Fred Koory Jr.

Obituary of Fred Koory Jr.

Edward Fredrick Koory, Jr. “ Fred” passed away peacefully on August 6, 2021 in Phoenix, AZ.


Fred was born in El Paso, Texas to Mary Lee (Abdou) and Edward Fredrick Koory Sr. “ Fred Sr”  on March 9, 1940. At one month old, his parents brought him back to Glendale.  He has always considered himself a lifelong “Glendalian”.  He attended Glendale Unit 1, Glendale High School and Arizona State University.  He graduated from ASU with a degree in English Literature. He played football under Frank Kush and was also very involved in student government serving as Chief Justice of the  Supreme Court.  He remained an avid ASU Sun Devil fan his whole life and had football season tickets for over 40 years.   After graduation, he proudly served his country as a 1st Lieutenant in the Marine Corp., stationed at Camp Pendelton, CA.  He has led a very fulfilled life both professionally and personally.  He owned Koory’s Fine Meats along with his father and brother, Nick.  After selling the Meat market, he sold commercial real estate. He then went into partnership with his daughter, Debbi as co-owner of the IronWorks Restaurant at the Bellair Golf Course for 26 years.  He was a very astute businessman his whole life.


He attended Glendale First Baptist Church and served in many roles. Glendale Rotary Luncheons were  a weekly event he always looked forward to.  He was an avid reader and had a collection of hundreds of books.  He never missed a Jeopardy show!  He loved chess and played in numerous tournaments over the years.  Crossword puzzles were part of his daily routine.  He would use pen and always timed himself.  He traveled, both in AZ and abroad whenever he could.  He has visited over 30 countries over his lifetime.  He was always proud of his Lebanese heritage but regretted never being able to visit the county of his parents and ancestry.  He loved to laugh and loved seeing his family and friends.  He maintained  lifelong friendships.   He was a devoted family man and was always there to support his wife, daughter and grandchildren, who were the loves of his life.


His passion was serving people.  In every  job he held, people were always at the foremost of his thoughts. His contribution to AZ was manifested in his political career that spanned decades.  Fred served in the AZ State Legislature as both a house representative and state senator.  He served alongside Sandra Day O’Connor, Bob Stump and numerous other influential people in Arizona’s history.  He held many positions, including Minority Leader.  Fred then ran for Congress and lost to his good friend Bob Stump.  He was then appointed to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, serving for 12 years, 4 of which he was Chairman of the Board.  He was very proud of all his accomplishments throughout his political career.  His last political hurrah was running for governor in 1990.  He loved the State of AZ and was proud of any contribution he could make to help people.  He touched many lives and never met a stranger.  He also served on the board of Phoenix Baptist Hospital and Arrowhead hospital for many years.  Everything he did, he did with integrity, devotion and character.


Fred was preceded in death by his son Edward Fredrick Koory III, Fred who passed away in 1984 of leukemia.  He is also preceded in death by his parents, Fred Koory Sr. and Mary Lee (Abdou) Koory, and his beloved sister Dolly Gaye Musa.


He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Marilyn.  His daughter, Debbi, the mother of his children, Jessica, his much loved brother Nick (Kara),  his beloved brother-in-law Fuad Musa, his sister-in law Joyce Thomas, Marilyn’s daughters – Nadine Danks and Kim Lewis, his grandchildren Chandler Wiese (Dedrick), Amanda, McKenna, Marilyn Hutton (Wayne), Dalton, Summer and Shyanne and great- grandson Turner.  Nieces and Nephews – John (Emily) Musa, Marana Carr (Gary), Mark (Karen) Musa, Nick (Mealinda) Koory, and Jeffrey (Ronda) Koory.


A Celebration of a Life well lived, will be held at Palmcroft Church, 15825 N 35th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85053 at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday August 21, 2021.


Donations to the AZ leukemia Society are much appreciated in lieu of flowers in honor of his son, Fred Koory III.







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