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Posted By Whitney & Murphy On October 17, 2016 @ 9:14 am In Obituary | 12 Comments



Hon. Thomas William O’Toole of Phoenix, Arizona passed away October 13, 2016 at age 78. Born April 12, 1938 in Marshalltown, Iowa, Judge Thomas W. O’Toole (Tom) was the first of four sons born to Dr. Roger L. O’Toole and Emily Fisher O’Toole Cartwright.  A long-time resident of Phoenix, Tom moved to the valley in 1956 prior to attending the University of Notre Dame (Economics, 1960). Following his degree from the University of Arizona Law School (1966), Tom served Arizona as Assistant Federal Public Defender (1971-1976) and Federal Public Defender for the District of Arizona (1976-1984), notably arguing a case before the United States Supreme Court in 1977. As a testament to his stewardship and integrity, Tom was appointed Judge, Maricopa Superior Court by Governor Bruce Babbitt in 1984, where he continued to serve Arizona for 24 years until retirement in 2008. His peers remember him as a fair and compassionate jurist of balanced moral character, administering justice fairly and efficiently. Outside the courtroom, Tom was proud to officiate numerous weddings and boasted of his high “success rate”. He was a one of a kind family man who brought a quiet sense of joy and peace to all who knew him. This past summer, he and his wife, Elaine, celebrated 50 years of marriage, surrounded by their children and grandchildren on an Alaskan cruise. Family & friends remember him as a loving husband, caring father, devoted Catholic, superb athlete, and Good Samaritan, who championed humanitarian causes such as: Boys Hope Girls Hope of AZ, Forest Highlands Foundation (Flagstaff), Notre Dame Law School Advisory Council, and Martha-Ellen Tye Foundation (Marshalltown, IA). As a sportsman, Tom was a naturally gifted and fiery competitor. Though he never ‘shot his age’, nor did he ever have a hole-in-one, Tom was a life-long lover of golf. Key to his magnetism was Tom’s dry sense of humor. He surely would be noting that the Notre Dame Football team is on a bye week for his funeral. Captain of his own ship, many sought his counsel in times of distress, his character always a ‘sturdy rudder’ for those in need. Preceded in death by his parents, as well as his brother John T. O’Toole, Tom is survived by his wife, Elaine Senini O’Toole, his two brothers, Dennis O’Toole (Trudy) and Michael O’Toole (Noreen), his 4 sons, Nicholas (Megan), John (Sofía), Ryan (Minjeong) and Matthew (Anna), and 4 grandchildren, Lulu, Carleton, Velouria and Simón Tomás. Visitation will be held from 6:00pm-8:00pm with a Rosary at 7:00pm, Friday, October 21, 2016 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85018. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 12:30pm, with a reception following on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 4715 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85012. Donations can be made to: Notre Dame Law School, Judge Thomas O’Toole Memorial, 1341 Biolchini Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556 or Boys Hope Girls Hope of Arizona, 3443 N. Central Avenue, #7, Phoenix, AZ 85012.





Condolences for the family of “O’TOOLE, HON. THOMAS WILLIAM”

Condolence from Marissa on October 17th, 2016 9:23 am

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I too have lost family members and know this can be one of the most difficult things to go through. I just wanted to leave you with a scripture that has helped me and let you know your family will be in my prayers. The scripture is Acts 24:15 and it talks about a hope of a resurrection when we could see our loved ones again.

Condolence from Carol & Bernard Dougherty on October 17th, 2016 11:03 am

May Tom’s Soul Rest In Peace….Elaine & Family our deepest sympathy..

Condolence from Suzanne, Josh and Zach Cleaver on October 17th, 2016 11:35 am

Tom was perhaps the finest man we have known. Our deepest sympathy.

Condolence from Mike O’Donnell on October 18th, 2016 10:47 am


Condolence from Dean Wigger on October 18th, 2016 12:22 pm

Much love to the O’Toole family during your time of sadness.
Dean, Chris, Cullen, and Aiden

Condolence from Loras Neuroth on October 19th, 2016 9:03 am

Tom was a wonderful, caring man. I very much enjoyed my time working with Tom on the board of the Martha Ellen Tye Foundation. His commitment to the METF and the central Iowa community of Marshalltown provided for many quality of life assets and long term economic opportunity to the community. Tom will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with Tom and his family. Loras Neuroth

Condolence from Liz on October 19th, 2016 6:45 pm

My love and condolences to you all… Liz Hight….

Condolence from Neil Mclaughlin on October 20th, 2016 2:44 pm

Condolences to the O’Toole Family

Tom and I met in 1958 as Notre Dame classmates.
How do you thank a person for a sixty year friendship?
We shared many good times thru the years.
No one ever dies as long as someone remembers.

Neil McLaughlin, South Bend, Indiana

Condolence from DeeAn Gillespie Strub on October 22nd, 2016 4:21 pm

The honorable Tom O’Toole truely lived honorably. A great man who will be missed.

Condolence from Anthony Borrello on October 24th, 2016 4:34 am

So sorry for your loss. TOM an I met as classmates at ND and were members of the handball club.
His nickname was “Tiger”. It was an honor and my distinct pleasure to have known him.

Condolence from Fr. Jim Radde, S.J. Notre Dame ’60 on October 24th, 2016 1:59 pm

To the dear family of Tom O’Toole,

I’m sorry to learn of Tom’s death. We were classmates at Notre Dame. I will offer
mass for him and for all of you.
May the Lord bless you in all the ways you need.
Sincerely in Christ,

Fr. Jim Radde, S.J. (St. Paul, MN)

Condolence from Christine Brown (Funckes) on November 28th, 2016 6:58 pm

I was one of the many attorneys who appeared in front of Judge O’Toole when he served on the Maricopa County bench. I always found him to be a fair and impartial judge and a very caring human being. I am so sorry for your loss.

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