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Amber Karena Holt (nee Arthur)

Our Beloved daughter Amber Karena Holt (nee Arthur) left our earthly world unexpectedly on January 26th, 2023. She was born in Frisco Colorado on the 11th of July 1973 & grew up attending elementary thru Jr High in Jackson, WY, moved to Cody where she graduated high school. Her college yrs were spent in Sioux Falls SD, Billings Mt & Anchorage AK excelling in music & aeronautical engineering.

Amber was endowed with a passionate loving heart gregarious, generous & giving bringing smiles to many, tempered with redheaded spirit, compassionate always to those in need. Amber enjoyed an exuberant & vivacious life creating Back Country Basics instructing women with snowmobiles, which lead to working for Arctic Cat as an instructor which took her to foreign lands & later became an instructor for Harley Davidson. She also spent more than 10 yrs being a volunteer firefighter in AK & IDA. She held a private pilot’s license. The past number of years she created & operated her own very popular mobile dog grooming business Ultimate Style in Bisbee, AZ.

Amber’s father, & grandparents pre-deceased her. She is survived by her mother Yvonne (Von) Mark & stepfather Stephen Mark, her brother Mark Somers, sister Darshia Roberts, nephews CT, AJ & niece MJ, stepsisters Stef & Sally, various Aunts & Uncles, plus her soulmate & partner Warren Nixon & their seven dogs.

Preparations are being made for a Celebration of Life (TBD) in Bisbee, AZ

If you could please add or send your comments, photos, verbal or written memories to add to Amber's Celebration of life it will be greatly appreciated.

Amber’s ashes will rest in the Bay of Islands on Naknek Lake, AK in the summer where she enjoyed fishing. ‘Amber’s wishes are for any remembrances donations to be made to any Animal Care/Rescue Agency of your choice or the Lupus Foundation.


Edgardo U. Campbell

Edgardo U. Campbell

June 25, 1962 – March 3, 2023


Edgardo U. Campbell, un miembro querido de su familia y comunidad, falleció el viernes 3 de marzo de 2023, a la edad de 60 años. Edgardo será profundamente extrañado por todos aquellos que lo conocieron. 

Edgardo era conocido por su espíritu amable y generoso. Siempre estaba dispuesto a tender una mano a aquellos que lo necesitaban y tenía un corazón lleno de compasión, y su amor por su familia era evidente en todo lo que hacía. Era un esposo y padre devoto que valoraba el tiempo que pasaba con sus seres queridos. El sentido del humor de Edgardo llenaba la habitación, y su sonrisa iluminaba las vidas de quienes lo rodeaban.

El fallecimiento de Edgardo deja un vacío en el corazón de su familia y amigos, pero su memoria vivirá a través de las innumerables vidas que tocó. Siempre será recordado como un hombre que encarnaba los valores del amor, la amabilidad y la generosidad.

La familia desea expresar su gratitud por el desbordamiento de amor y apoyo durante este momento difícil.

Descansa en paz, Edgardo Campbell. Se te extrañará, pero nunca será olvidado

Celebracion de Vida

Se llevará a cabo un servicio conmemorativo en honor a la vida de Edgardo Viernes 10 de marzo  5:00 - 9:00 pm, Rosario 7 pm.

en la funeraria Alex Espinosa 1940 W. Highway 92, Bisbee, Arizona

Sábado 11 de marzo Rosario 10:15 am y la misa seguirá a las 11:00 am Iglesia Inmaculada Concepción.928 C ave. Douglas, AZ

Los servicios de entierro seguirán en el Cementerio de Calvary en Douglas.


David Robert Berridge (Dave)

David Robert Berridge (Dave) passed away on February 27, 2023, in Bisbee, Arizona, at the age of 76. He was holding the hand of his beloved wife Karen of 56 years. He is survived by Karen, his son Eric, and brother Don.

Dave was born in Vancouver, BC, Canada on March 16, 1946, where he spent his early years. In 1961 his family moved to San Fernando Valley CA, where he finished high school. Soon thereafter he became a naturalized US citizen and joined the US Air Force, from which he was honorably discharged in 1967 for medical reasons. The same year, he married his wife Karen.

Throughout his life, David’s occupation took wildly different forms over the years. He was a mechanical draftsman, roughneck on oil rigs, and karate instructor. Everything he did was done with the highest degree of skill and consideration. In 1991 he decided to make a career change, so he enrolled in the Westlawn School of Yacht Design. He graduated the course with the highest marks in the history of their institution. For the remainder of his career, he put that knowledge to use in the fields of yacht and aircraft design.

Though David excelled at all the work he ever did, his true gift was always art. His media evolved over the years, from pencil renderings, to pen and ink, and finally to oil pastel. His early pencil rendering work is on permanent display at the Favell Museum of Western Art. The art he produced in oil pastel is the most highly regarded and has been published in several magazines including The Artists Magazine and American Artist and was the first featured artist on The Oil Pastel Review. He submitted works for the Oil Pastel Society shows in 2005, 2009 and 2012, being awarded 1st place on each occasion. His website will be maintained indefinitely for those who wish to enjoy his art online at His remaining work is at the Belleza Fine Art gallery in Bisbee, AZ.

Dave, Karen, and their children Valerie and Eric lived in many places throughout the years, including California, Oklahoma, Texas, Washington, Alaska, and Arizona. Everywhere he went, his spark touched the lives of countless people. His sense of humor was irreverent and always good spirited. He was full of compassion and lived to be of service and bring joy to others. He is loved and will be missed dearly by many.


Gilberto Andres Franco, 28

Gilberto Andres Franco, 28
12/02/1994 - 01/12/23
Born in Sierra vista, Az on Dec. 02, 1994. Gilbert was a Big time mama’s boy….He is survived by his mom Nancy Almanza . Gilbert was super close to his sister Yesenia Almanza and his nephew Aziel Almanza (Monkey) in which he just adored. His cousin Calvin Thurman in which he also was very close to. Gilbert is also survived by his Dad Gilberto Franco, Grand mother Gloria Becerra and Anna L Monge,  4 other sisters,  Many aunts, uncles,  cousins and Friends.
   Gilbert will be Greatly missed and dearly loved. He always wore a smile regardless of what he was going through. He always put other’s happiness before his. He would leave a loving impression on anyone he met. Just an overall comedian. He just loved and lived life to the fullest. He Loved to make everyone laugh. He’ was an Amazing Son, Brother, Grandson, friend.

Celebration of Life

Services are going to be Saturday, February 11th, 2023

at High Desert Bible Study Church

 200 N 5th St, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635

at 11:30 am, then in will continue in Tucson at 3:00 pm.

Following the Reid Park 100 Country Club Rd, Tucson, AZ 85716

for lanterns and balloon releasing.

Celebration of Life

Funeral services Saturday, January 28,2032 at 11:00 am Iglesia Ministerios Amistad

350 D Ave, Douglas, AZ 85607

with burial at Sacred Heart Cemetery

in Pirtleville, AZ

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Elisa Carillo

Elsa Carillo was 55years old, her birthday was on May 1st ‘1967. She passed away on January 16th 2023, she left behind 3 beautiful children and lots of grandchildren. Maricela Pichardo her youngest baby girl; they had lived together made a beautiful home together, Orlando Carillo was her 2nd oldest baby boy and Karina her oldest!. She loved her children very much they were all very close.

Elsa was a very caring soul, very talented; always loved to make arts and craft projects she would love to make piñatas for her grandchildren; jewelry... you think of it and she would be more than happy to make it! We are sad to have to put her at rest, but she is finally free and resting in peace❤️ we love you Elsa Carillo!

May you rest in paradise.


George (Jorge) Romero

George (Jorge) Romero was born to Edgardo and Natalia Romero.

His sister Carmen is resting with him, brothers Sergio and Michael. George graduated from Douglas High school. Then proceeded to the United States Marines. Upon returning he gave a try in Douglas with the Police department for some years. He then went to work with our Lord became an Ordained Minister for over twenty years. He is survived by his wife Conchita of twenty-five years. Sons George Jr., Timothy, Dominic, and daughter Jovani. Including several grandchildren.

Celebration of Life

Services will be today January 20, 2023

 at 6:00 pm at Tierra Bendicion
50- HWY 80 Douglas AZ
Burial tomorrow at 9:00 Calvary Cemetery in Veteran’s Plot


Cecilia S. Ledesma

Cecilia S. Ledesma, 89


SIERRA VISTA- It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, Cecilia S. Ledesma, 89.   She passed away peacefully on Saturday January 7, 2023 at home surrounded by her loved ones.


Cecilia was born and raised in Naco Sonora, Mexico on the 22nd of November 1933 to the late Eutimio and Maria (Ruiz) Suarez.  She resided in Naco, Arizona for 48 years and Sierra Vista for the past ten years. She was a dedicated stay at home mom who not only raised her three children but also cared for her many nieces and nephews. She was a member of the Saint Michael’s and Saint Patrick’s Church in Naco and Bisbee, Arizona.


In addition to her parents, Cecilia was preceded in death by her husband, Jesus J. Ledesma, and granddaughter, Naydil Daniela Lopez.  She was the youngest of seven siblings and was also preceded in death by her sisters Celia S. Salaiz and Alicia Ortiz , brothers Raul, Armando, Gilberto, and Alfredo Suarez.  She is survived by her three children, son Jesus S. Ledesma II (Patricia Mann), daughters, Maria Margarita Ledesma Lopez (Octavio Lopez), Cruz Patricia Ledesma de Lopez (Carlos Lopez). Cecilia also is survived by her sister-in-law, Juanita Ledesma-Sanchez and her brothers-in-law, Francisco Ledesma and Francisco Ortiz; four grandchildren Cecilia Romero (Oscar), Jacqueline, Octavio, and Jocelyn.  Seven great grandchildren, Nevaeh, Adriana, Leilani, Daleyza, Mateo, Jessica, and Julian, along with many of her beloved nieces and nephews.  Cecilia was a kind and generous person who loved her family and friends dearly. Everyone who met and worked with her fell in love with her and her quirky personality. She will be missed by many, God bless, and may she Rest In Peace.


