John Rand Hoopes died of cancer on September 14, 2023, at age 71. He passed away in his Chandler, Arizona home—the same home where he grew up and where his father’s farm was located many years before. John lived a full life and influenced many people both personally and professionally, and he will be deeply missed.
John was born on May 8, 1952, in Mesa, Arizona to John Sheldon and Ruth Lucille (Millet) Hoopes, who both preceded him in death. John was a loving husband and is survived by his wife of 43 years, Nancy Lytle Hoopes, who cared for him during his final months and days with complete devotion. He was also a caring and fun-loving father and grandfather and is survived by his 4 children, Jonathan (Tonya), Charlotte (Jared), Christopher, and Michael (Laura); and 12 grandchildren, Charles, Ira, Harper, Chelsea, Hudson, Chandler, Harmony, Hampton, Karl, Haleigh, Charlotte, and Maren. The fourth of five children, John is also survived by his brother, Douglas, and sisters, Judy Hamilton, Cindy Bryant, and Nancy Killian. Beyond his family, John is both survived and preceded in death by many dear friends, many of whom he kept since childhood and who loved him for his intelligence, sense of humor, and adventurous nature.
John had many hobbies throughout his life. As a boy he played baseball and golf, and over the years he developed and pursued many more passions and projects, including flying small planes, sailing, ranching, and restoring a rustic ranch house. John also enjoyed fishing, operating heavy machinery, building and fixing things, taking road trips, and traversing dirt roads all over Arizona. He loved camping and spending time in places like Black River, the Grand Canyon, and the lakes and rivers of the Apache reservation. John treasured being an Arizonan, and some of his happiest days were spent in the White Mountains and at the Government Spring Ranch in Pinal County. John was also an avid reader and especially enjoyed reading histories of pioneers, the American southwest, and South America, as well as biographies of presidents and other historic figures.
A graduate of Mesa High School, John served in the Buenos Aires mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints before receiving a BA from Brigham Young University in 1975 and a law degree from the University of Arizona in 1979. John was selected to serve a two-year federal court judicial clerkship following graduation, and then practiced law with Phoenix law firm Mohr, Hackett until 1998, when he helped found the law firm Hoopes, Adams & Alexander in Chandler, where he practiced for many more years. During his law career, John also served as a judge pro tem in the Maricopa County Superior Court Arizona Court of Appeals. In 2010, John was elected as SRP’s vice president, a position he held until his passing. Prior to serving as vice president, he was on the SRP Council from 1997 through 2006, ultimately serving as its chairman. He loved his work at SRP and carrying on the legacy of both his father and great-grandfather, who served on the SRP board and council before him. John also owned and helped operate a family cattle ranch for over 15 years—the same ranch that his aunt and uncle owned many years earlier and which his own father visited as a boy.
Throughout his career, John served on the boards of many community-oriented organizations, including the Southwest Museum Foundation, the Valley of the Sun United Way, the Arizona Mexico Commission, the Phoenix Zoo, Valleywise Health Foundation, and ICAN. In addition, John served in many capacities in his church, and especially enjoyed the years he spent working with the Boy Scouts. Beyond these formal roles, John was a friend, advocate, and mentor to many throughout his life and career.
A funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, October 6, 2023, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2252 W. Mesquite St., Chandler, AZ 85224.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to one of the causes important to John: Valleywise Health Foundation, ICAN, the Phoenix Zoo, or Chicanos por la Causa.