Dan Klingenberg

October 6, 1939September 14, 2020

Dan Allen Klingenberg, 80, passed away in Paradise Valley, AZ, on Sept 14, 2020, after a lengthy illness. He was born in Silver City, NM, on Oct 6, 1939, to Paul and Gladys (Bull) Klingenberg. He is survived by brother John Klingenberg, Roll, AZ, sister Jeanne (Tom) Herrman of Rocklin, CA, and nephews Jeff (Brandy) Klingenberg of Tifton, GA, Doug (Ingrid) Klingenberg of Tempe, AZ, and Bryant (Liz) Herrman of South Pasadena, CA, and several great nieces and nephews.

The Klingenberg family moved to Tucson, AZ, when Dan was six months old and later south to the Continental (Green Valley) area. Through his school years, from the three-room Continental elementary school to Tucson’s Pueblo High School, he was active in 4-H, foreshadowing his future career. During his years at the University of Arizona he spent one year as a Fellow at the National 4-H Center in Washington DC. After completing his BA in agriculture economics Dan volunteered for the Peace Corps, serving in Venezuela. Upon return to the States he completed an MA in Spanish at Stanford University.

Although he spent a few years as a 4-H Extension Agent and running cattle companies, Dan began and ended his banking career at JP Morgan Chase Bank, New York City, as an agricultural specialist for which he travelled the world. After retiring from Chase, Dan relocated to Redlands, CA, and joined the management team at Farm Credit in Southern California.

After retiring again, Dan continued volunteering with many organizations that were a central part of his life. After settling in Scottsdale, Dan volunteered with SCORE, an arm of the Small Business Administration and did agricultural consulting in Russia, Ukraine and Zimbabwe. He also continued his 4-H activities with the National Council and the Arizona 4-H Board. Other philanthropies included Honor Health, the Arizona Opera and the Phoenix Zoo. He was proud of the recognitions he received from the many groups he supported over the years. He also travelled extensively, visiting 117 countries throughout the world, until health issues forced him to slow down.

A memorial is scheduled for October 17th, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Funeraria del Angel, 7 East University Avenue, Tucson, AZ, with burial to follow at South Lawn Cemetery, 5401 South Park Avenue, Tucson, AZ. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: The Dan A. Klingenberg Endowment, Arizona 4-H Youth Foundation, The University of Arizona PO Box 210036, Tucson, AZ 85721-2136.


  • Visitation

    Saturday, October 17, 2020


  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, October 17, 2020


  • Committal Service

    Saturday, October 17, 2020



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Kari Petterson

October 17, 2020

I extend my deepest sympathies to Dan's family and friends. The memories shared here express how deeply his friendship and reach is felt. I didn't have the good fortune to know Mr. Klingenberg but the positive impact he had on Arizona 4-H is felt even today and we are so grateful for the stewardship and leadership he gave this organization.

My sincere condolences,
Kari Petterson
Arizona 4-H Youth Foundation

Robert Kotecki

October 16, 2020

I initially met Dan in Redlands as his stockbroker. Not the one mentioned earlier in these posts as Dan only bought the best quality long term annuities from me, 12.5% for 6 years, if you can imagine that. Those were the days. Dan was an astute investor and took great advantage of economic opportunities.

He was an even better friend. We often met to play tennis, went to theaters, dinners, and the occasional just drive around Redlands. I don't quite remember how we all became friends with the Holmlund sisters, but we lived in the same townhome complex.

I am very happy that Dan had such good friends as Marilyn and Lindy Holmlund in addition to his loving family.
Dan was a special guy to us all. He just had that certain specialness to him. He was dry wit yet compassionate about those around him. He simply cared for others and was interested in everyone's life journey.

Dan was exceptionally intelligent and cared greatly about world events. He was a giver at heart and would drop anything to help anyone. Dan had a splendid life and he enjoyed every minute of it. I will miss him dearly.

