanjaro. His greatest pleasure was spending time with family, many friends and dog friends. He is survived by his wife, Donna Grant, brother Neil; children Greg (Leigh Ann), Karen and Julia (Brian); grandchildren Melissa, Katherine, Sophia, Samantha, and Chloe; great-grandchildren Zachary and Maxwell, as well as many nieces, nephews and stepchildren and grandchildren. The family will hold a celebration of his life for family and friends in the spring. In lieu of flowers, make a memorial gift to the Primavera Foundation, the University of Arizona College of Law for Student Scholarships, or the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona.

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