Elizabeth Montelongo Lopez

Elizabeth Montelongo Lopez passed Sunday, January 8, 2023, in Tucson, Arizona. She was born on March 25, 1930, in Douglas, Arizona to Rafael and Soledad Montelongo. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ruben T. Lopez, and her son, Manuel D. Rosado. She is survived by her daughter, Kim Gregory (Mario), two grandchildren, Jennifer Gregory and Steve Gregory (Annie), and five great-grandchildren, Kaylee, Kenzey, Kayden, Kennedy, and Dylan. She also leaves behind her nephew, Luis Montelongo, and a sister, Amelia Varela of Los Angeles, California. She leaves numerous family members who she loved dearly. She was a good caring Mother and a wonderful loving Sister, Tia, Nana, and friend. She was a civil servant employed by the Department of the Army. She retired after a 30plus year career. She then went on to volunteer for her church, Grace United Methodist Church, and the Food Bank of Douglas.

Celebration of Life

Viewing and rosary for our beloved mother Cecilia will be held at

Alex Espinosa Funeral Home 1940 W. Highway 92, Bisbee, Arizona,

On Thursday January 19, 2023 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., with rosary at 6:00 p.m.  Family and friends are asked to meet on Friday, January 20, 2023 at the Velatorio Municipal in Naco Sonora, Mexico, Ave. Francisco I. Madero, for wake and rosary starting at 2 p.m.  Mass will be held at our Señora De Guadalupe Church at 12:00p.m., on Saturday, January 21, 2023. Following funeral mass, interment will be at the Cementerio Municipal in Naco Sonora, Mexico where she will be joining her beloved husband.  Pallbearers present at the events (wake, mass and burial) in Mexico will be Jesus Ledesma II, Octavio A. Ledesma-Lopez, Octavio Lopez, Carlos Lopez, Robert Salaiz and Carlos Ledesma.


Celebration of Life

 In lieu of flowers, a donation in her memory to the Food Bank of Douglas or a food bank of your choice would be greatly appreciated. Service with be at graveside in Douglas, Arizona on Saturday, at 11:00 am January 14, 2023


Frank “Pancho” Carabeo

Frank E Carabeo at the age of 89, passed away into eternal rest on Saturday November 12, 2022, at his home in Las Cruces, New Mexico.  Frank was born on July 2, 1933 to Faustino Carabeo and Agueda Encinas Carabeo, in Dos Cabezas AZ. Frank was one of 9 children. Frank is preceded in death by his parents and siblings, with one surviving sister Angie “Jeli” Casillas. Frank is survived by his wife Maria Teofila Romero Carabeo, of 66 years marriage. Frank and Maria had 6 children, Frank Carabeo  Jr. (deceased) Carlos Carabeo (Silvia), Yolanda Montez (Alfonso) , Irma Torres (deceased/survived by Jesus), Sylvia Dominguez (Daniel), and Eddie Carabeo. He leaves many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephew who will miss their “Tata Pancho and or Tio Pancho”.  Frank graduated in 1952 from Bisbee High School, then volunteered and joined the US Army. He was a US Army Korean war veteran who served from July 2, 1952 to July 2, 1955. Frank eventually became a VFW and American Legion member in Bisbee AZ. Frank was a dedicated hard worker who provided for his family, as a master machinist for several years, to later retiring from Phelps Dodge.  Frank loved the outdoors where he spent a lot of time fishing, and hunting with his family and friends. Frank was a big fan of baseball and football, rarely missing his favorite team the Diamond Backs. Frank was well known and respected by many and will surely be missed.  



Serenity Prayer

Lord God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,

the courage to change the things I can,

And the wisdom to know the difference.


 Larry Prevett

Lawrence Edward Prevett, known to his friends as Larry, passed away Friday, November 11, 2022 in Bisbee, AZ.  Larry was much loved by his family and many friends in Bisbee, Sierra Vista, and Douglas.  He is survived by his wife, Debra Wright, and sister, Linda Prevett Gross (Bob).  An extended obituary with several tributes from family and friends is available on the website for Alex Espinosa Funeral Home (

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Copper Queen Library and/or to Bisbee's local radio station, KBRP.   A memorial will be held

in January.

Larry was an absolutely brilliant computer guy. Once when I was doing technical work

for Bisbee's community radio station, KBRP, I came across the program that Larry had

written to capture the information about the automated music that was currently

playing and send it to a website where listeners could view it. I studied the commands

and structure of his program until I could understand what he'd done and was blown

away by the brilliant programming that Larry had put together to accomplish the task.

Another time, he came to my house and set up a computer firewall to help secure my

home computers from hackers. He worked on it for hours, first teaching himself a new

version of the firewall that he had not used before, and then configuring and checking

and running the firewall setup over and over until all error messages were resolved and

the firewall was up and running securely. I watched and helped him for those hours and

when we were done, I was exhausted. Larry's comment was: "That was fun." He never

ceased to amaze me.

From Lar's cousin, Phill Adams:

This past weekend my cousin, Larry Prevett, went to see Jesus. We looked at each other as brothers.

Larry had a heart as big as all outdoors, which is where he lived. In his area of the world he could tell you, not only common names, but the scientific classification as well. And if there were any medical uses, between him and his beautiful wife Debra, they could give you that info as well.

As a young man, he got radio air play in Memphis when playing with a group called Merlin. He was a quality six stringer.

He was a Linux specialist and spent a good bit of time evangelizing that platform and it’s value.

Larry was a lot like John the Baptist. He marched to a different drummer. His wonderful sister, Linda, says “Larry was his own man”. And boy was he! He questioned traditional religion and its heretical traditions. He loved Jesus. He loved His people as well. But don’t try to sell him something that you can’t backup with The Book.

He questioned anything that didn’t hold up to heavy scrutiny.

He was stubborn as a mule. Unless you had clear, overwhelming, justifiable evidence contrary to his opinion, he was not about to change his mind.

Being with Larry was always an adventure and an education. He would cajole me into things I had no faith in at all. And come out of them with a new appreciation for whatever we did.

For example, I had come home on leave from the Army, sometime in 1971. He said ,”I’ll pick you up in the morning.” When he arrived we loaded into the truck and ended up at a dark, deep swamp in Madison County, Tennessee. (BTW, Larry loved snakes)

Upon arriving there he tossed me a canvas bag and he kept a LONG pole. “Larry, what are we about do?” I don’t mind mentioning that my lower extremities were beginning to tighten up. He said, “We’re going cottonmouth hunting!”.

He was like a kid going to the county fair for the first time.

I was like a convict walking to his execution.

Long story short, after wading around in waist deep Tennessee swamp water, we ended up with a bag full of West Tennessee water moccasins. That was one of Larry’s adventures. Good, clean fun…right?

I could go on and on…

In the last few years he has been fighting for his life with kidney failure, dialysis and all the misery that goes with it. Debra helped to bring joy into his life. Others might have cut and run. Not Debra!

As a result, Larry and I had to relive those adventures over the phone. It’s just not the same.

I miss my friend, my cousin, my brother. A very special breed of man. See you in the woods.


Celebration of Life


November 18, 2022 - 6:00pm-8:00pm

Alex Espinosa Bisbee Funeral Home

1094 AZ-92, Bisbee AZ 85603

Rosary will be on Saturday November 19, 2022.

at St Bernard’s Church 2308 N Mc Kinley St, Pirtleville, AZ 85626 10:15 a.m.

Funeral and burial service at 11:00a.m. Located at the Sacred Heart Cemetery 1104 Oak Ave, Douglas, AZ 85607.


Manuel Duron Tapia, 85

Manuel Duron Tapia, 85 of Pirtleville, AZ passed away on November 4, 2022.  Manuel was born in Cuquiarachic, Sonora, Mexico on March 7, 1937.  Manuel was preceded in death by his wife Andrea Cruz Tapia and their sons Sergio and Manuel Jr.  Manuel is survived by his son Marcos Antonio Tapia, daughters Nora Matty (Fernando), Selina Munoz (David) and Grandchildren Zumiko, Oyuki,  Sasha, Matty, David, Sean Munoz, Shane and Nicole Tapia. Great grandchildren Ezra Del Rincon, Mila June Munoz, Amina Mavis Navarrete, Veda, Victoria, and Gerardo Gomez, Shane and Jazlyn Tapia.


Oscar R. Barron, 80

Oscar R. Barron, 80, passed away on

October 31, 2022 at home.

He was the husband to
Gloria Armida Barron.
They shared 56 years of
marriage together.
Born in Nacozari Sonora Mexico,

he was the son to Filomena Robles and Antonio Barron.
Oscar was a friendly, smart, hard working person,

who adored his family. He was always happy and smiling,

just the life of the party!
He is survived by his wife Gloria Armida Barron,

children Elodia Barron, Oscar Barron Jr., Susana Salomon (Francisco Salomon)
Jose Viviano Garcia, sister Juanita Moroyoqui,
13 grandchildren, and 21 great grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his mother, father,

brother and sister Adelina Yates, Filimon Dozal, 
and nephews.

Funeral Services - Servicios Funerarios

4 de Noviembre del 2022 - 10:00am-4:00pm

Alex Espinosa Bisbee Funeral Home

1094 AZ-92, Bisbee AZ 85603
Servicio Religioso - 2:00pm-3:00pm
Velatorio Municipal Naco Sonora - 5:00pm
5 de Noviembre del 2022
Misa Iglesia Guadalupe Naco, Sonora 1:00pm
Para de allí partir al cementerio municipal.


Moises Gabriel Rea

We are heartbroken to announce the death
of our father Moises Gabriel Rea.

