Sean C. Kelley – In Memoriam (1971-2022)


It is with a heavy heart that I must share the unexpected passing of Sean Kelley on March 9th.  Sean passed peacefully in the hospital with his loving family by his side.

I am sure all of you are as shocked as I am since it was only in December 2021 that he was at the CATA conference enjoying the holidays with all of you.  He recently celebrated his 51st birthday February 21st.  This is a loss of a great man, husband, father, friend, and colleague.

Many of you knew Sean.  He was a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he also met his wife, Maria.  Together, they began a life in Newport Beach, California, where they would raise their two children, Aidan, and Megan.  He concurrently started his career at Marvin Poer & Company in 1993, where we first met.  We formed what would become a life-long friendship that would ultimately become the foundation of a successful partnership as DePasquale, Kelley & Company formed in 1995.  For nearly 30 years, we shared friendship, endless conversations about ad valorem taxation (which we managed to sound interesting), and a quality of life mixed with adventure.    It was the friendship, trust and respect we both felt for each other that I will miss the most.

Sean was also integral to the formation of CATA.  The many positions he held over the years—Board Member, Past President, and Committee Member—demonstrate his unwavering commitment to CATA and his deep passion for the betterment of this industry.  In 2019, Sean was honored with CATA’s Lifetime Achievement Award.  It is with great honor that the CATA Board has decided to create the Sean C. Kelley Lifetime Achievement Award.

There will be a memorial service on March 31, 2022 at Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano, 31520 Camino Capistrano, SJ, CA 92675.  See https://seankelley.memorial/ for more details.

We would like to provide something special to Sean’s family in advance of the memorial service.  I encourage you to email any memories you would like to share with Sean’s family to breann.robowski@pillsburylaw.com by March 30th.  CATA will then package those memories for Sean’s family and deliver them at the memorial.  Let’s bring a smile to Sean’s family by making sure they understand what he meant to each of us and our organization.  Whether you knew Sean well or only had a few interactions with him, he was sure to have left an indelible mark.  He will be greatly missed.

James R. DePasquale, Principal


In lieu of flowers his family would like that a donation be made to Caterina’s Club. See https://caterinasclub.org/donate/ for more details.

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DePasquale, Kelley & Company is committed to delivering the highest quality services in the property tax assessment industry. We provide superior valuation and advocacy skills along with consistent, responsive communication and reporting. Our national affiliation program allows us to provide our clients centralized property tax management with maximum results through local expertise.

Our practice spans several industries which include hospitality, healthcare, retail, office/industrial, multi-family, and special use properties. Each category reflects unique issues relating to the assessment process either resulting from development, change in ownership or cyclical reappraisals.

In conjunction with valuation consulting, we offer full service property tax administration including personal property compliance and audits, pre-acquisition tax estimates, new construction compliance, change in ownership affidavits and direct assessment audits.

We welcome the opportunity to evaluate your property tax assessments, at no cost, in order that we may provide you with an understanding of your particular property tax issues.

DePasquale, Kelley and Company have provided outstanding service since they began handling our business fifteen years ago. They are very proactive in their approach to determining and obtaining fair tax valuations for our properties. We recommend their services to any real estate owner who is concerned about their property tax bill.

Don Kelley, CFO Haagen Company

DePasquale, Kelley & Company has been a trusted consultant to our company since 1997, and through multiple phases of our portfolio. Their expertise is trusted industry-wide and provides us comfort that we are maximizing profit in our current portfolio and are able to properly assess acquisition opportunities across multiple jurisdictions.

Eric Hassberger Strategic Hotels & Resorts

James and his team provide consistent high level service to our apartment portfolio on a regular basis. They are a pleasure to deal with and are extremely responsive and proactive. Dk& co. completely serves our property tax needs.

Phillip Wintner Kennedy Wilson Real Estate Services and Investments

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