Paul Colarich Jr. | Latest obituaries
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 (blueridgescholarship.com), St. Jude Children’s Research
Hospital, Salvation Army, Pinetop Presbyterian Parish Church, or one of the many
Charities that support veterans.