He passed away at the age of 93 in his home
accompanied by his daughters Maria A.
Rea (Angela) and Lydia C. Leatherman. He
was preceded in death by his wife Carlota
V. Rea (Mijen) and his two sons

Marco A Rea and Cruz G. Rea
He is also survived by his stepdaughter
Maria G.Parmley (Marlu), 13 grand-children
and 15 great-grandchildren
Rosary and mass will be held

at St. Luke's St. Church 1211 E15th Street. Douglas AZ
starting at 1015 A.M followed by burial on
Saturday, November 5, 2022, at Calvary
1413-1599 5th St, Douglas, AZ 85607

Celebration of Life

Viewing: Thursday, November 10, 2022
10:00am ~
St. Patrick’s Catholic Church

100 Quality Hill Rd, Bisbee, AZ 85603
Mass: Thursday, November 10, 2022
10:30am ~
St. Patrick’s Catholic Church 100 Quality Hill Rd, Bisbee, AZ 85603
Burial: Evergreen Cemetery

Michael V. Rivera, 62

Michael V. Rivera, 62. Passed away peacefully on October 29, 2022. He was surrounded by his wife, children and grandchildren during the last days of his life. Michael was born in Bisbee AZ September 17, 1960 to Herbert and Olga

Rivera. In 1975 Michael moved to Morenci, AZ where he met the love of his life Olga Valle. The two married in 1982. They lived in Morenci where they raised 5 Children, Michael, Christopher, Michelle, Albert and Jennifer. Michael worked for Phelps Dodge for 30 years, he worked for the company until 2008, when Michael was diagnosed with COPD, and he continued to fight the disease until his passing. Through the years, Michael and Olga were blessed with 13 grandchildren, and one great granddaughter. Michael enjoyed spending time with his family, watching the Arizona Wildcats, Diamondbacks, Cardinals and listening music. Michael took much pride in his Family, especially his grandchildren. His life was fulfilled with joy and happiness, and he will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his wife Olga, sons Michael Jr, Christopher Jr, Albert, and daughters Michelle, and Jennifer.


Yolanda M. Barreras

Funeral services will be

 Saturday October 29, at 10:15 am

 Immaculate Conception Church

928 C ave. Douglas, AZ

 Funeral arrangements

 Alex Espinosa Funeral Home, Bisbee, Az


Daniel Elzy

Mario Elzy

Robert Elzy Jr.

Michael Elzy

Daniel Elzy Jr.

Roman Belasco


Martin Chavez

Cesar Chavez

Honorary pallbearers

Robert Elzy

Cruz Belasco

Jorge Guillermo Flores

Robert Chubby Flores Jr.

Luis Flores

Martin Li Flores

Alex Espinosa


Socorro "Soco" Elzy

Socorro "Soco" Elzy passed away August 11, 2022, at age 84,

at TMC in Tucson with family by her side.
She grew up in Douglas where she attended Loretto Catholic School,

and Douglas High School.

She was married to Miguel "Mike" Elzy, her beloved lifetime companion for 66 years.

She lived in Douglas, Tucson, St. David.
As a child she was surrounded by her aunts who doted on her and it was said they had her walking at 9 months.

As a youth she loved and participated in all sports. She stayed active and enjoyed walking,
bicycle riding and dancing.
She worked at Kress, a variety store, Head Start, and Phelps Dodge Laboratory.

She was a member of YWCA Club Selene, St. Lukes and Mother of Sorrows Parishes and an oblet at Holy Trinity Monastery in St David.

She was a very active volunteer for her church, Catholic Social Services and the Monastery.
Soco was a loving and caring wife and mother.

She participated in her sons' sports and scout activities.
She was a homemaker, great cook, and enjoyed being with friends and family.

She was very supportive of family and friends.

She enjoyed travel to see family and

was well traveled with her husband on out of state trips, Yugoslavia, Europe, Mexico, and Hawaii.

In later years she loved phone visits and always kept family connected.
She was proceeded in death by her son Mike Elzy and mother Josefa Moreno.

She is survived by her husband Miguel, sons Daniel, Mario, and Robert, eight grandchildren, six great grandchildren, and two great grandchildren,

two sisters Lupe Guerrero (Atenedoro), Margaret Nogales, nephew, nieces. She
also had many godchildren.
We will greatly miss her.

Visitation at 10 AM Thursday, August 18 our Lady of Sorrow in Tucson. Rosary at 10:30 am mass at 11:00 am Interment at Douglas Cemetery after 10:00 am mass on Friday at St. Luke’s Church 1211 E15th Street. Douglas AZ


Gerald’s rosary mass will be held at 9 am August, 17th at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church 100 Quality Hill Rd, Bisbee, AZ 85603 with the Funeral mass immediately following. A Potluck reception will then be celebrated at the Gay 90’s bar in Naco, AZ following the mass.

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Gerald Hector Garcia

Gerald Hector Garcia was born April 1, 1939, to Leon and Guadalupe Garcia in Bisbee, Arizona.

He was one of ten children. He was proceeded in death by his parents, his son Joseph Garcia, his brothers Richard, Ruben, Mario Rene, Albert Garcia, and his sisters Mary Ida Silvia, and Anita Grijalva. His surviving siblings are a sister Virginia Flores, and brothers Mike (Irene), and Leon (Maria) Garcia.

               He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Rose J. Garcia, his daughters Maureen Keen, Rosie Diaz, Doreen (Gilbert) Fuentes, Geraldine J. Garcia, and Maria Luisa (Shane) Dickson, and his sons Manuel Diaz Jr., and Gerald Garcia Jr. Also, his extended children his grandsons Gary Jr. and Carlos Silva. He was blessed with 16 more grandchildren and 35 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his in-laws Grace Flores, Maria Greene, Martha Elena (Peter) Rider, Teresa Encinas, Michael (Dora) Jimenez and Conchita Jimenez, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

After high school Gerald joined the National Guard, and then worked as a miner for 31 years at Phelps Dodge. He then had numerous other jobs which included Frank Garcia Plumbing, Jesse’s Roofing Company, his own auto shop RAGS, and Randall Refrigeration. Gerald was known as a Jack of all Trades. He was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and St. Michael’s mission.

Gerald was a fun-loving prankster who was always up for a good laugh. He loved spending time with his family. He left a lasting impact on his entire family, and he will be greatly missed.


Carmen Andrade

On July 11, 2022 we lost a most beautiful soul, our beloved mother. Carmen Andrade, she passed away peacefully surrounded by all her children, and family. She was born in Bisbee, AZ on June 17, 1924. She had just celebrated her 98th birthday, and lived in Bisbee most of her life. Aside from being a Homemaker, she worked many years in what was then, El Zarape Restaurant, on Main St.  She had many customers who would ask for her, personally, to cook their meals. She then went on to live with her daughter, Angelina Godina, in California for many years. She returned to Arizona to live the remainder of her life in Tucson, Arizona. Our mother was the most caring, giving, strong, hard-working, selfless woman. She helped raised most of her grandchildren, and loved everyone in her family unconditionally. She taught us to forgive, and to help others, be faithful to God, and so much more. Carmen Andrade is survived by six of her children, Angelina Godina, Enrique Andrade, Jr., Antonio Andrade, Carmen Miller, Mike Andrade, Ana Lydia Carbajal.  She is also survived by three generations of over 80 grandchildren, and cousins, nieces, nephews, other extended family members, and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents Miguel Burgos, Bernarda Rocha Burgos, her husband Enrique Andrade, Sr., and their son, Arturo Andrade, She is also preceded in death by her siblings:  Enrique Rocha, Maria Burgos, Angelina Moreno, Miguel Burgos, Baby Manuel who died at 5 years old, Manuel Burgos, Francisco (Pancho) Burgos, and Robert Burgos. 

She will forever be missed and never forgotten. 

Celebration of Life

Funeral Services will be at St. Patrick Church 100 Quality Hill Rd, Bisbee, AZ 85603 with the rosary at 9:00 a.m. and the Mass right after at 9:30 a.m. on July 29th, 2022.

Family and friends are welcomed to come to eat, and reminisce at the VFW, 1326 AZ-92, Bisbee, AZ 85603.   Family and friends are encouraged to bring a dish or dessert, as this will a potluck-style gathering. Thank you to all.

Audry Anna Le Mon (Engel)

Died: June 5, 2022


Audry Anna LeMon, 84, passed away at home in Bisbee, AZ on June 5, 2022. Audry was born in Raleigh, ND, to Philip and Margaret Engel. She was previously married to Zan LeMon. Audry moved to Bisbee, AZ in 1979.


Audry was preceded in death by her father, Philip Engel, mother, Margaret Engel (Tishmack), sister, Sonia Engel, brother, Joachim “Jake” Engel, daughter, Lisa Sheree LeMon and son, Jason Ardell LeMon


She is survived by her sisters Betty Sorenson, Eva LeMon, Vonnie Floer, Rita Cornish, Nita Bladow, Joanie Boos and brother David Engel; daughters Alexia Ventoux, Suzanne LeMon-Blanchard and Suzette Velarde; grandchildren Heather, Heidi, Holly, Connie Sue, Cody, Devon, Elizabeth, Victoria, Alexandra, Tarz-Daniel, Dylan, Quenton, and Alyssa; great grandchildren Storey, Adaline, Malcome, Alice, Devon “Weston”, Aaliyah, Chardonnay, Gabriel, Kindlynn, Gloria and Jacob “Boomer”; and many, many nieces and nephews.


Audry’s greatest joy was her grandchildren (always asking if they needed jackets, socks, boots and blankets to keep them warm). She also enjoyed thrift stores, word search puzzles, feeding and watching the birds, and watching old westerns. Audry talked alot about horses, how her hands were strong because of milking cows when she was younger and drinking coffee with her dad.


To the moon and back.

