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Jeff Upton

Jeff Upton


Jeff K. Upton

1954 - 2018 Obituary Condolences

Jeff K. Upton Obituary

Jeff K. Upton

Phoenix - Jeff K.Upton, age 64, of Phoenix, AZ passed away peacefully on December 5, 2018, after a brave battle with cancer: melanoma, brain, and liver. 

He was born October 27, 1954, in Phoenix, AZ, the son of late Marjorie and Howard Upton. He was preceded in passing by his older brother Greg. He is survived by 2 brothers, Ric and Curt, stepsister Robin, stepmother Doris, and nephews Nick and Salvador. 

Jeff was a professional drummer / musician and a talented landscaper and carpenter. Jeff also studied and practiced Tai Chi Chuan for nearly 40 years. Jeff was quick to laugh at jokes or relate funny stories and experiences to make us all laugh. He had a passion for life and enthusiasm that was contagious for those around him. 

Family and friends are making contributions to Waves for Water. While he is no longer physically with us, his spirit will live in our hearts forever. A private Celebration of Life in his honor will take place on Saturday, December 29 at 3 p.m. at the Upton residence.


Published in The Arizona Republic on Dec. 23, 2018

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06/27/19 09:31 PM #1    

Marc Argabright

Jeff was one of the first persons I met when I moved to AZ from Ohio.  We had so many "firsts" together.  I remember rooming with Jeff and he was on the phone and it sounded like bad news.  He got off the phone and said They're repossessing my truck.  I was shocked and said what are you going to do and he said matter of factly,  I'm going to get another one!  Pure Jeff.  Never had a worry in the world and what you saw is what you got.  .  When on hospice he still was talking about what he was going to do in the next several years.  He was a good soul through and through.  

I love him like a brother and miss him every day.

06/30/19 04:04 PM #2    

Keith Miller

Jeff was a great guy!  I spent a lot of time at Jeff's house and new his brothers as well .  We met in the third grade and have been friends since then.  Like many others at Squaw Peak School he was part of the many friendships that existed.  What a special person he was.    I had a great time and Jeff was a huge part of that.  He was very strong willed to the end of his life and I really learned a lot about Jeff during his illness.  Jeff, you will always be in my heart.  Rest in Peace my brother!  Keith Miller

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