Tito CARRILLO

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CARRILLO, Tito 10/11/1936 - 4/23/2016 The End of the Trail At 79, Tito reached The End of the Trail and what a trail he blazed - whether it was sipping Tesguino with the Tarahumaras of the great Sierra Madres or cruising through old Barrio Convento in La Tortuga van. Tito's great spirit has ascended to Heaven. Born and raised in Tucson as a self professed Barrio Boy, he was proud to say that he was born at the Stork's Nest. His legacy began with Cactus Cleaners delivering the clothes of the working class and making friends of every ethnicity. This inspired him to become an advocate for those without a voice. Whether it was as a case manager for Project PPEP helping the cotton pickers in Rillito, AZ or with Comite de La Fe and the Yaquis of Barrio Libre, he found his calling by helping others. His legacy was fulfilled through his dedication and compassion for empowering the people and the art of Mata Ortiz. He pioneered a movement east and west of the Mississippi from Belfast, Maine to Seattle, Washington; he introduced this pottery as the best in the world. His legacy as a pochteca (traditional trader) and public servant will long live. Lastly, to the families of Casa Molina on East Speedway, he became a surrogate uncle, father, mentor and friend. May his spirit of giving and compassion live in the lives of the people he touched. He is survived by his wonderful and supportive angel, Elma B. Carrillo; children, Veronica Carrillo Cazares, Tito Carrillo Jr., Pablo Carrillo, Cecilia Robles, Jorge Velasco and María Velasco; brothers, Ralph Carrillo, Roberto Carrillo, Henry Carrillo; sisters, Rita Leon (Joseph and Brianna Leon) and Lupita Molina; grandkids, nieces, nephews, cousins, uncles and the Casa Molina Staff and Patrons. Preceded in death by parents, Emilio and Eloisa Carrillo; sister, Bonnie Carrillo; brother, Ronnie Carrillo and daughter, Paty Velasco. Tito, aka White Buffalo, Turk, Big T, El Rey, Don Tito, and Dad, will be greatly missed but never forgotten. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. with Rosary recited at 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. at CARRILLO'S TUCSON MORTUARY (South Chapel), 240 S. Stone Ave., Mass will be offered immediately following at St. Augustine Cathedral at 10:30 a.m. Reception will follow at Las Casitas de Los Moya, 5655 S. White Rock Ave., Tucson, AZ 85706.


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Carrillo's Tucson Mortuary - Tucson
204 S. Stone Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701
520-622-7429
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Published in the Arizona Daily Star from Apr. 28 to May 1, 2016