Celebration of Life

Funeral Services will be held

 Tuesday, June14, 2022, at 11:00 am,

Strike Life Tributes in Cambridge, MN

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Maria Sofia Mora

Maria Sofia Mora passed away quietly on June 6, 2022. She was born on April 01, 1929, in Colonia Morelos, Sonora MX. She was preceded in death by her Husband Alberto, Daughter Maria, Son Mario and 12 siblings. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church, Legion of Mary, Spanish Choir, Bazaars and all fund-raising events. She would donate her plants to the church yearly that she had planted. She took upon herself to study the constitution and become an American Citizen which she was very proud of. She was a loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother. She always found time for anyone who came to her in time of need. She will be greatly missed by all whose lives she touched.

God Bless You Mom.

She is survived by her daughter Rosie (David); sons Hector (Vicki), Ernesto (Anna), Antonio (Maria), Francisco (Christine) and numerous grand children and great grandchildren, far too many to list.

Our Mom will Forever be in our hearts and greatly missed.

Celebration of Life

Funeral services will be

 Wednesday, June 15 at 10:00 am

 Immaculate Conception Church

928 C ave. Douglas, AZ

 Officiating Father Noriega

 Funeral arrangements

 Alex Espinosa Funeral Home, Bisbee, Az.


George Christopher Bugen

George Christopher Bugen was born to Chris and Mamie Bugen at their residence above the “Bugen Grocery”, 206 Naco Road (Slag Dump) March 1, 1928 in Bisbee Arizona. He attended Bisbee High School and graduated in the class of 1947. His after hour activities included Football and employment at Arizona Bakery and Frazee Motors. George was a member of the first Bisbee High School Football team to beat Douglas for possession of the Copper Pick in the Fall of 1945. The Pick was cast/made as an ongoing trophy for the annual meeting of the Pumas and Bulldogs. George represents Puma Pride at its best. After he graduated he began his career as a laborer with M and M Enterprise then a miner’s helper for Phelps Dodge at the Campbell Shaft mine in Bisbee. He worked there until the mine caught fire and he worked as a Fire Patrol miner’s helper. From there he wanted to better his life future. He entered the U.S. Navy on Valentine’s Day 1949 and was sent to Boot Camp and to a Navy School, Machinery Repairman at NTC San Diego. He was assigned to the USS Jason a heavy duty repair vessel. The first to be stationed in Seasbo Japan and did three tours in the Korean War. George was discharged in February 1953 as a (MR) Machinery Repairman Petty Officer 1st Class. George returned to Phelps Dodge on the labor crew, drilling and blasting, service lubrication truck until a journeyman machinist vacancy became available. In 1956 he was recruited as a Machinist Instructor in a new mine in Peru (Southern Peru Copper). Do to tax laws in Peru, in 1963 George returned to the United States to work in Stockton California as a Maintenance Superintendent for California Cedar Products. In 1969 he returned to Bisbee as a Technical Sales Representative to contact foreign base mining operations for sale of off road tires for the William R. Ryan Company Bisbee. This lead to the return to Peru as Assistant Master Mechanic, Mill site Mechanical and Fabrication Division, Toquepala. In 1979 he was transferred to Ilo, Peru as Smelter Master Mechanic. In 1983 he advanced to Assistant Mechanical Superintendent of the Ilo Area Mechanical Division in charge of Smelter and Industrial Railroad. George retired on October 6, 1986. George attended several seminars relative to Heavy Industrial and Rubber Products. Home study of various facets of Mechanical Engineering related employment. George traveled to most of the countries in South America, Japan and Yugoslavia. He enjoyed playing golf for many years until he met Arthritis. George also enjoyed gardening, cooking, home repair and various fraternal organizations. George was a man that lived his life in dignity, decency and grace, always wanting to help others. He was a member of Bisbee Elks lodge 671, American Legion Lodge 16, Bisbee Masonic: Perfect Ashlar lodge 12, Scottish Right 32 of Tucson, Sabbar Shriners, Tucson Az and member of St. Stephen Nemanja Serbian Church, Bisbee. As a member of the Bisbee Young Slavs of America he proposed the building of the Serbian Church on the present location and served on the building committee through its completion. He also served on numerous other committees until his departure for Peru. One of George’s favorite activities was maintaining the church and Serb National Federation section of Bisbee’s Evergreen Cemetery. George was a 45 year member of the Serb National Federation and a delegate to the 1977 national convention representing three Western States. Survivors include: cousins, David, Diane and George Milutinovich of Fresno California, cousin’s Evonne Dabkovich of Camarillo California, John Vukotich of San Diego California and numerous other relatives throughout California, Texas and Yugoslavia. George had an intense desire to help the working class adults of the Bisbee area and became a major benefactor to Cochise College to further this desire. Through his contributions the Bugen Family Fund was established which has resulted in the development of educational programs and the Bugen Technical Education Facility at Cochise College. Because of his philanthropic endeavors George was selected to serve as Honorary Board Member for ongoing support of Cochise College students thru the Cochise College Foundation in September 2015. Please make contributions to : Cochise College Foundation – Attention Bugen Family Fund, Sierra Vista Campus, Sierra Vista Az 85635-2317.


Johnnie Irey

It is with deep sadness that our beloved son, Johnnie Irey, passed away at Banner University Hospital in Tucson, Az on Sunday, May 1, 2022. He was born on September 10, 1966. He was a Douglas High School graduate and was on the Track and Cross Country teams all through high school. Later on in life he became a chef and one of the best! Cooking was always a passion for Johnnie! He is survived by his loving parents, John and Josie Irey, and four children, Alek, Portia, Romeo and Max. His siblings, Kim Stom, and Michelle (Richard) Arvayo, Trever Carson. A favorite aunt, Cecilia Vidal, and a favorite cousin, Stella Vidal. Uncle and Aunt Frank and Becky Guerrero, he had many other Aunts and Uncles that live out of state and many nephews, nieces, cousins and many friends!

No words can express how much we will miss him!

Celebration of Life

Funeral services Thursday, May 12

10:00 am at the First Baptist Church

700 E. 10th St. Douglas, 

officiating Pastor David Gonzales 

Funeral arrangements entrusted to

Alex Espinosa Funeral Home, Bisbee, Az.

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Celebration of Life


Funeral mass Friday April 22, 2022 at 10:00 am St Patrick Church,

100 Quality Hill Rd, Bisbee, AZ 85603

Funeral arrangements by

Espinosa Funeral Home, Bisbee, AZ


Marta Olivia Valenzuela

We are sad to say goodbye to our beautiful Marta Olivia Valenzuela who passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at home in Hereford, AZ April 14, 2022.  Marta was born in Douglas,  AZ on February 19, 1978.  She was raised in Naco and graduated from Bisbee high school.  Marta worked in the medical support field, most recently at the Sierra Vista VA clinic where she took great pride in serving veterans.


Marta is survived by her parents, Rene and Dora Valenzuela, her beloved son Rene Carrizosa, sisters Diana Valenzuela and Armida Lopez, and Armida's  husband Josh, and nieces Mia and Zoe.


Everyone who knew Marta, knows that she was the life of the party.  Her fun free spirit and kind heart will be forever missed.  


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Ruben Edmundo Villa, 77

Ruben Edmundo Villa Franco

November 23, 1944 – March 18, 2022


Ruben Edmundo Villa, 77, of Naco, Sonora, passed away on March 18, 2022, after a battle with cancer. His beloved wife of 56 years, Maria Eloisa Villa, and close family were by his side.

Ruben was born in Fronteras, Sonora and spent much of his life living in Naco, Sonora. He fell in love and married the love of his life, Maria Eloisa Villa, and together they raised a family of three: Ruben, Sergio, and Milena.

Ruben retired in 2001 as a Branch Bank Manager after 40 years of service.

He was the most loving and big-hearted man. He was a present and constant figure in lives of his family and for many years would call them daily to ask about their days with genuine interest. Ruben inspired light-heartedness and humor in all of those he met; we could all count on him to make us laugh with a joke, a funny story, a witty comeback, or simply through his loving affection. Ruben’s ability to connect with people was a true testament of his personable and trustworthy character. Throughout the years, Ruben could be anywhere in the world and would bump into a long-time friend or would spend time making a new one.

He was an avid baseball fan and enjoyed watching boxing matches, telenovelas, and American movies; but above all, his passion was spending time with his many friends and family.

Ruben is preceded in death by his parents Ramón and Socorro Villa, brother Roberto Villa, and son Sergio Villa. He is survived by his wife Maria Eloisa Villa; children Ruben (Amy) Villa and Milena Villa (Eddie Miranda); brothers Ramon (Carmen) Villa, Raúl (Blanca) Villa, René Villa, Rogelio Villa; sisters Dora Lina (Albert) Acuña, María Alicia Villa; 14 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren.

Celebration of Life

A private memorial service for close family and friends will be held at the Espinosa Funeral Home

1094 W. Highway 92 Bisbee, AZ 85603

A public memorial service will be held in Naco, Sonora

 Saturday, March 26, 2022, at 12:00 PM-5:30 PM.

Mass will follow at 6:00PM.

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Juana M. Hurtado (95)

Juana M. Hurtado (95) passed away in the comfort of her own home surrounded by her loved ones on March 16, 2022. She was born in San Juan de Los Lagos, Jalisco to Jesus and Luciana Marquez. As a toddler, she moved with her family to the U.S. and was raised in the small town of Paul Spur, just outside of Douglas. She married Jose P. Hurtado in 1944.  They raised three children (Mary, Lucy, Jose) there before moving to Douglas in 1955. She worked at the Cochise County Hospital for over 33 years. As a dietary aid, she found her job very fulfilling and rewarding. Her work ethic was impeccable. After her retirement she enjoyed cooking for her beloved family and friends. Juana had a heart of gold and a great sense of humor. Always helping and providing for the less fortunate. Her generosity included making food baskets, gathering clothing and blankets, and donating them to random families in our neighboring town of Agua Prieta. She was a great listener and always willing to share her wisdom and advice to others. She was one of the strongest, charismatic people you could ever meet. She was extremely proud to be a fifth-generation family. All who meet her fell in love with her and quickly called her their "Nana Juana". "Nana Juana" definitely left a mark on not only the lives of her family, but also of anyone who got the chance to meet her. May the impact she made in everyone's lives live on forever.      

