Villarreal, John Robert "Johnny V"
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Villarreal, John Robert of Tempe passed away Sunday, October, 14, 2012. He was born in Santa Clara, California on February 20, 1969. He moved with his family to Tempe, Arizona in 1973 where he attended Tempe schools and graduated from Marcos de Niza High School in 1987. He later graduated with a degree in Communications from Arizona State University. John was an avid sports fan and from an early age, loved talking and following national as well as local sports. Known as "Johnny V" locally, he worked as an independent reporter and for a period was employed at radio station KTAR covering the local sports teams. He is survived by his parents, Rudy and Mary Ellen Villarreal of Tempe, daughter, Jordan Villarreal, grandmother, Jessie Salgado, brothers, Steve (Anna) and Paul (Demi) Villarreal, sister, Lynn (Martin) Magat and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Visitation will be held at Tempe Mortuary, 405 E. Southern Ave, Tempe, from 5 to 7 pm, Sunday, October 21, 2012. Funeral Mass will be held at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1800 E. Libra Dr, Tempe, at 10 am, Monday, October 22.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Oct. 20, 2012