William Lee DiVito, 67, of Tucson, died suddenly at his home on Dec. 3, 2018 doing what he loved: working out. Born and raised in Oak Park, the son of the late Jan and Evelyn DiVito, he grew up surrounded by a large Italian family. A graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High School, class of 1969, he was the captain and most valuable player of the varsity basketball team. He attended Bradley University in Peoria and the University of Arizona, where he fell in love with Tucson and the Southwest desert.
A first vice president at CBRE, he had a successful career in commercial real estate that spanned more than three decades. Highly respected and admired by his peers, clients, and partners, he was intelligent, and wickedly witty, with street smarts from growing up in the Chicago area. He was a creative, resourceful, and charismatic leader who loved doing deals.
Running, hiking, basketball, playing his sax, and following sports, were the things he loved. He had season tickets for University of Arizona basketball for decades and was a lifelong, loyal Cubs fan. He and MJ were world adventure travelers and enjoyed boating.
Family was very important to Bill, and he was a mentor and friend to many.
Bill DiVito is survived by Mary Jo (MJ) Sheldon-DiVito, his wife, soul mate, and partner of 45 years; his cockatoo, Granville; his siblings, Janice Baldwin (Allan) and Daniel DiVito; and he was the uncle of many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his honor to the Steven M. Gootter Foundation working to defeat sudden cardiac death. The family will be hosting a celebration of life service at 12 p.m. on Feb. 2, 2019 at St. Phillips in the Hills, 4440 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson, Arizona. Please bring your favorite story to share.
Arrangements were by Adair Funeral Homes, Dodge Chapel.