Marcos Mendibles Ronquillo age 84, of Dallas, Texas passed away on September 30, 2012. He was born on May 11, 1928 in Tucson, Arizona. Preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Gloria Gutierrez Ronquillo; parents, Marcos and Micaela Ronquillo and one sister, Terry Reyna. Survived by sons, Marcos G. Ronquillo (Yazmin), Rene A. Ronquillo and grandchildren, Marcos Javier, Adrian Luis, Renee Alexis, Alyson Marie and Jason Rene; sisters, Dora Ramos and Delores Leon. Prior to graduation from Tucson Senior High School, he enlisted in the United States Navy in the summer of 1945 and was assigned to the Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan. He was recalled to active naval service in July 1950 and participated in the Korean War Conflict aboard ship and with a unit ashore. He returned and was assigned to the U.S. Naval and Marine Corps Reserve Training Center in Tucson, Arizona where he served as a recruiter and instructor. Following the completion of his training, he was assigned to the S-2 Section, United States Marine Barracks in Guantanamo Bay Cuba as an Agent with the Office of Naval Intelligence and provided combat intelligence support during the Cuban Missile Crisis. After 20 years of active naval service he was hired by the Naval Administrative Services Command as a Research Analyst and later as a Naval Intelligence Officer assigned to Naval Field Operations Support Group in Arlington, Virginia and San Juan Puerto Rico as the Field Office Manager. After his military career, he worked for the Arizona Department of Corrections, Fort Grant, Arizona and Illinois Department of Corrections while attending Aurora College. In 1981 he was recruited as an Intelligence Operations Specialist by the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command and was assigned to the Canal Zone, Panama. He received numerous commendations in the discharge of his duties while serving his country. In the early 1980's he and his wife, Gloria returned to Dallas, Texas to be around their sons and grandchildren. He received his BA in Criminal Justice from Dallas Baptist University in 1988. In later years, he remained active with the First Marine Division Association and the activities of his grandchildren. He was an avid reader of books, magazines and newspapers. The photography skills he learned as a Naval Intelligence Officer became a life-long hobby as he loved to take pictures and capture the moment. He took pictures of football and baseball games, wrestling matches, high school and college graduations and numerous family events. He never went anywhere without his camera. Visitation is from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. with Rosary recited at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at CARRILLO'S TUCSON MORTUARY (South Chapel) 240 S. Stone Avenue. Mass will be held Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Santa Cruz Church, 1220 South 6th Avenue. Interment to follow at Holy Hope Cemetery. Family and friends may express their condolences by visiting www.carrillostucsonmortuary.com
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Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Oct. 7, 2012