She will be greatly missed by all..."I love you more"

She preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister Eugenia Mendoza, Daughter in law- Ana Hurtado, granddaughter- Bernadette Maza, great granddaughter-Gianna Hurtado.

She is survived by her three children, Mary (Armando) Maza, Lucy Grijalva, and Jose M. (Ana +) Hurtado. Nine grandchildren, Celina, Armando, Braulio, Alfonzo, Saul, Karla, Terry, Anacelia, and Jose. Nineteen great grandchildren, Jorden, Alec, Jesus, Baylie, Victor, Taylor, Steve, Chase, Mauro, Victoria, Demetrio, Emelia, Sebastian, Kayleen, Susana, Robert, Alannis, Alinna and Arabella. One great great-grandchild-Aiden. 

Celebration of Life

 Rosary will be March 25th 2022, at 10:15 am

Mass 11:00 am

 Immaculate Conception Catholic Church 928 C Ave, Douglas, AZ 85607

Burial to follow at Calvary Cemetery 1413-1599 5th St, Douglas, AZ 85607


Gilberto F. Morales “Chevo”

Gilberto F Morales “Chevo” was born September 22, 1944. He passed away peacefully February 21, 2022.
Chevo was born in Agua Prieta Sonora, he moved to Douglas with his family in 1957. He worked at the smelter for 20 years until it closed in 1984.

He is survived by his three sons , Victor, Luis, Ricardo and two daughters, Maria and Perla.

Gilberto also had numerous grandchildren.

He was beloved by his family and will be dearly missed.


Connie S. Whelan, 76

Connie S. Whelan, 76


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Connie S. Whelan. Connie was born in Keokuk, Iowa, on Jan 25th 1946. She was born to Herold and Clydean Clough. She grew up in a small farming community in northeast Missouri. She attended the business community college in Quincy Illinois where she met and married Fred Whelan. They moved to Douglas in 1966 and started their family while joining the family business, working side by side for 49 years at Paul’s Jewelers. Connie was a loving wife of 55 years and mother of 3 beautiful daughters, Jacquelyne (Ronny) Salmon, Heather (Luke) Fitzgerald, Heidi (Artie) Rivas. She was a generous grandmother to her grandchildren, William, Hannah (Andrew) Sheppard, Chloe, Colton, Nathan, Jacque Rose (Loren) Watson, Clari (Zac) Jensen, and Jake and her great grandchildren Emma, Jase, Lena and Whelan. She is also survived by her sister in law Paula (Ray) Shelton and her nephew and niece Ronnie (Jennifer) Shelton and Stephanie (Lloyd) Wilton and her great niece’s and nephew’s, Hunter, Alice, Zoe, and Calvin. Her brother Harold (Dorothy) Clough, sister Ana Mae (Dean) Saner.  She is preceded in death by her parents Harold and Clydean Clough, her in-laws Paul and Evyline Whelan, and sister Jean Barry. Connie’s favorite things were spending time with her family and friends, golfing and horseback riding in the Chiricahua mountain trails on her horse “Nacho”. Memorial services will be announced at a later date.

Celebration of Life

The Whelan Family would like to invite those who are interested in attending services for our Mother Connie Whelan

 March 26th at 12:00pm

Grace United Methodist Church  

715 11th St, Douglas, AZ 85607.

 A Celebration of life will follow at

The Elk’s Club 650 E 10th St, Douglas, AZ 85607

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Richard (Ricky) Escalante

On Valentine’s Day of this year Bisbee, AZ lost Richard (Ricky) Escalante. Ricky was known across the area as a fun loving, engaging personality, that loved to laugh, and be in the company of friends and family. Ricky succumbed to complication of his long battle with Cancer. Ricky remained a vigilant, strong-willed person we all remember, even to the last day singing songs and celebrating the holiday with his cousins. Over the last few months Ricky was strengthened by his renewed Faith in Christ! He enjoyed the peace and strength it provided him in his struggle. Ricky attended Bisbee High School, and worked as a clerk at Circle K for many years. Ricky left Circle K for a few years, only to take care of his mother Delia Escalante in Phoenix.

   During his final months Ricky was attended by his Aunt Irma Calderon in her home in Bisbee, along with his cousin Christina, her husband John Roberts, and best friend Josh Krebs. The family would like to thank the amazing efforts and benevolent service of our caregivers, nurses, and therapists from Copper Valley Home Health Care, you guys were always there and a blessing to Ricky and the family Ricky is survived by a sister Debbie Escalante of Tucson, AZ and her children Joey and Michele, as well as many cousins from Bisbee.                                

Celebration of Life

A memorial service will be held Saturday March, 5th 1:00-3:00 pm at Espinosa Funeral Home Chapel 1094 AZ-92 Bisbee, AZ to provide friends and family an opportunity to say goodbye.


Funeral services

Rosary March 2, 2022 7:00 p.m. at

Alex Espinosa Funeral Home

 1094 W. Highway 92 Bisbee, AZ 85603

Mass March 3, 2022 11:00 a.m. at

 Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

928 C Avenue, Douglas, AZ 85607

Burial to follow at Calvary Cemetery. 

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Jesus E. Castillo

Jesus E. Castillo a long-life resident of Douglas, Arizona passed away unexpectedly on February 22, 2022 at the age of 48. Jesus is survived by his parents, Benjamin S. Castillo and Graciela L. Castillo, his son Esteban D. Castillo, his brothers Benny Castillo (Irma), Alex Castillo (Erica), his sister Jessica Castillo (Robert), and 6 nieces and 2 nephews. Jesus was a very loving and caring person. He was always willing to lend a hand to whoever needed it. Jesus was kind and treated everyone like family. He was very talented, artistic, and was a jack of all trades. He was never afraid to tackle any obstacle, he always loved a challenge. He will be loved, missed, and remembered by many.


Peter Louis Metzler

Services will be held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church on Wednesday, February 23, 2022.  The Viewing will begin at 9:30 a.m., the Rosary at 10:00 am., followed by the Mass at 10:30 a.m. A celebration of life will take at the American Legion in Bisbee from noon to 4 p.m.  The burial will be held at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery on Fort Huachuca on March 1. Special thanks to Alex Espinosa Funeral Home for assisting in these services.  


Anastacio Salaiz

Anastacio Salaiz, (aka, Tachi/Andy), a Naco native passed away on January 29, 2022.  He was born in Bisbee, Arizona, on July 1, 1948, to Anastacio M. Salaiz Sr. of Naco, Arizona, and Celia Suarez Salaiz of Naco, Sonora. 

Anastacio was the second of four children. He was preceded in death by his parents and beloved sister Maria Ramona Salaiz Rodriguez. Surviving siblings, are Robert Salaiz (Mary Salaiz) and Oscar Salaiz (Carmen Salaiz).

He is survived by his wife of 55 years Bertha Gomez Salaiz and his five children, Javier Salaiz (Abby Salaiz), Ana Flores (Carlos Flores), Maria Flores (Mark Flores), Monica Solis (Alberto Solis) and Claudia Aguilera (John Aguilera).  Anastacio had twelve grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Anastacio graduated from Bisbee High School in 1967.  He worked for Phelps Dodge Mining Corporation for 17 years as an underground miner in Bisbee and Safford, Arizona.  He also served in the military for over 35 years. He was member of 8th & 40thArmor Unit and the 2222nd Transportation Company for which he was a mechanic technician and platoon sergeant, for the third platoon of Douglas, Arizona.  He served two overseas tours including Operation Desert Storm in 1990 to 1991 and Iraqi Freedom in 2003 to 2004.  Anastacio was also assigned to guard duty in Operation Jumpstart before retiring from the National Guard in July of 2008 as Sergeant First Class.  

He will be greatly missed.

A celebration of life

Rosary to be held February 7 at 6:00 pm at Espinosa Funeral Home located at 1094 Hwy 92, Bisbee, Az. A funeral mass will be held the following day, February 8, 2022, at 9:00 the Our Lady of the Mountain Catholic Church, located at 1425 E. Yaqui Street, Sierra Vista, Az. 85650

Burial will follow at 11:00 a.m. at the Southern Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery located at 1300 S. Buffalo Soldier Trail in Sierra Vista.  

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Ramon “Ray” M. Rabago Jr.

