Mr. Kivel was born in Loma Linda, California, and moved to Tucson when he was 2. He attended Mansfeld Jr. High and Tucson High School, graduating in 1944. After high school, he joined the Navy and then returned to Tucson to attend the University of Arizona. He played basketball and baseball at Mansfeld Jr. High School, Tucson High School, and the University of Arizona and later became a competitive tennis player. His team won the High School State Basketball Championship in 1943. Mr. Kivel was inducted to the Arizona Basketball Hall of Fame in 1969, and later became the Men’s National Doubles Senior Hardcourt Champion. He was one of the charter members of the Tucson Conquistadors.
Mr. Kivel was a supporter of UArizona sports and philanthropy benefiting Tucson and Jewish community.
Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Janice Kivel; children, Karen Kivel, Sheri Kleiman, and Bob Kivel, all of Tucson; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Services were held at East Lawn Palms Mortuary, with Rabbi Stephanie Aaron of Congregation Chaverim officiating.
Memorial donations may be made to Jewish Family & Children’s Services, the UArizona Cancer Center or a charity of your choice.