Who is buried in Scottsdale cemeteries?

The Scottsdale and Paradise Valley cemeteries tell the stories of Major League Baseball players, a famous actress and a professional rodeo star.

Their stories are just a few that give the region its rich and unique history.

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Unmarked wooden crosses mark burial sites at Camelback Cemetery in Paradise Valley.  The site is still open to burials, although they are very infrequent due to lack of space.

Hugh Downs

February 14, 1921 – July 1, 2020

Downs was a broadcaster known as the announcer and sidekick of “Tonight with Jack Parr'” and co-host of “Today” from 1962 to 1971. ASU’s Hugh Downs School of Communications is named in his honor. He died in 2020 of heart failure and is buried in the Memorial Gardens of the Church of Christ of the Ascension.

Edgar Ansten

May 25, 1917 – Oct. 31, 2013

Born in Germany, Ansten was a Holocaust survivor. He emigrated to Shanghai after the war before coming to the United States with his brother. He settled in Paradise Valley where he ran his business for over 50 years with his wife. He died in 2013 and is buried in Mount Sinai Cemetery.

Barry Bremen

June 30, 1947 – June 30, 2011

Commonly referred to as a folk figure, Barry Bremen was dubbed “The Great Imposter” by sportscaster Dick Schaap and was once kicked off a pitch during an All Star baseball game warm-up by the longtime manager. of LA Dodgers Tommy Lasorda in 1986. But his most famous stunt was when he dressed as a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader in 1980 and waved his pom poms on the sideline. He died in Phoenix in 2011 from esophageal cancer. He is buried in Mount Sinai Cemetery.

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Kübler-Ross died on August 24, 2004

July 8, 1926 – August 24, 2004

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross was a physiatrist born in Zurich, Switzerland. She is the spirit behind the “Five Stages of Grieving”. She broke new ground in psychiatric studies with her book “On Death and Dying”. In 1999, Time Magazine named her to their list of the 100 Most Important Thinkers of the Century. She suffered a series of strokes in the early 90s, and in 1997 Oprah flew to Arizona to interview her and ask if Kübler-Ross was going through the stages of grief herself. She is buried at Paradise Memorial Gardens in Scottsdale. She died in 2004.

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Herbal Drinking Water

Drinkwater died on December 28, 1997.

August 28, 1936 – December 28, 1997

Herb Drinkwater served as mayor of Scottsdale during the city’s fastest growing period. He focused on preserving the city’s natural beauty while transforming Scottsdale into the vacation destination it is today. He is buried at Paradise Memorial Gardens in Scottsdale. He died in 1997 of salivary gland cancer.

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Barry Goldwater

Barry Goldwater, Arizona senator and 1964 Republican Party candidate for president, is buried at Christ of the Ascension Episcopal Church at 4015 E. Lincoln Drive in Paradise Valley.

January 1, 1909 – May 20, 1998

Barry Goldwater was a former Arizona senator and the Republican presidential nominee against former President Lyndon B. Johnson. Goldwater was born in 1909 and studied at the University of Arizona. He is buried at the Episcopal Church of Christ of the Ascension in Paradise Valley, Arizona. He died in 1998 from complications of a stroke.

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General Shu’a’u’llah “Shua” Alai

Alai died on November 19, 1984.

November 19, 1889 – November 19, 1984

Shu’á’u’lláh Alai was an Iranian general. Alai is one of the few members of the Baha’i faith buried in Phoenix. He also served as a general in the Iranian government army and played an important role in helping Iran develop its industry and agriculture. Alai is buried in Camelback Cemetery in Paradise Valley.

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Beverly Bayne

Bayne died on August 18, 1982.

November 11, 1894 – August 18, 1982

Beverly Bayne was a silent film star born in Minneapolis in 1894 who worked as an actress in Chicago. After going through Essany Studios, she was hired by chance after being scouted. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She acted in dozens of films before retiring and moving to Scottsdale in 1950. She is buried in Paradise Memorial Gardens.

Alcor Life Extension Foundation

The Alcor Life Extension Foundation is a non-profit organization that “cryonically preserves” people. Founded in 1972, Alcor has served nearly 200 patients in Scottsdale. It has been operating in Arizona since 1994.

Joanne Martin

October 26, 1936 – May 25, 2017

JoAnn Martin founded the California Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance and the Detroit Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. She was diagnosed with manic depression in 1963. In addition to being a mental health activist, she was a musician and teacher. She died in 2017 of cardiac arrest.

Harold Finney

May 4, 1976 – August 28, 2014

Harold Finney was a California software developer and internet privacy advocate. He is best known for receiving the first bitcoin in 2009. He worked in the video game development industry for many years. Finney died in 2014 of complications from Lou Gehrig’s disease, or ALS.

Dr. Wesley Du Charme

April 3, 1939 – April 15, 2010

Wesley Du Charme was a physiatrist and taught psychology at Rice University in Texas. He had a great interest in being cryogenically frozen and published a book about his experiences organizing the process called “Becoming Immortal”. Du Charme’s head is kept at Alcor. He moved to Scottsdale in the last years of his life to be closer to the establishment.

Thomas Donaldson


A mathematician who taught as a professor in Australia, Thomas Donaldson was also known as an advocate for cryogenics. He was best known for a lawsuit he lost against the then California Attorney General for the right to cryopreservation. Donaldson was diagnosed with a malignancy in 1998 and his long-term prognosis was grim; he became a strong advocate of cryogenics. In early 2006 his cancer returned and he returned to the United States from Australia. He is presumed to be buried at Alcor as he fits the description of a patient who underwent conservation during this time.