Michael Alan Rokoff


Michael Alan Rokoff, 68, died peacefully in his sleep, June 4, 2007. He was born June 20, 1939 in Brooklyn, N.Y. to Solmond and Lillian Weiner Rokoff.

He was raised in Nyack, N.Y with his twin sister, Nina.

He was a graduate of Arizona State University and had a long career as a humor artist and writer, mostly with Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, Mo., but beginning with a cartoon strip in the campus news for ASU.

He took his art seriously, and in the 1960s, traveled extensively in Europe, studying European humor and doing cartoons for French and Spanish newspapers. His work remains immensely popular and has been translated into every language imaginable and sold all over the world.

His father's career as a classical violinist fostered his love of music of all kinds. Mr. Rokoff's collection of music is legendary and he enjoyed nothing better sharing new musical discoveries with his many friends and loved ones.

He was an animal lover and was instrumental in establishing Payson's Off-leash Dog Park. He designed the park's logo, a little dog running with a ball.

Mr. Rokoff and his wife moved to the mountains of Arizona 11 years ago in 1996, where he continued his work as a freelance artists and writer. The Rokoffs were active in the Payson art community, helping with the annual Payson Studio Tour.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Donna; his twin sister, Nina and her husband, Kenneth Kent, of Payson; sons, Oliver and Alexander Rokoff of Portland, Ore.; stepdaughters, Elizabeth and her husband, Jack March, of Rockwall, Texas, Dana Richards of Santa Fe, N.M., Kathleen Richards of Lawrence, Kan., Julianne and her husband, Mark Mayer, of Bozeman, Mont., 11 grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

A celebration of Mr. Rokoff's life will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today, June 8 at the Payson Off-leash Dog Park (across from the Payson Public Library on McLane Road). Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Payson Humane Society's Building Fund, 812 McLane Road, Payson, AZ 85541.

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