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Paul W. Colarich Jr. of Pinetop, Arizona passed away on Saturday, May 1, 2021 at the age of 80.

Paul was born on June 18, 1940 in Morenci, Arizona, to father Paul W. Colarich Sr. and mother Helen

Stover Colarich and was the oldest of three children. Paul previously lived in several Arizona mining towns

his family settled in Ajo. There he met his wife Sheila while attending Ajo High School. After this

Upon graduation, Paul joined the Marines, earned the rank of Lance Corporal, and served aboard the USS

Lexington and was a Captains Orderly. After his honorable discharge, Paul used his GI bill

Benefits of attending the University of Arizona and earning both his bachelor’s and law degrees.

Paul’s successful lawyer career spanned over 50 years. He was a member of the Arizona State Bar

Associated and operated thriving private practices in Tucson and Pinetop. A highlight from Paul

His prestigious legal career took place in 1993 when the governor named him Navajo County

Paul lived his life with dignity, grace, and humility. He was an attentive and understanding listener, and

His advice was deliberate, deliberate, and all-encompassing. In addition, he was a leader in his

Community and dedicated his life to helping others. Paul served as legal advisor on several boards

including the Ponderosa Water Improvement District and supported two scholarship programs that

enabled small-town youth to attend colleges. Though people saw Paul as such

As a calm and serious man, his sense of humor was second to none. His witty comments were extremely good.

Time-controlled and triggered, depending on the situation, from a sly grin to an exuberant laugh.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his 54-year-old wife, Sheila Lumley

Colarich; Sisters Pat Colarich Schroeder (Roger) and Cindy Colarich Abril; Children DaNeil Colarich Olson

(Jon) and Jason Colarich; and grandsons Erik Olson and Corinn Olson.

A private service will be held at the National Memorial Cemetery, Arizona. Instead of flowers, people

If you want to honor Paul’s lifelong commitment to family and community, donate to the University of

Arizona Foundation Tucson AZ 85721 P.O. Box 210109 in the Memo area under Check No. 40-01-85003 Ajo

Alumni Club, Blue Ridge Scholarship Fund (, St. Jude Children’s Research

Hospital, Salvation Army, Pinetop Presbyterian Parish Church, or one of the many

Charities that support veterans.

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