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Upper Iowa donors found dead in Arizona

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Well known Upper Iowa University donors, Judith and James Day, were found shot to death in their home in Fountain Hills, Arizona.

The Arizona Republic newspaper reports the bodies were discovered inside the couple's Fountain Hills home on March 14. Fountain Hills is an exclusive area of Maricopa County, northeast of the Phoenix area.

At this time, according to the Arizona Republic, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office investigation indicates it is likely a case of murder-suicide.

The newspaper says Sgt. Brandon Jones, of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Department, identified the bodies as those of 66-year old James Day and his wife, 69-year old Judith Day. The Maricopa County Sheriff's office says both appeared to have died from gunshot wounds.

James Day is an Upper Iowa graduate. Day was an all-American football player for the Upper Iowa Peacocks under legendary coach Ed Eischeid back in the early 1960's. He is a member of the Upper Iowa Athletic Hall of Fame.

The family has made numerous donations to Upper Iowa over the years, including a bequeath of more than two and a half million dollars toward the General Athletic Fund at Upper Iowa.

James Day chaired Upper Iowa's Road to Glory campaign to remodel Dorman Gymnasium, and had been a member of the Upper Iowa University Board of Trustees. James Day was also a recipient of Upper Iowa's Service to the University Award.   

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