Ramon “Ray” M. Rabago Jr. was called home on January 14, 2022, with his daughter Diana by his side. Ray was born on August 27, 1926, in Douglas, Arizona to Ramon M. Rabago Sr. and Maria Asunción Novoa. Ray attended Douglas High School, where he graduated with honors in 1944. In high school, Ray was a star athlete and he lettered as a varsity athlete in football, baseball, basketball and in track & field. Ray was a World War II veteran who proudly served in the United States Army from November 16, 1944 through August 22, 1946, when he was honorably discharged. He served in the 100th Infantry, 3rd Battalion Division in Europe where he was promoted to Motor Pool Sergeant with 3rd Battalion Headquarter Group Infantry Regiment, and later served as Sergeant in charge of the motor pool for the Regular Headquarters for the 7th Infantry Regiment. He received the following decorations and awards: European-African Middle Eastern (ETO) Campaign Medal, Army of Occupation Medal, Victory Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal. He received two Overseas Service Bars. Ray was also decorated by the French military with a French Fourragère military rope braid for his unit’s successful efforts to get needed ammunition to the French army. He spoke fluent English and Spanish, and learned German while overseas. Upon returning home from the war, Ray helped establish the Douglas Veteran’s Club, a Hispanic veteran’s group with the mission to ensure equality for Hispanic citizens. Ray remained active supporting veterans’ issues his entire life, including helping military widows receive benefits. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Post 426, and of the American Legion in Douglas, Arizona, where he served as the Post Commander of the Fred Hilburn Post 11 in 1964-1965. Ray received many awards and recognitions for his dedicated efforts and was appointed the National Aide-de-Camp for the VFW by the National VFW Commander in 1965, and he was appointed as the statewide Arizona Deputy Chief-of-Staff for the VFW in 1966. In 2006, Ray was honored as the Grand Marshal of the Douglas Veteran’s Day Parade. Ray continued with sports after the war and played semi-professional baseball with the Douglas Internationals and he was even offered a baseball scholarship to play catcher for the University of Arizona but stayed in Douglas because he had married the love of his life, Amelia Estrada, in 1947. Together, they raised a family and spent their life in Douglas. Initially, Ray worked in construction and later owned his own plumbing business. In 1952, Ray became the first Mexican-American firefighter for the Douglas Fire Department where he served 34 years, first as an Engineer, then as Captain, and retired as the Assistant Fire Chief in 1986. During his years as a firefighter in Douglas, Ray was a certified arson investigator and he also served as the Chief Safety Officer for all of the departments of the City of Douglas since 1969. Governor Sam Goddard appointed Ray to the Governor’s Civil Defense Advisory Council in 1965. Governor Babbitt later appointed Ray as Assistant Deputy State Fire Marshal for the State of Arizona. Ray loved the outdoors and enjoyed fishing, camping, and hunting. He loved being at his parents’ farm in Elfrida. Ray was an avid reader of history and current events, and he loved sharing family roots. Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Ramon Rabago Sr. and Maria “Concha” Rabago; his infant son, John Jacob, his loving wife, Amelia E. Rabago, as well as his siblings, David Rabago, Edmundo “Charro” Rabago, and Maria Eulalia “Lali” Rabago-Olea. Ray is survived by his children Alvina (Paul) Pawlik, Diana Rabago Payne, Anthony (Anna) Rabago, Ernest (Teresa) Rabago, Robert (Mary) Rabago, and Vince Rabago. Also surviving Ray is his younger brother Richard Rabago, and Ray’s legacy of 20 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. Ray was a beloved son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather, who enjoyed being around all of his children, grandchildren, and greatgrandchildren. Ray was so very proud of everyone in his entire family. He will be dearly missed by his family, his friends, and the entire community.

Celebration of life

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 19, 2022, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church 928 C Ave, Douglas, AZ 85607, with a Rosary at 10:15 a.m., followed by a funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m.

A military burial will immediately follow at Calvary Cemetery 1413-1599 5th St, Douglas, AZ 85607


It is with great sadness to announce the passing of Ramon Rabago.

Services will be on Saturday, February 19, 2022 at Immaculate

Rosary at 10:15 am rosary followed by an 11:00 am mass officiated by Father Noriega


Matias Francisco Vasquez Rojas

On January 24, 2022, Matias Francisco Vasquez Rojas, Douglas’ Native Son, passed away peacefully in his sleep at Haven Health of Sierra Vista. He was born in Douglas, AZ on February 16, 1932, to Matias R. Rojas and Concepcion Vasquez, both of Douglas. He attended Douglas schools and joined the United States Air Force in 1951 through 1955, where he served during the Korean Conflict.

Matias was the fourth of eleven children. He was proceeded in death by his siblings Gregorio, Juan, Jose, Gilberto, Baby Jesus, and Baby Rita. His surviving siblings are Dionisia, Concha, Rosario, and Jenni.

He was also proceeded in death by his parents, Matias R. Rojas and Concepcion Vasquez and his daughter Stella Willett.

Matias married Frances Quen at the Justice of the Peace in Lordsburg, New Mexico in 1955, she died in 1992, he never remarried. They had six children together and raised them all in Bisbee.

His children are Stella Willett (who died on August 24, 2021, and lived in Derry, N.H. with her husband Dan), Sally Rojas of Sierra Vista, AZ, Jenny Chavez of Bisbee, AZ, (late husband David) Alfred Rojas of Bisbee, AZ (Ramona) Francine Powers of Tucson, AZ (Randy) and Albert Rojas of Douglas, AZ. He had several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Matias was a member of the Silent Generation and held his life to those standards of keeping his head down and working hard. He had many interesting careers and never missed one day of work in the process. He owned his own freight business, he worked for the Phelps Dodge Corporation as a dump-truck driver at the Lavender pit in Bisbee, until he worked his way down as a driller in the Bisbee copper mines at the Dallas Shaft. He also worked at the Douglas Smelter after the closure of the Bisbee mines.

Matias was a short and long-haul truck driver for various companies, including his father’s business called, Rojas and Sons Transfer in Douglas. He was a driver for the Chemical Transportation, Inc. (CTI) and held a CDL, Class A combo with Doubles/Triple/Hazmat endorsement. He was also a certified automotive mechanic through Universal Technical Institute (UTI). He was also a long-term volunteer at the Douglas Senior Center and was well-known in his community.

Mr. Rojas was a dedicated family man and during the time he was raising his children in Bisbee, he used every spare moment to create a good quality of life. He would work timeously on his home located up at the top of Tombstone Canyon Road, creating a two-track cement driveway on a steep mountainside of his property, planting rows of Irises and building an outside oven for his famous BBQ ribs. After his wife passed away and his children were grown, he moved back to his hometown of Douglas where he spent the rest of his life. In his retirement he became a silver jewelry maker and continued his love of working on cars and his life-long adoration for the WWE and any other professional wrestling federations that came and went over the years. His laugh was contagious, and his outgoing personality echoed with kindness and sincerity. He was a great father, tata, tio and brother and son. He will be greatly missed.

His favorite quote, “Do what makes you smile, be with who makes you smile, laugh as much as you breathe and love as long as you live.”

Celebration of Life

On February 11, 2022, a Rosary will be held at 10 a.m. and a funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church located at 100 Quality Hill Road in Bisbee.

The burial will be held at 2 p.m. at the Southern Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery located at 1300 S. Buffalo Soldier Trail in Sierra Vista.

On behalf of the family’s wishes there will be no live streaming or video recordings allowed during the services.

Flowers arrangements are from Care Flowers in Douglas, AZ



We are sad to announce the passing of our beloved wife, mother and daughter on December 23, 2021.

Rhonda was a life time resident of Cochise County.

Rhonda was born in Douglas Arizona on January 21, 1959 to Ronald Lee Walker and Clara “Walker” Bahschnitt.

Rhonda is survived by her husband of 45 years and high school sweetheart Joe Mauzy. Two sons Zach “Martha” Talon, her mother Clara Bahschnitt, sister Darlene “Ray” Weimer. Two grandsons Cameron, Carson and numerous cousins.

She was preceded in death by her father Ronald Lee Walker, Pops Herb Bahschnitt and granny (nana) Ruby Seale who taught school at Sara Marley in Douglas Arizona.

Growing up Rhonda was involved in 4-H and raising Horses, participated in Rodeo’s and competition for Rodeo Queen.

She loved spending time in the white mountains hunting and fishing.

Rhonda retired from Arizona public service where she loved her fellow workers and her customers in both Douglas and Bisbee.

A private memorial will be held in Rhonda’s honor at a future date in the new year. Details of which are forthcoming.


Rest in Peace our love, you’re in God’s hands now.

A Rosary and Mass will be held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, l00 Quality Hill Road in Bisbee AZ in Bisbee at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 20, 2022, with graveside services at Evergreen Cemetery. Funeral arrangements by Espinosa Funeral Home in Bisbee.


Cruz Silva Mungarro (94) went peacefully home on January 7, 2022 to join his loved ones in Heaven.  Cruz was born on May 7, 1927 to Maximiliano & Maria Jesus Mungarro in Bisbee, Arizona.  Cruz is survived by his sister, Alice Nickelson, and several nieces and nephews, including grand nieces, and nephews, and great grand nieces and nephews.  Cruz was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and two sisters.

Cruz retired from the US Postal Service as a Custodian after approximately 40 years in Bisbee.  Cruz will be fondly remembered for always smiling & his friendliness as he traveled around town to the three postal locations in Old Bisbee, Warren and San Jose.  Cruz also worked at Phelps Dodge Mercantile in his younger days.

The family would like to extend special thanks to the staff at New Beginnings Group Home in Sierra Vista for their special and loving care for the last 12 years of Cruz’s life.  They were his daily caring family and are very much appreciated.  We also wish to thank Valor Hospice for their care in his last days.  In addition, our thanks to the Cochise County Public Fiduciary’s Office for their many years of assisting Cruz with his affairs.

Cruz Silva Mungarro, 94


Cristy G Page

Cristy G. Page

Maria Cristina “Cristy” Gutierrez Page passed away peacefully in the early morning of Wednesday, January 12, 2022 in the comfort of her home - alongside her children. She was born in 1931 to Eduardo Gutierrez and Trinidad Quiroz in Mexico City. She later attended boarding school in Montreal, Canada while her father was stationed there serving as the Consulate General of Mexico.

She and her family returned to Mexico City in 1948 where she later met the late Alejandro Camou Espinosa, marrying him in 1950 for over 20 years. They had four children.

As a single mother she supported herself by becoming a cosmetologist. She was known for her generosity, kindness, loyalty and hard work ethic. She was a pioneer in her time; always being fashion forward and later on in life owning a clothing boutique.

Cristy married the late Curtis Page, and together they owned and operated Curtis Page & Son’s Funeral Home for nearly 30 years. “Ms. Page” as she was affectionately called by many in her community, was an entrepreneur, owning several businesses through her career. Later on in life she enjoyed working alongside her beloved son Alex, owner of Alex Espinosa Funeral Home.

In Ms. Page’s final retirement, she enjoyed traveling and working on the many hobbies that she kept up over the years such as crocheting blankets for family, friends and new born babies. She always stayed active by walking every day. She always attributed her good health to maintaining an exercise regimen. At age 80, she completed the Bisbee 1,000 “The Greatest Stair Climb.”

She was the kindest most loving person who withstood numerous hardships throughout her life, but always stayed resilient. She was always compassionate with the hundreds of grieving families she worked with over the years. Her love and commitment to her work was extraordinary. Cristy was a mother, grandmother, great grandmother and business women and gave back to the community she loved.

