John M Tomanek (1/12/1929-4/27/2016)

John entered life January 12, 1929, in Collyer, KS. Born to John James Tomanek and Hazel Marie Orten Tomanek, he attended the public schools where his mother was his teacher. He graduated from Fort Hays State University in 1950 and volunteered to serve in the Navy where he became a pilot. After being honorably discharged, he taught and coached at a rural high school in Pawnee Rock, KS, for two years before entering law school at Washburn University in Topeka, KS. He graduated from Washburn in 1957 with his JD and was admitted to the Kansas Bar. From law school, John spent several years with Tidewater Oil Co in Durango, CO, and Houston, TX, but was pulled back to Kansas by a law firm offering him a position close to his family. After a couple of years with the law firm in Kansas, John accepted a position with Travelers Insurance in Phoenix, AZ, and he remained with Travelers until 1964 when he passed the Arizona Bar. He subsequently joined a law firm, Hash, Cantor and Tomanek, where he practiced until his retirement.

In 1965, John married Dora Lee Kennedy, who had two young children, Linda Dorsey (formerly Kennedy, husband Tom) and Phillip Kennedy (wife Ann). Dora Lee passed away in 1983, and John began to travel. While on a trip to the Soviet Union, John met Diana Canaday who was also on a trip there, and in 1987 John and Diana married. Diana had three college-age children, Karen Whitlock (formerly Canaday, husband Mark), Clifford Canaday (wife Mary), and Lynn Black (formerly Canaday, husband Dorwin).

In addition to his professional career, John worked for Legal Aide as a lawyer, assisting the underprivileged with legal issues. While this work was only for a year, it was instrumental in his development and political beliefs. His strong motivation to help the needy carried on into the remainder of his law career. He is pre-deceased by his brother Dr. Gerald (Jerry) Wayne Tomanek and leaves behind many loved ones in his beloved Kansas. He felt blessed in his marriages with the five children that came as a package which developed into the addition of eleven grandchildren, Kaylee Dorsey, Ryan Dorsey, Daniel Dorsey, Houston Kennedy, Taylor Kennedy, Camille Kennedy, Jason Canaday, Lindsay Canaday, Kevin Canaday, Douglas Black and Dylan Black, all of whom were much loved and enjoyed by him. Services are to be at St Anthony on the Desert in Scottsdale on Tuesday, May 3rd at 3 p.m., with a reception following at his home. John will be interned in Memorial Gardens at Christ Church of the Ascension in Phoenix at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family recommends a donation in Johnís honor to a cause or organization he championed in his life: The Salvation Army (, Arizona Animal Welfare League and SPCA (, or St Anthony on the Desert in Scottsdale (

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