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Eddie Lynch Passes Away

PHOENIX, Oct. 14 - The Phoenix Suns today confirm that longtime ownership partner Eddie Lynch passed away early Monday morning.

Lynch, 67, died at 4:25 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 14 after suffering from complications from a stroke suffered on Monday, Oct. 7.

He is survived by his wife Diana and two daughters, Allison Lynch and Katherine Lynch.

"Our prayers and wishes are certainly with Eddie's family," Suns Chairman, CEO and Managing General Partner Jerry Colangelo said. "He was a dear friend of our organizations and I will miss him."

Lynch has been a fan and longtime partner in the Suns ownership group and also joined in the effort to bring baseball to Arizona. He became a member of the investment group of the Arizona Diamondbacks at the team's inception.

An active civic member, Lynch served many local boards including: Arizona Club, Phoenix Thunderbirds (Big Chief and General Chairman, Phoenix Open 1980, 1981), Sentinel Savings & Loan, Phoenix Metropolitan Sports Foundation, Phoenix Chamber of Commerce & Valley of the Sun Convention Bureau and Samaritan Medical Foundation, Phoenix Community Alliance, Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, City of Phoenix Selection Committee for Transportation Director and Fire Chief, YMCA, International Shopping Center, Arizona Bankers Association, U.S. Olympic Committee (Arizona) and Super Bowl Committee (1996).

Lynch was the founding general partner of Westcor Partners, a Phoenix-based development company, in 1968. Westcor owned and operated some of the Valley's most prominent retail centers, including Scottsdale Fashion Square, The Borgata, Arrowhead Town Center and the new Chandler Fashion Center. Prior to that he was vice president of marketing of Guaranty Bank of Arizona and also served as president and owner of Western Outdoor Advertising.

A graduate of the University of Arizona, Lynch recently celebrated the opening of the Eddie Lynch Athletics Pavilion Plaza - a facility that allows former student-athletes, supporters and friends to own a bit of history with custom-inscribed walkway tiles. Located at the North end of McKale Memorial Center, the expansion gives Arizona Athletics a 36,000 square foot showpiece for its heritage and lower-level facilities for strength and conditioning and medical treatment. Lynch was awarded the University's Distinguished Citizen Award in 1992 and was director of the University Foundation and the school's Arthritis Center. He was also a member of the Alumni Board, the BPA College Board and the Director of the Senior Academy.

Memorial arrangements and donation requests are still pending.