Two killed in Casa Grande plane crash were from southern AZ - Tucson News Now

Two killed in Casa Grande plane crash were from southern AZ

Stephen J. Stafford (Source: Facebook) Stephen J. Stafford (Source: Facebook)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The two southern Arizona men killed in Wednesday's small plane crash in Casa Grande have been identified today.

The Pinal County Medical Examiner said Stephen J. Stafford of Green Valley and Del V. Steinbronn of Tucson both died from injuries sustained from the impact of the crash.

Stafford, 51, was a certified flight instructor with many years of flying experience.

Steinbronn, 65, was a retired private practice urologist who also had many years of flight experience.

"I had the honor of knowing him for over 12 years and I am lucky to have been able to call him a friend," said Dr. Paul Yurkanin, who practiced with Dr. Steinbronn.  "He was a great mentor in many ways, in not only the practice of medicine, but his specialty of urology, but also in the humanistic quality of caring for people—people suffering from cancer, people in need of medical attention and of help."

Dr. Yurkanin said that Dr. Steinbronn was not only known for his work as urologic oncologist who treated cancer and other diseases of the urinary system, but also as a physician who passed on the importance of caring for people to those who followed in his footsteps.  He graduated from the University of Arizona College of Medicine in 1974.  Dr. Steinbronn retired about seven years ago but continued to set an example for others.  He served rural areas also, so that those residents could receive care without always traveling the great distances that were usually required.  His attention to detail as a physician was also present in his love of flying and other aspects of his life.

"His nature, as a parent, an individual, a husband, a physician, carried into his hobbies and activities as well," Dr. Yurkanin said.

Dr. Steinbronn is survived by his wife and two daughters, who are each married.

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