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Dr. J. O. "Rocky" Maynes Jr.

Maynes, Dr. J.O. "Rocky" Jr.
passed on Ash Wednesday, February 13 at the age of 83 at his home in Glendale. Rocky was preceded in death by his beloved brother, James Robert Maynes, his mother Raynalda Salcido Maynes, his father Jesus Oscar Maynes Sr., and his compadre Alfonso Munoz. Rocky moved to Arizona as a child after being born in El Paso, Texas. He attended Douglas High School where he broke his arm in the basketball gym. He then attended Arizona State College (now ASU) where he was the "Yell Leader" on the Cheerleading Squad and a member of the Delta Chi Fraternity. The proud Sun Devil earned four degrees from ASU including his Ph.D. in Linguistics and Modern Languages. It is there where he met his wife, Beki. As the children came, and came and came (five sons and five daughters), Rocky's teaching career took him from Buckeye and Glendale High Schools, to Phoenix College, to Luke Air Force Base, to University of Nevada, Reno and San Jose State College. He was also a Fulbright Fellow to study at the University of Columbia in South America. Initiating the first language lab on the high school level in Arizona was just the beginning of a life dedicated to education. Rocky was The Director of Migrant Child Education for the State of Arizona when he retired in 1990. He was often recognized for his contributions in the field of education. Phoenix's Valle Del Sol "Profiles of Success" initiative presented Rocky with their Exemplary Leadership award and crowned him as "A Champion of Migrant Child Education." Rocky was one of the "founding fathers" of the Migrant Education Program and hosted the program's first national meeting at his home. This gathering evolved into the annual National Migrant Education Conference. "Doc Rock" was one of the founders of the National Migrant Student Record Transfer System. Rocky served as Arizona's State Bilingual Director, State Foreign Language Supervisor and Deputy Associate Superintendent. Rocky enjoyed publishing books that celebrated Hispanic culture through song and story. Cancionero Alegre and Cancionero Lindo were songbooks he loved to share with others. After developing personal relationships with those he admired, he co-authored a series of readers titled Hispanic Heroes of the USA and Actualidad Hispanica, a high school/college text book. Rocky's values on the importance of a good education helped shape the lives of their children, a passion he maintained his entire life. Any conversation with "Pop" probably included a lesson he was sharing with you. He loved to read Spanish literature, philosophy and World History. Rocky lived his life with reverence for God, family and country. He balanced these values not by words, but by example. Rocky believed charity was an obligation as was shown by his dozens of charitable contributions every month. Some of his favorite's were giving to Veteran's causes, Medical research and all that Catholic Charities encompass. Rocky made sure family was provided for first, and was never absent with that commitment. In" retirement" Rocky was inducted into Arizona State University's College of Education Hall of fame and the Arizona Rural Schools Association Hall of Fame not only for his work in Arizona, but his contributions nationally. Rocky served as Board Director of the National Association for Migrant Education, was President of the homeowners association for their summer home, was an active member of the Glendale Historical Society and Knights of Columbus among others. He was a long-time Phoenix Suns season ticket holder and enjoyed summers with kin at their cabin up in Heber and hosting large family gatherings. Rocky was an extremely social person and loved conversation, which always turned toward his ten children. They were his biggest source of pride. Estamos muy orgullosos de ti Poppy. Extranaremos tu grande fuerza de voluntad, tu Corazon inmenso y guia como jefe de nuestra familia. Te queremos mucho. We are proud of you Poppy. We will miss your strong will, big heart, and leadership as head of our family. We love you. Rocky is lovingly remembered by his wife of 61 years Mrs. Beki Sigworth-Maynes, his brother by spirit Cousin Louie Gomez, his nephew George Sigworth and his ten children: Jay Maynes (Rose), Robin Maynes (Perla), Christopher Maynes (Annette), Gina Maynes-Murren (Dennis), Bridget Maynes-Mendoza (Auggie), Fritz Maynes (Missy), Vito Maynes (Melody), Ingrid Maynes-Robinett (Jim), Claudia Maynes-Burkland (Bob), and Kristin Maynes-Dale. "Poppy" and "Amma" also have 30 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held at Chapel of the Chimes Mortuary located at 7924 North 59th Avenue Glendale, AZ on Wednesday February 20 from 5-7pm. The funeral services will be held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church located at 5614 West Orangewood Avenue on February 21 at 10am followed by the funeral procession.

Published in The Arizona Republic on Feb. 17, 2013
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