Daniel Ray Grills, 67, Tucson, Ariz., died due to cancer Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at Casa de la Luz Hospice. Born in Kokomo April 10, 1946, to Glen (Jack) and Velma Grills, Mr. Grills was a 1964 graduate of Kokomo High School.
He received his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and law degree from the University of Arizona. He was a member of both the Arizona and California Bar. Mr. Grills was a captain in the Judge Advocate Corps of the U.S. Army. After his discharge, he was employed by Pima County, Ariz., as public defender; he retired after 28 years of service.
Daniel was a champion of social justice, and he brilliantly and relentlessly challenged oppression and injustice in a professional career distinguished by passion and gifted intellect. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed living in Tucson’s desert environment. He chose to live his life in Tucson because of his love for the people, the land and the animals of the southwest.
Daniel is survived by his older brother, Ronald, who resides in Livingston, Tenn.; his sister, Christine and brother-in-law, Barry Stormer, Hanover; a nephew, Nathan Stormer, Scottsdale, Ariz.; a niece, Stacy Grills, Kokomo; a great-niece and her husband, Amanda Grills-Holsapple and Michael Holsapple; a great-great niece, Emilia Bodhi Grills Holsapple; a great-great nephew, Jude Liam Holsapple, all of Kokomo; and two aunts, Betty Smith, Kokomo, and Patty Caudill, Hanover.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Glen (Jack) and Velma Grills, Hanover, and nephew, Tony Grills, Indianapolis.
A memorial service will be scheduled at Barnes Cemetery in August.