Donald H. Friedman

May 7, 1943November 2, 2012
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Donald Harvey Friedman, 69, of Peoria, AZ passed away peacefully in his sleep on November 2, 2012. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri on May 7, 1943 to Irvin and Miriam Friedman. Don graduated from Horton Watkins High School, earned a Bachelor of Science in Business from Arizona State University, and continued his education at American University, achieving an MBA. Don was an avid tennis player for many years, enjoyed performing in musical theatre, coaching little league, and traveling this country and overseas. Don loved to host picnics, holiday parties, and bar-be-cues. Before retirement, Don worked many years as an auditor for the General Accounting Office, McDonnell Douglas, and ultimately, the Boeing Company. Don was a lifetime member of the Certified Fraud Examiners group and had 2 holes-in-one to his credit on the golf course. He and Leslie retired to the Phoenix area to be close to and spend time with their family.

Don leaves behind the light of his life, his best friend and wife Leslie Friedman; his children, daughter Julie (Patrick) Smith, son Douglas (Christie) Friedman; brother Steven (Meri) Friedman, and sister Judith (Bruce) Raben. His legacy will continue through his cherished grandchildren, Rachel, Kelly, and Grady.

Please join Donald’s family for a Memorial Service on Wednesday, November 7th at 10:00 am in the Peace Mausoleum at Sunland Memorial Park 15826 Del Webb Blvd. Sun City, AZ 85351.

In lieu of floral memorials, please thoughtfully honor Donald’s life by making a donation to either American Cancer Society or the National Fragile X Foundation 1615 Bonanza Street Suite 202 Walnut Creek, CA 04596.

Sunland Memorial Park and Mortuary have been entrusted with Donald’s care. Please leave online condolence messages for his family at


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November 16, 2012

There is always something special about your first best friend while growing up. I was so happy to have reconnected with you last year.
I am sure you will be missed by all that knew you.

Stuart Silk

Pam Williams

November 15, 2012

I just learned the sad news today. Like so many other Internal Audit members, I too have great memories of Don. He was a great boss and his sense of humor made work fun. When cell phones first came out - I remember Don talking about taking a phone out of his house and putting it in his car so he could pretend to have the latest "gadget". The way he told the story was REALLY funny. All of us always enjoyed his help and participation in the Xmas skits and his visits to the "cookie parties". He will be missed. My thoughts are with you.

JB & Sylvia Brown

November 8, 2012


Sylvia and I are saddened with your loss. Don was more than a mentor for me but a dear friend. He will be missed.

Lewie Pulley

November 8, 2012

In another month it would have been 25 years since I first met Don at the MDC Audit Offices in Cypress interviewing with Carrie Johnson. Over the years I considered Don my mentor and we enjoyed our early Friday morning golf sessions before work. Karen and I always had fond memories of parties hosted by Leslie and Don at their home. The only thing left to say is God Speed Don, you and the Friedman family are in my prayers.

Phillip and Diana Russell

November 8, 2012


Although we cannot experience how devastated you are, we can experience our personal sense of loss. Don was a helpful auditing mentor, a good actor, and always showed a positive, realistic attitude. We feel that our lives were enriched by Don in so many ways.

Nick Pieti

November 7, 2012

I worked with Don at Boeing. He was a joy. From his Mafia staff car to his booming, ice-breaking laugh he was the undeniable straw that stirs the drink. Once, he did a Keri Strug imitation at a training session that was so spontaneous, so funny and so Don.

November 7, 2012

Don, we feel that we knew you such a short time. We loved your sense of humor and companionship. You will be missed. Dick and Gerry Simpson

November 7, 2012

Don, you were always the life of the party, always making everyone feel so, so good. From college to my brother marrying your sister, I always admired you. We will all miss you. Glad I am part of your family. Ronnie

November 6, 2012

May you rest in peace. You will be missed by all who knew and loved you. Your "card" partners,
Marilynn and Carl

Toni Gavello

November 6, 2012

Don, you will be greatly missed. You were a true man of compassion, wit, and generosity. You believed in me, when I wasn't so sure I believed in myself! I will always look fondly at those days back at MDC and Boeing. And I will never forget Seder dinner at your home - Speed Seder! What great memories. Lastly, thank you for all that you have done over the years for my Sean. God Bless. You will be missed.