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77, of Surprise, AZ, passed peacefully in his home surrounded by his family on February 21, 2013. Born April, 28, 1935 in San Marcos, TX to Fidel Perez and Candelaria Tanguma, he married Gloria Longoria on November 17, 1958. Felipe and his sons owned The Sprinkler Guys Sprinkler Installation & Repair business for over 15 years. He was a loving and affectionate husband, daddy, and "Tata". A man of wisdom, jovial humor, and a cheerful spirit he will be greatly missed by his large family. He is preceded in death by his son John Perez, sister Dora Laureles, and great-granddaughter Dani Adele Perez. He is survived by his wife, Gloria, six children; Ruby (Edward) Arias, Allie (Joe) Armas, Phillip (Frances) Perez, Cecilio (Renee) Perez, Marlyn (Scott) Perez, and Yvonne (Eric) Hernandez. He is also survived by his siblings Fidel (Gloria) Perez, Angelita (Sam) Basco, Frank Laureles, Rosa (Frank) Lopez, Julia Thomas, Susie Gill, and Jose Angel (Lily) Saenz. He had 22 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held Friday, March 1, 2013 from 5:00-6:00pm followed by Memorial Services at 6:00pm at Kingdom in the Valley Community Church, 15002 N. 25th Dr, Phoenix, 85023. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 10:00am at Radiant Church,15522 W. Paradise Ln, Surprise, with interment immediately following at Resthaven Park Cemetery 6450 W. Northern Ave, Glendale. Arrangements entrusted to Palm Funeral Home, 10761 Grand Ave, Sun City, 85351.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Feb. 27, 2013