Cristy is preceded in death by her beloved daughter, M. Lizette Verdugo. She leaves behind daughters Cristy Munoz (Armando), Sylvia Martinez (Jesse) and son Alex Espinosa; as well as 9 loved grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild and many lifelong friends.

Our grief is eased only by knowing that she has been reunited with her beloved daughter Lizette and other loved ones, who preceded her in death.

On Thursday, January 20 viewing will be held from 2 – 7 p.m.

Rosary 7:00 P.M.  at Alex Espinosa Funeral Home – 1094 Hwy 92, Bisbee, Arizona.  Burial Mass will be held on what would have been her 91st birthday - Friday, January 21, 11:00 A.M. at St. Luke’s Catholic Church – 1211 E. 15th Street, Douglas, Arizona.

When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure – unknown.

Vaya con Dios, mi Mamá


Cristy Page

With great sadness we announce the loss of our beloved mother

Cristy Page.

In loving memory of Cristy Page,

we are sadden to announce her passing on 01-12-2022.

A life so beautifully lived deserves to be beautifully remembered.

Services will be held Thursday January 20th, 2:00-8:00 P.M.  at Alex Espinosa Funeral Home 1094 Hwy 92 Bisbee, Az. 85603

Mass will be held Friday, January 21st, 11:00 A.M.

at St. Luke’s Catholic Church

1211 E 15th St, Douglas, AZ 85607   

Peter Louis Metzler was born October 13, 1950 in Long Beach, California to Louis and Regina Metzler.  He graduated from Banning High School in Wilmington, California in 1968.  He entered the United States Air Force July 30, 1969 and served until July 29, 1973 during the Vietnam era.  He moved to Bisbee shortly after and married his former wife, Martha Palomino. Peter and Martha had two children, Julio and Dianna Metzler.

 He pursed a career in education and achieved an Associates of Science Degree from Cochise College in 1980 and a Bachelor of Arts in Education Degree from the University of Arizona in 1982.  

Peter taught at Naco School District from 1983 until 1990.  He loved teaching, and was a favorite among many of his students.  He inspired many lives, teaching math, music, and chess.    Peter was always quick with a joke and wanted nothing more than to leave a person laughing and knowing something new.  He was kind hearted and gentle.

Peter retired from teaching and enjoyed traveling.  He settled in Talihina, Oklahoma for many years where he made many long lasting friends.  He moved back to Bisbee in 2019 to be close to his daughter and grandchildren.  He enjoyed a quiet retirement at the Mountain View Gardens Retirement Home in Sierra Vista, where also made many wonder friends.  

Peter passed away on February 13, 2022 after battling complications from COVID 19 at Northwest Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona.  He is deeply mourned and missed as a beloved father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend.  

Peter is survived by his children Julio (Kebrina) Metzler and Dianna (Stephen) Bradshaw; and his five grandchildren Savannah, Brianna, Gabriel, Scarlett, and Stella; his brothers Philip, Aaron and  Paul (Karla); sister Kathy, and his cousin Gloria.  

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John’s going home celebration will be held

Friday January 14th, 2022.

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church  at 11:00 A.M. 928 C Ave, Douglas AZ.

Final resting place will be Calvary Cemetery 1413-1599 5th St. 85607. 


John Edward Reyes, 26

John Edward Reyes, 26 of Phoenix Arizona was called home to be with Our Lord and Savior on December 9th, 2021.

John was born in Hollister California, but spent his life in

Tucson and Phoenix Arizona. John was a one-of-a-kind young man who lived his life every day, thankful for each moment he was given. A son who is so deeply loved by his mother and best friend, and a baby brother spoiled with love by his two sisters.

John is a true example of living life to the fullest and enjoying each moment no matter where or with whom. He impacted many people’s lives in amazing ways.

We will miss you making us laugh on our best and worst days. He is dearly missed by his loved ones, who celebrate the fact he is at peace with his creator.

John is survived by his mother, Irma Romero; his father Juan Manuel Reyes; sisters Mabel Laprada (Danielle Hanney), Valerie Feller (Patrick Feller), grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and many family and friends.

John was greeted at The Gates of Heaven by his cousin Gino.

“It is what it is, but is what it shouldn’t be.”

Until we meet again John.

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Luis Armando Martinez

April 4, 1973 - May 26, 2021

Luis Armando Martinez gained his angel wings and was called home to be with our Lord on May 26, 2021. He was born in Douglas, Arizona on April 4, 1973 to Frank and Eva Martinez where he and his eight siblings grew up. He graduated from Douglas High School and worked for Arizona Pipeline Co. as a Coordinator until his death.


Luis is survived by his children; Mariana Christina Martinez, Julian Andres Martinez, CheyeAnne Diaz, Tyler Diaz, Luis Martinez Jr., Donovan Martinez, his grandchildren Ayden Martinez, Sophie Diaz, Sebastian Diaz and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

The youngest of eight, he is also survived by his two brothers Frank Martinez, Mario Martinez, and his four sisters Lupita Christoffersen, Stella Martinez, Celena Martinez, and Annie Iniguez. 

He is preceded in death by his parents Frank and Eva, his older brother Pete Martinez.


He was a loving brother, uncle, a great friend to many, but most importantly an amazing father. He was the light in everyone's life, known for his great humor and jokes, his loving lighthearted spirit, and his selfless ways. He was a gentle soul and always telling everyone, I Love You!

He will be utterly missed by those who were blessed to be part of his life. We are comforted knowing that he is at peace and reunited with Mom, Dad, and our Brother.  


Always Remembered and Forever Loved


Frank Martinez, Mario Martinez, Julian Martinez, Tyler Diaz, Luis Martinez, Donovan Martinez, Guillermo Robles

Honorary Pallbearer:

Pete Martinez

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David C Morales

David C Morales


1938 – 2021


   David C Morales was granted his angel wings on Saturday January 23, 2021 at the age of 82, while surrounded by his family.  He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to all.

     Dave was born on March 8, 1938 in Jerome, Arizona to Miguel Morales and Martha Contreras Morales.  He grew up in the small mining town and attended Jerome Elementary and Middle School. Though Dave grew up poor, he was raised in a home filled with love, laughter, support and had the best parents any child could ask for.  His father was loving, but firm.  He always encouraged the children to do their best and to strive for greatness.  He wanted his children to succeed in life and to have a better future.  He often motivated them by saying, “Don’t expect people to give you a break. Make your own breaks, through education.  No seconds, it is not good enough.”  His father’s words were inspiring to Dave and that inspiration never left him.

     When the mining operations in Jerome shut down in 1952 the family moved to Bisbee, Arizona where his father could continue to support his family.  Dave was a teenager by this time and attended Bisbee High School.  His siblings describe Dave as kind, respectful, a peacemaker, with a compassionate nature and “a great brother.”

     Just before Dave started his senior year of high school, he had to put his education on hold.  He became a father at the tender age of 17 and deemed the obligation to start earning an income for his young family.  He found employment as a bagger at the local El Rancho Market.  With no car he had to find rides or walk to get to work.  When he turned 18, he went to work for Phelps Dodge Corporation as a miner for better wages.  During the second week into his job, Dave was involved in one of Bisbee’s largest mining cave-ins that almost ended his life.  He told the story just a few weeks prior to his death, “I recall my partner and I were assigned to dig a new stope. My partner left to get us water, leaving me alone in the dark cave.  My only light source was from my miner’s helmet.  I remember hearing pebbles starting to fall, then timber beginning to crack.  I tried to get out as fast as I could, but a heavy beam fell on my legs trapping me.  The way out had caved in.  I laid there for 8 hours in what felt like a tomb of certain death.  Against the bosses wishes two miners dug their way to free me. This was a life changing event, and it was then he became closer to God, finding his spirituality and attend church more often.  Knowing he had to better himself, he obtained his GED and attended Cochise College to get his Associates Degree.  During the miners’ strike in late 1960’s ended his career as a miner.  His personal and family life also changed which led him into a new direction.

     Dave moved to California to work for Smith Tool Company for a few years, but soon returned to Bisbee to raise his two young sons.  He was soon hired as a Police Officer for the Bisbee Police Department in 1970. He worked hard and rose to the rank of Sergeant of Detectives.  At the same time, he became an instructor for the Criminal Justice Program at Cochise College for 3 years.  He loved his job and developed lifelong friendships with many of the other officers.

     During his years as a Police Officer, he met the woman who would change his life forever, Barbara Plummer Gregory. It didn’t take long for them to fall in love and it was a love that has lasted for 48 years.  Barbara recalls it was his kindness that she noticed first and as time went on, it was his loving nature.  She said he never saw the bad in anyone.  He always saw the good.  They were married on July 29, 1972.  Between them they became the parents to five little boys.  For Dave it was a blessing and from the beginning felt all the boys were his sons and raised them as his own.

     Dave and Barbara soon realized raising five sons was expensive and knew they had to seek other means of income.  They had the opportunity to purchase the iconic “Pizza House” in 1978.  The Pizza House soon became a favorite hot spot for many of the families and teenagers of Bisbee.  When you walked into the Pizza House Dave welcomed you with a big smile and a warm hello. He could always be heard singing and whistling as he cooked.  Such a great memory for all of us!  The business thrived for 15 years.  Everyone knew who Dave Morales was and they loved him.

     Dave was happy with life and even started writing a book.  But he dreamed of bigger things.  The words of his father were still strong on his mind and he knew he needed to continue his education. He made the hard decision to sell his business and go back to school.  He started work as a Surveillance Officer with Cochise County Adult Probation during the day and drove to Tucson to attend Park College at night.  He didn’t stop there. Dave went on to attend Chapman University taking classes online and again driving back and forth to Tucson.  He graduated with  his Master’s Degree in Family Counseling at the age of 60.

