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Tucson philanthropist, businessman Don Diamond dead at 91

Posted at 3:52 PM, Mar 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-26 01:27:20-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — Don Diamond, a Tucson businessman and prolific philanthropist, died Monday at the age of 91.

Diamond was known as being a realtor, land-owner and a major donor behind the Diamond Children's Medical Center.

He left a career as a commodities broker on Wall Street in the 1960s to move to Arizona and has been a major force in Tucson for decades.

His wife, Joan, died in 2016.

Governor Doug Ducey tweeted condolences to the Diamond family after the news broke:

Banner Health released a statement on Diamond's passing Monday afternoon:

“The Banner Health Foundation extends its deepest sympathy to the Diamond family on the passing of Don Diamond. Don and his late wife, Joan, were a powerful force for good in the Tucson community, supporting countless organizations and causes, including the UA Cancer Center and the pediatric medical center that bears their name, Diamond Children’s Medical Center at Banner – UMC Tucson.

“Don was a bold and generous philanthropist whose legacy will carry on for generations, as countless children receive compassionate care at Diamond Children’s and people from all walks of life are served by the organizations he supported. We are thankful to have been among the many beneficiaries of the Diamond family’s generosity and wish their family healing during this difficult time.”