William "Bill" Stine Memorial Fund

In memory of Bill Stine


William “Bill” Stine passed away on October 14, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona at the age of 72. He is survived by his wife Denise, his son Jonathan, and his daughter Staria.

Bill was born on October 17, 1945 in Glendale, California as a fifth-generation Californian. Bill and his wife Denise grew up together, forging a strong friendship that served as the foundation for 43 years of marriage. He owned his own tax and consulting practice for 35 years, building client relationships that spanned decades. Known for his kindness, diligence, and intelligence, Bill’s professional reputation preceded him. In 1990, Bill and Denise moved to Phoenix from California.

In 2007, Bill joined the Arizona Community Foundation as an accountant before being promoted to Senior Treasury Analyst. In addition to his professional accolades, Bill performed countless acts of community service throughout his life. He served on the Board of Directors for Marin Humane in California, as well as treasurer for the Sausalito Rotary Club. Bill and Denise served together on the Board of Directors for the Sausalito Arts Festival. Bill was also recognized multiple times in the publication Who's Who.

Bill valued time spent gardening, playing games, and admiring antique cars. Bill’s son Jonathan said that one of his favorite memories is traveling to California each year with his father and attending the Goodguys Car Show. Bill deeply treasured his Blue and Gold Macaw. A life-long supporter of the San Francisco 49ers, Bill loved football. He was also a talented jazz bass guitarist and studio musician. As someone who loved people above all else, Bill's truest passion was helping others. 

Bill’s 12 years with the Arizona Community Foundation have left a lasting impression on all who were fortunate enough to work with him. He carried out remarkable service, exemplifying what it means to help others grow and learn. His willingness to always go above and beyond to serve donors set him apart as a stellar member of our team. He will be greatly missed.

Bill’s life will be celebrated on Saturday, November 3, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. at Hansen Desert Hills Mortuary and Cemetery, 6500 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85254.

“In this day of pain and sorrow, the dog that is down today may be up tomorrow.”

Throughout his life, Bill called upon these words spoken by his great-grandfather Robert Ely Payn about the historical stock market crash in 1929. This sentiment served as a reminder of the importance of optimism in the face of adversity.

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