Verdugo, John Roy
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passed away on June 2, 2013. John Roy was born on April 1, 1950 in Phoenix, Arizona to Quirina (Katie) Herrera Verdugo and Armin Duran Verdugo and had a sister, Diana L. Verdugo and brother, Armin David Verdugo. He had many relatives and also enjoyed a distinguished work life as a City Planner for Phoenix, Glendale, and Maricopa County. He attended Maryvale High School where he excelled in Math and Arizona State University where he received his Bachelor's degree in Architecture and later became a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. He followed their code of ethics and professional standards throughout his career. John Roy began his professional career as an architect as an urban intern and quickly worked his way up to Principal Planner in Phoenix. He later worked as a Planner in Glendale and for Maricopa County. His duties and responsibilities included but were not limited hillside reviews, redevelopment, neighborhood planning, zoning, subdivisions and conducting administrative hearings for the general public. His adventurous spirit took him to Tahiti, Bora Bora, and Morea where he studied the cultures and art. At Belize, he studied, admired and hiked to glyphs and monuments. Within the United States, he visited Chicago, New York, Boston, New Orleans, Los Angeles, and San Francisco which allowed him to enjoy his visits while at the same time studying skylines, buildings and meeting with planning departments. John Roy enjoyed riding the Colorado River Rapids, hiking in the Superstition Mountains and as a result survived rigorous hiking training and received "The New Warrior" certificate. He also enjoyed exploring the Arizona countryside including the ruins of Tuzigoot and Montezuma Castle. He was also generous to family and friends and the community. He was known for being considerate of his fellow workers to those with whom he interacted. He donated to the Orpheum Theater, various community organizations, and enjoyed volunteer work with the Fiesta Bowl parade constructing floats. John Roy had a wonderful sense of humor and it was not unusual for him to be the life of the party. He was a great cook and was known for his chili and corn tamales. His barbecues were legendary and desserts wonderful. His parents were from Jerome and Clarkdale, Arizona where he and his brother and sister spent many holidays and summers at Oak Creek Canyon, Cottonwood, Prescott and Camp Verde. He and his siblings enjoyed exploring caves and creeks, and trout fishing. He hunted deer and elk with his Dad and Uncles and collected wild fruit and vegetables to roast over campfires. He loved his pets including several fresh water aquariums where his fish thrived but most of all he loved his little black cat Be Be and Chachita, a very spoiled Yorskshire Terrier. There were other dogs, cats and birds that also brought joy to his life. John Roy was predeceased by his Father, Mother and Brother with whom he is now united in everlasting happiness, and with many other relatives and friends who were with him in life and with whom he is now celebrating his homecoming. He was a "Man for all Seasons" who could fit in anywhere. Que descanse en paz. Services will be held June 14 with a Rosary at 9:30 AM at St. Helen's Church, 5510 W. Cholla, Glendale, AZ and a Funeral Mass to follow at 10 AM. A private Inurnment for family to follow.
Published in The Arizona Republic from June 12 to June 13, 2013