Juan R. "Sotero" Valenzuela Our father was born April 22, 1934, he left August 31, 2013 to join our mother, Mariana who passed August 28, 1998. He fought and overcame many medical obstacles, he will always be remembered as a fighter, one who always spoke his mind and who loved to tell stories of his younger days. He enjoyed having family and friends around. We will miss him dearly and will always remember the countless family get-togethers and his only request was "tráeme los Mariachis". And for you dad, just to know you will smile, we will bring los Mariachis, one last time. Preceded in death by his wife, Mariana; parents, Bonifacio and Josefa; sons, Nicolas and Christopher. Survived by his brother, Bonifacio; sister, Matilde; sister-in-law, Herminia and brother-in-law, Robert (Irma) and children, Martha, David, Elizabeth (John), Carmen (David), Leilani, Cassandra, Angelique, Virginia, Ricky (Diana) and Rima; grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Also survived by nieces, nephews, cousins, Godchildren and friends. An all night traditional Vigil will be held on Friday, September 6, 2013 at his residence beginning at 5:00 p.m., with a Rosary recited at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass 7:00 a.m. the next day at Cristo Rey Church with burial to follow at Monte Calvario Cemetery. Arrangements by HEATHER MORTUARY.
Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Sept. 5, 2013