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Harlan Capin

Harlan M. Capin, 89, died May 17, 2019.

Mr. Capin was born March 10, 1930, to Sam and Lillian Capin. The Capin family were long-time Nogales merchants. He attended Fishburne Military School in Virginia and the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He returned to Nogales and spent the next four decades helping to build the family business. Mr. Capin’s philanthropy included founding a scholarship fund for Nogales High School graduates, and involvement in the Nogales Santa Cruz County Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Development Foundation, a founder of the Nogales Community Development, co-founder of the Nogales Alliance: the Port of the Future, currently the Greater Nogales Santa Cruz County Port Authority, and the Arizona Mexico Commission. In 2010, he received the Commission’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2016, the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona recognized him for his lifetime of philanthropy.

Survivors include his wife, Felice; sisters, Bette Cooper and Debbie Rosenberg (Irving Rosenberg); children, Sharon Urman (Nils Urman), Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford (Danny Ashford), Wendy Capin, Beth Beckmann (Gabe Beckmann), Sandra Capin-Kauffman (Rick Kauffman) and Fredric Capin (Perla Capin); and 14 grandchildren.

Services were held at the Tucson Jewish Community Center with Rabbi Thomas Louchheim of Congregation Or Chadash officiating, followed by interment in the Nogales Jewish Cemetery. Arrangements were made by Adair Funeral Homes, Dodge Chapel.

Memorial donations may be made to the Mark Ross Capin Endowment Fund or Capin Scholarship Fund, both c/o the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, 5049 E. Broadway Blvd., Ste. 201, Tucson, AZ 85711,