Leroy W Hofmann

February 22, 1929October 26, 2018

Leroy W. Hofmann, born 2/22/29 in Indianapolis, Indiana, passed away in Phoenix on 10/26/18 of natural causes. An Eagle Scout, he received his BA from Indiana University and married Eleanor Louise Jones in 1950.

Promptly drafted, Lee served as a 1st Lieutenant in the U. S. Army from 1951-1953, as he said, “successfully protecting Washington D. C. from a North Korean invasion!” He had a job in a store after he left the military, but deciding he wanted something more challenging, returned to IU Law School and worked his way through, supporting his family by playing drums in Jazz bands.

In 1958 the family moved to Arizona. There Lee served as Law Clerk for AZ Supreme Court Justice Fred Struckmeyer, passed the AZ State Bar Exam, and started a successful and rewarding career as a Trial Lawyer that lasted over 50 years.

In addition he volunteered as President of the AZ Trial Lawyers Assoc., Diplomat on the American Board of Trial Advocates, President of the Congregation at Church of the Beatitudes, Board of Directors Chairman at Beatitudes Campus Retirement Community, and Founding Board Member of the AZ Lost Boys Center. Honors included the I.U. Maurer School of Law Order of the Coif, and the Distinguished Service Award from the Acad. of Law Alumni Fellows. He was preceded in death by Eleanor, his wife of 59 years, and son Philip.

His generosity, kindness, intelligence, and humor will be greatly missed by his survivors, Cynthia Bethancourt, Julia Hofmann, Nancy Hofmann, Joanna Thompson, Karl Hofmann, 12 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held 11/17/18, 10:00 a.m., at Church of the Beatitudes, 555 W. Glendale Avenue, Phoenix, 85021.

Donations may be made to the AZ Lost Boys Center,


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Patrick Renz

November 16, 2018

I have been a friend of Karl and Jodi since elementary school. Mr. Hofmann was the kindest, most generous man I had ever met. He gave a helping hand when others wouldn't and that was very special. I am sad he is gone, but what a pleasure it was to know and love him. RIP Leroy.

Allyson Damon

November 12, 2018

I was very sad to hear of Mr. Hofmann's passing. I had the privilege of working with him in his law practice and helped him out when he needed administrative tasks done. He did so much for the legal community, the Beatitudes Campus and the Lost Boys. He truly was one in a million and I am going to miss him very much. My condolences to the Hofmann family.

Frank Verderame

November 10, 2018

Lee was a mentor to me and many others. His intelligence, thoughtfulness and insight made him a credit to his profession. His patience and kindness were an example to all. His compassion for those in need was manifested by numerous acts of charity and pro bono work. Lee’s legacy includes significant influence on the development of the law, as his name appears on 75 appellate court opinions. Most of all, I will miss his steady voice of reason and his friendship.

Sheri Osgood

November 9, 2018

Mr. Hofmann always helped the underdog. He even helped me and my father. A very generous father to all his family. I hope my Dad hosted him through heaven’s gate.

Julie Hofmann

November 8, 2018

My Dad was a very generous and loving man who unselfishly gave all of himself to family, friends and many different worthwhile and groundbreaking causes. He always had time for anyone in need. He refered to me as “Peanut”. A nickname I will always treasure. I miss you Dad.

Joanna Hofmann Thompson

November 8, 2018

The most generous, kind, brilliant, loving man I have ever known. As a father...he was simply the BEST !