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Wayne Robert Fox

Posted 2022-11-22 by mhenderson
Published by Arizona Daily Sun on Nov. 20, 2022 -
Flagstaff, Arizona -

WAYNE ROBERT FOX passed away on November 1, 2022, at his home in
Flagstaff, Arizona surrounded by family. Wayne was born in Chicago,
Illinois on August 5, 1947, to George and LaVerne Fox. As a young child
he moved to Long Beach, California with his family and enjoyed a magical
childhood. He attended Hughes Junior High School, where he met Lynn, his
best friend and future wife.

After graduating from Long Beach Poly High School, he went on to UCLA
where he graduated with a B.S. in Economics and an M.S. in Accounting
and Information Systems, leading to his certification as a CPA. In 1969,
Wayne and Lynn married and settled in Long Beach, California where their
children, Karyn, Kimberly and Jeffrey were born.

After several successful business ventures as a CPA, the family moved to
Flagstaff, Arizona in 1983. It was then he began a 34-year career at
Northern Arizona University beginning with the Accounting Faculty and
later as the Assistant Dean of the WA Franke College of Business. Of all
his jobs over the years, he was most proud of working beside his father,
George, as a steel worker in Southern California, where he earned money
to pay for college-a family endeavor, as he was the first of his large
extended family to pursue higher education.

His accomplishments include Director of the Center for American Indian
Economic Development, Arizona Rural Policy Institute, Bureau of Business
and Economic Research, Alliance Bank Business Outreach Center, and Road
Scholar (Elderhostel). Wayne retired with Emeritus status in 2017.

Throughout his time in Flagstaff, he served on several boards including
Flagstaff Medical Center, Northern Arizona Healthcare, Guardian, the
Northern Arizona Health Foundation, Health First Foundation, Sustainable
Economic Development Initiative (SEDI), and Coconino County Industrial
Development Authority. He also took great delight in initiating,
together with Lynn, the SEDI Teacher Awards for Sustainable Curriculum
(TASC), which recognizes and supports innovative educational approaches
to sustainability in all disciplines.

Wayne loved living in Flagstaff and Northern Arizona, where he and his
family enjoyed hiking, skiing, Lake Powell and the Grand Canyon. Over
the years he and Lynn loved to travel beginning with a trip across
Canada in a 1969 VW Westfalia. Together they camped and backpacked,
always with a furry friend. They traveled to South Africa, Europe, the
UK, New Zealand, Vanuatu, Bali, Mexico and Hawaii, often visiting
children and grandchildren living abroad.

He is survived by his wife, Lynn, children Karyn (Tom), Kimberly
(Chris), Jeffrey (Monica) and grandchildren Nate and Zoë. He is also
survived by brothers John (Sandy), George (Linda) and sister, Donna,
along with several nieces and nephews.

The family invites you to join them for an open house to celebrate a
life well-lived on Saturday, December 3, 2022, at his home, 611 N.
Inland Shores Dr., Flagstaff, from 2:00-4:00 in the afternoon. Those
wishing to honor Wayne are encouraged to donate to the Health First
Foundation at or a charity of choice.

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