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Don Diamond, Tucson Businessman and Philanthropist, Dies

Diamond helped to develop Tucson properties and donated millions of dollars to Tucson nonprofits.

Don Diamond 7 VIEW LARGER Don Diamond Founded Diamond Ventures in Tucson.
Diamond Ventures

Don Diamond, a prominent Tucson developer and philanthropist, died on Monday at the age of 91. He was born in New York, but he and his wife Joan called Tucson home for more than 50 years. Diamond met his wife to be while attending the University of Arizona.

His daughter, Helaine Levy, said her father loved Tucson and because he made his fortune in this community, he and her mother became major philanthropists for various Tucson nonprofits.

The Diamond Children's Medical Center was named after the Diamond Family Foundation. The foundation helped fund the children's medical center at Banner Medical Center. Their donation of $15 million was the lead gift for the children's hospital.

According the Arizona Daily Star, Diamond, at one point, was one of the largest private landowners in Pima County.

He helped establish two professional sports franchises in Arizona: the Phoenix Suns and the Arizona Diamondbacks. 2005, the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Southern Arizona awarded Don and Joan Diamond the award for "Philanthropists of the Year Award." Joan Diamond died in 2016.

Joan Diamond Joan Diamond speaks at the Steel Children's Research Center Ceremony
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