Renowned Phoenix Lawyer Curtis A. Jennings Dies

Jennings Haug Cunningham‘s name partner battled cancer for more than a year, yielding to the disease on Friday, October 7, 2011

PHOENIX (October 10, 2011)Jennings Haug Cunningham announced that Curtis A. Jennings, one of the firm’s name partners, passed away on Friday, October 7, 2011 following a battle with cancer. Curtis, who served as managing partner of the firm from 1979 – 1999, practiced for more than fifty years in the areas of construction and Surety & Fidelity Law, commercial transactions and litigation as well as probate and estate planning.

Services will be held on Saturday, October 15 at St. Barnabas on the Desert Episcopal Church at 3:00PM. A reception will immediately follow.

Over the years, Curtis was involved in numerous high-profile cases that influenced Arizona law. As a leader in the profession and the community, Curtis was a founding fellow of the Arizona Bar Foundation, and actively involved with both the State Bar of Arizona and the American Bar Association.

In addition to his leadership role in the legal community, Curtis was involved with the military throughout his life. Upon completing law school, he joined the Army as a member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, where he served for four years. He then served in the Arizona National Guard from 1963 – 1985. Curtis was the Commander of the Arizona National Guard during his last nine years and he attained the rank of Brigadier General. Curtis subsequently served as a judge in the Arizona Court of Military Appeals and as a judge pro tempore for the Maricopa County Superior Court and the Arizona Court of Appeals.

Due to his commitment to the military, and interest in history, he founded the Arizona National Guard Historical Society and the Arizona Military Museum. Curtis was a long time active member of the Phoenix Rotary 100, the Arizona Town Hall, the 9th Circuit Historical Society, as well as various environmental and historical organizations. He earned a reputation for helping military families in need by providing pro bono legal services to those who were otherwise unable to afford a lawyer. His engagement with the community and the legal profession recently earned him recognition in the 2010 Maricopa County Bar Association’s Hall of Fame, an elite recognition for attorneys that have distinguished themselves within Arizona’s legal community.

Curtis was an avid outdoorsman and served on the Arizona Game & Fish Commission, the Board of Governors of the Arizona Department of Mineral Resources, and the Archaeological Advisory Commission. His knowledge and love of Arizona history also earned him the privilege of representing the state in the Navigable Stream Litigation.

Curtis Jennings was a fourth generation native of Arizona, born in Safford on February 18, 1935. He earned his B.A. and Master’s degrees from the University of Arizona and his law degree from George Washington University School of Law in 1959, where he was elected to the law Honor Society and the Order of the Coif. Until his death, Curtis lived in Paradise Valley, Arizona. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Beebe Rae; their children Mary Kate, Edithann and Curtis III; and seven grandchildren.

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