     Dave was full of energy and still had the ambition to continue striving for the stars.  He decided to follow another one of his interests, law.  He felt his experience and education was preparing him for and even bigger challenge, running for Justice of the Peace.  Some people tried to discourage him because they didn’t think he could beat the current Judge, at the time, who had been holding the seat for 14 years.  However, with the encouragement of his friends and family he ran.  He won!  Which was not surprising, because remember he was already a beloved pillar of the community. The Honorable David C Morales served as Justice of the Peace for Precinct #1 in Bisbee, Arizona for 16 years.  He also served as Bisbee City Magistrate and Tombstone City Magistrate for a number of years. He retired from the bench in 2014.

     Retirement gave him more time to engage in his biggest interest, writing.  His aspiration was to become an accomplished novelist and so he began writing his second book.  Of course, he was not just sitting at home writing, he had acquired a part time job as a tour guide with the Copper Queen Mine Tour in Bisbee.  Dave found it fun to share his stories with the tourists.  But was awestricken that his life seemed to make a full circle.  His memories took him back to mines of yesteryears.  To a time where his dreams started, and his life changed.  The job he enjoyed was put on hold when the Covid-19 pandemic started.  He was now at home spending more time with Barbara.  The two grew closer than ever before, as only two people in love can. Forty-eight years of marriage and still you can love someone even more that yesterday.  Dave finished his book just days before his death.  The words he wrote down now complete the story of his life.  A life well lived.

     David C Morales is proceeded in death by his father Miguel Garcia Morales, his mother Martha Contreras Morales and his brother Gilbert Morales.

     He is survived by his loving wife Barbara Morales; his sister Rosemary (Edmundo) Hirales of Bisbee, his brother Bill (Veronica) Morales of Cerritos, California; sister-in-law Belia Morales of Goodyear; sons Frank (Bertha) Morales of Tucson, Michael Steve (Bing) Morales of Douglas, Render (Stephanie) Gregory and Richard (Julie) Morales of Bisbee; brother-in-law Gary (Susan) Plummer of Cave Creek.  He is also survived by 12 Grandchildren and 4 Great Grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

     In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to be made in Dave’s honor to The National Kidney Foundation of Arizona.

     Due of COVID 19 funeral service’s to be held at a later date.




“My life read like a story book from my first breath, to my last.

My soul was so full my cup runneth over on to the pages of my life, creating a beautiful journey.

I laughed, I cried and best of all, I loved.

I was graced to see the light in another’s eyes and gave my time to better other lives.

The one who stole my heart still keeps it for her.

My sons, I am more than proud.

I see the tears from the ones I love but I cannot cry.

I can only smile.

For my life mattered….

Because of you.”


Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at St. Patrick Catholic Church 100 Quality Hill, Bisbee, Arizona, 85603. Viewing will be at 8:30 a.m.; Rosary at 9:00 a.m.; and Mass at 9:30 a.m. Interment will follow at 10:30 a.m. at the Bisbee-Lowell Evergreen Cemetery. Due to COVID-19 restrictions and limitations, only family and invited guests may attend the church services. However, Mass will be livestreamed on Facebook

and recorded and uploaded for later viewing on YouTube at the following link: Outside seating will also be available on a first come, first served basis on the church’s shaded westside. Internment at Evergreen will be open to all provided everyone wears protective face covering. Also, due to COVID-19 rules and restrictions, it will not be possible to have a reception to honor Mom at this time.


Dolores "Lola" Chavarria Valle, 90

Dolores, a 36-year resident of Hereford, Arizona died of natural causes on September 30, 2020. Mom was surrounded by her loving family and her special care giver Guadalupe. She was born in Nacozari, Sonora, Mexico on October 3, 1929 to Regino Chavarria and Emilia Lopez Chavarria. Shortly after her birth, her mother moved the family to Naco, Sonora, Mexico where she and her four sisters grew up. As children, Mom met Dad, Daniel (Mono) Valle, and he later became the love of her life. They married in 1948, thus spending the next 66 years together until Dad died on October 5, 2014. Mom was an exceptional mother and wife and dedicated her entire life to raising her family. She was also Dad’s caretaker in his later years. She was very proud of her three sons and their families including her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, mother, and four sisters Amelia Flores, Francisca Olmedo, Rosa Guillen, and Carmen Lopez. She is survived by her sons Daniel “Dan” (Olga) Valle , Deacon Jose Valle, and Luis “Lou” Valle, seven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. The Valle Family plans to have a reception at a late date, once COVID-19 rules and restrictions are lifted. We would like to thank Dr. Monica Vandervort, Care Givers Guadalupe, Mara, Angelica, Victoria, Eva, and our brother Deacon Jose who cared for Mom until the time of her death. The Valle Family would like to extend special thanks to Father Joseph Saba, Deacon Tony Underwood and the Clergy of St. Patrick Church for services at the church. Also, Evelyn Valdez, Lutheran Services, cousins from Tucson, Lucy, Rosa, Delia, Carmen, Lupe and Norma who were always there to help, cook and make Mom feel special. Arrangements are by Espinosa Bisbee Funeral Home.

Biograph of Seamen Storekeeper, Rene Victor Gonzalez

United States Navy


Date of Birth: 19 APR 1945

Date of Death: 02 OCT 2020

Military Service:

● USNR: 23 JUN 1964 to 05 NOV 1970

● ADSD: 20 JUN 1966

● EAOS: 15 JUN 1968


● E-3/SN Storekeeper

Service Award Medals/Ribbons:

● National Defense Service Medal

● Vietnam Service Medal with One Bronze Star

Career History:

● Recruit Training Command (RTC), San Diego, CA

● USS CREE (ATF-84), Naval Base San Diego, CA

Personal Awards:

● “Best Teacher Award” in 2003 from Arizona Department of Education (ADE) in 2003

Personal outreach programs:

● Immigration Services Sponsorship Program from 1982 to 2003- Rene devoted his spare time in sponsoring Latino families in filling out immigration documents for their children to obtain education and attend school in Douglas Az.


Rene Victor Gonzalez passed away on 02 October 2020 in Tucson, Arizona. Rene was born on 19 April 1945 to Oscar and Bertha Gonzalez and was raised in Douglas, Arizona. He enlisted in the United States Navy Reserves on 23 June 1964 and subsequently, he received orders to report to Active Duty on 20 June 1966 until his Honorable discharge on 15 June 1968 and continued his Navy service in the reserves until 05 November 1970.

He entered the Navy at the paygrade of E1. He successfully completed Recruit Training at Recruit Training Command (RTC) San Diego and reported to USS CREE (ATF-84) at Naval Base San Diego, CA as Deck Seaman, later assigned to Supply Department as Storekeeper. He was promoted to E-2 and E-3 onboard the USS CREE (ATF-84).

During his first deployment, he participated in the Vietnam War. Rene proudly served his tour onboard USS CREE (ATF-84), where he deployed to the coast of Vietnam as was part of the "Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club" (the US 7th Fleet) with missions including (but not limited to) chasing trawlers and towing floating barracks across the Pacific.

During the Vietnam War, SKSN Rene V. Gonzales served off the coast of Vietnam and the entire crew was exposed to and later he became a causality of Agent Orange that led to the declining of his health that included becoming a victim of Cancer. As a result of this Agent Orange exposure, he was awarded 100% disability from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Storekeeper Seaman (SKSN) Gonzalez was 1 of 85 Officers and Enlisted Sailors assigned onboard USS CREE (ATF-84), where he qualified in various ships’ essential jobs and positions that played a significant role in the award and decorations that included the National Defense Service Medal and Vietnam Service Medal with One Bronze Star.

Upon separating from the Navy, Rene returned to Douglas where he was active in the community that he loved. Rene served in Douglas Police Department as a Reserve Police Officer for 7 years. During his assignment as a Police Officer, he mentored and guided countless members of the community, resulting in his personal achievement of becoming a teacher.

Rene attended Cochise Community College and earned his Associates in Arts Degree on 17 May 1973, he then attended Adams State College where he earned and received his Bachelor of Arts Degree on 08 August 1975.

As English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher, with Douglas Unified School District, he was employed in Middle and High School, providing meticulous English language learning abilities to local students. Subsequently, he volunteered to be an ESL Teacher in the evenings, providing local members of the community with the fundamentals of the English language by helping and encouraging students to master English for those seeking United States Citizenship or for those seeking to increase their proficiency. He proudly performed these duties without hesitation and with the professionalism he was well known for. Rene will always be known for his love of life, music, food, family, community and for his deep love and devotion to his country and fellow veterans.

As a High School Teacher, he became mentor to countless youth Latinos, he was well known in the community as the greatest teacher of all times, because his devotion to helping others without seeking recognition. Rene was a very committed High School Teacher; he was

passionate about educating high school students with engaging lessons, he was dedicated and motivated to encourage student growth through carefully monitored academic progress. He held his students accountable and made sure each and every single student was successful in his or her professional and personal life.

Rene V. Gonzalez went above and beyond the call of duty; he served in the United States Navy, Law Enforcement Reserve Officer, High School- English Second Language (ESL) Teacher, and very well recognized within the City of Douglas Community as a true leader. His Servant Leadership was instrumental in the strong desire to make a difference in the lives of so many people in the community. In addition, he received the “Best Teacher” award in 2003. Finally, Rene retired from Douglas Unified School District at the end of the school year in 2000. Rene is survived by his wife, Cecilia Gonzales, Sons (Steven, Danny, Alex and Omar) and Daughters (Heather, Vicki) Gonzales to include 4 grandchildren.

Viewing: Friday, October 9, 2020

8:00am ~St. Patrick Church, Bisbee

Rosary: Friday, October 9, 2020

8:30am ~St. Patrick Church, Bisbee

Mass: Friday, October 9, 2020

9:00am ~St. Patrick Church, Bisbee

Burial: Calvary Cemetery ---- Douglas


Do to COVID: 19 restrictions and limitations, only family and invited guest may attend

Mass will be livestreamed on Facebook

A recording will be uploaded for later viewing on our YouTube channel at

Rene Victor Gonzalez

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