Leo Sotomayor Carrillo On May 29, 2013, Leo Sotomayor Carrillo passed away at St. Joseph's hospital, listening in his final hours to the mariachi music he loved throughout his life. Leo was 86. Born on March 16, 1927, Mr. Carrillo was the son of Federico Chavez Carrillo and Guadalupe Sotomayor. He was born and raised in Barrio Anita. Mr. Carrillo attended Davis Elementary School, Roskruge Middle School and Tucson High School and was an avid baseball player from an early age. He was the bat boy for the Oury Park Tigers, and played first base for Arizona Flowermills. For most of his career, he worked for Tucson District 1 (later Tucson Unified School District) in the custodial and facilities department. Mr. Carrillo supervised the painting of schools throughout the district. In the Army, Mr. Carrillo served in the Corps of Engineers, setting up military bases in Corpus Christi, Texas, Fort Bliss, Texas, Camp Polk, Louisiana and other locations. On December 24, 1950 he married Emma Dominguez Meza. Upon discharge from the service in 1952, Mr. Carrillo returned to his work with the school district and for Tucson Fruit (later Cox Produce), where he painted "La Emma" lovingly on the side of his truck. He retired in 1989. But perhaps what Mr. Carrillo is most remembered for is his dedication to his sons, Randy and Steve's musical pursuits, beginning with the Mariachi Los Changuitos Feos in the 1960s all the way through their founding of Mariachi Cobre and beyond. Mr. Carrillo tirelessly volunteered to chaperone and chauffer the boys of Los Changuitos Feos to a variety of gigs around Arizona, and New Mexico, and with his wife, Emma, and other Changuito parents, was instrumental to the group's success. Mr. Carrillo could often be seen at the Tucson International Mariachi Conference savoring the music whether his sons played or not, and was beaming in Boston's Symphony Hall when Mariachi Cobre made its triumphant debut with the Boston Pops. He loved all of Mexican music, but especially the mariachi. Leo is survived by wife, Emma; son, Randy (Nancy); son, Stephen (Melanie) all of Orlando, FL, five grandchildren, Jennifer and Gregory of Nashville, TN, Stephanie and Emily of Orlando, FL and Celina of San Jose, CA; his fraternal twin, Tillie Gallardo; as well as brothers, Monsignor Arsenio Carrillo, Genaro (Gene), Tony and is predeceased by brother, Frank (Lico), all of Tucson. A Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Augustine Cathedral, 192 S. Stone Ave. Arrangements by CARRILLO'S TUCSON MORTUARY.
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Published in the Arizona Daily Star on June 2, 2013