Brad Millington

September 30, 2020

I first became acquainted with Dan in the late 90's when Larry Rubino & Michael Mascali introduced me when Dan would visit them from CA. I really got to know Dan when I was his Realtor and helped him buy a house when he moved to AZ in 2002. For those who know Dan you can only imagine how the home buying adventure went. It certainly was an adventure! I remember Dan making an offer on 1 house, and then cancelling. Then another house, another offer, another cancellation. The third time was a charm and Dan found his new home - and indeed he found it as the home was a For Sale By Owner. Dan certainly was detail oriented. One of my most memorable stories was helping Dan hang a mirror in his new home with the help of Michael Mascali. Me and Michael holding and positioning the mirror while Dan directed the placement (an inch to the left, a half inch higher, back up, take it down, move it again). All about the precise placement. I will always remember his kind spirit and dry wit. Rest in peace Dan!

Larry Rubino

September 26, 2020

I met Dan in 1966 when we both joined Chase Manhattan Bank( now JP Morgan Chase) We both started the same day and bonded instantly . We lived a few blocks from each other in Manhattan and we spent much time together during those years. I moved to Brooklyn Heights in 1968 and we did not see as much of each other as Dan didn't enjoy travelling to Brooklyn. Later I
moved to Tarrytown, NY and Dan had recently moved to Mamaroneck NY. We became dear, close friends and have been ever since . Dan was more than a friend. He was like a brother I have too many memories to mention; however, I have one that puts a smile on my face whenever I think of it. Dan had moved to Redlands, California and I went to visit him there. It was during a major market downturn. I can still see him at his computer watching it all unfold. When he went to call his broker in his distraught state he reached for the mouse and held it to his ear thinking it was the phone . I moved to Scottsdale in 1993 and he relocated here in 2003 which gave us many years of dinners , movies and a wonderful friendship. I shall miss him so very much REST IN PEACE, DANNY BOY !!!
Larry Rubino
September 26 2020

Matt Taillon

September 24, 2020

I had the pleasure of meeting Dan about 10 years ago now. I would have to confess that it took me awhile to learn Dan's dry sense of humor. Once I did, we sure liked to banter back and forth quite a bit. One of my favorite Dan stories was being invited over to his home for a small dinner gathering. We all know that Dan was a perfectionist with his home and his belongings. The look on Dan's face when he noticed many of his pictures crooked and turned in different directions. I couldn't resist myself! That was some of the fun we put each other through. All kidding aside, Dan was instrumental in getting me involved with Arizona Opera and various outings to other cultural events. Dan was very generous in his giving to the arts. Dan will surely be missed. He left a good impression on my life. RIP Dan. We will see each other again!

Judy Baer

September 23, 2020

I met Dan through Michael Mascali when they both ended up living in PHX. Michael was always so busy in his job, and Dan was more than happy to go into the Old Town of Scottsdale with me for lunch or visiting the art galleries when I was there for a visit. He will be missed. RIP.

michael mascali

September 23, 2020

Dan was a dear friend more like a family member we knew each other in New York and met in the early 70's
I have too many memories to mention but our trip to India in 2004 was a most memorable trip for us both. Rest in Peace Dear Friend!!!
Michael Mascali September 23, 2020

Deborah Lester

September 20, 2020

Our heartfelt condolences to Dan's family.
I only knew Dan these last 3 years, but quickly found out his great legacy to 4-H, both in Arizona & nationally is wide and deep.
His talents & leadership were so important in where we are today. Dan was a selfless leader and so dynamic about continuing the work of positive youth development through 4-H.
We've lost a leader this week and we will miss his friendship terribly.
Our sympathy to John and the rest of the family.
D. Lester
Arizona 4-H Youth Foundation.

Marilyn Holmlund

September 19, 2020

Dan, my sister and I met in Redlands in the late '80s. What fun we had, lunching, shopping for cars, seeing the Rose Parade, going to Catalina, Lake Arrowhead, etc. He even put up with my cat Archie!
Later we continued our friendship here in Arizona - Diamondbacks games, Mexican food, movies at the old Camelview, gathering with friends...

Dan was such a good guy, kind, funny, caring, lively. We miss him so much. Rest with God, dear friend.


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