Wilfred "Sonny" Peña
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Wilfred "Sonny" Peña

Peoria - Wilfred "Sonny" Gomez Peña, 85 years young, of Peoria, Arizona, entered eternal life peacefully on April 27, 2021. Sonny, as he was affectionately known, was born October 28, 1935 to Manuel and Elvira Peña. Sonny attended Eastern Arizona Junior College, Northern Arizona University and the University of New Mexico, earning a Master's Degree in Education. He began as an educator in Bagdad, Arizona, later pursuing advanced opportunities at Carl Hayden High School and Tolleson High School. He loved his wife, family and basketball. He was an avid supporter of Notre Dame Football, authored The Mighty Vandals and "Just Due" A Town Divided. He is preceded in death by his parents, sisters Annie and Virginia. Brothers Manuel "Lito" and Danny. He is survived by the love of his life Rosie of 61 years; brother Ray, sons Joseph (Carrie), John-John (Becky), Gary, and Marc. Daughters, Cathy (Mario), Terri Lynn (Edward), and Fredi (Ernest). Tati leaves behind 21 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. He was the patriarch of our family and essential fiber of our lives. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and servant of God. Tati will forever be missed, always loved and never forgotten. Dios te bendiga para siempre. Descanse en paz mi Amor, Padre y Tati. You're free to soar with the jets now and safeguard our freedoms. "I love you, Love You More."




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Published in The Arizona Republic from May 3 to May 4, 2021.
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May 8, 2021
Mr. Pena was my Bagdad High School history teacher and one of my favorite teachers. He made history interesting and always looked so professional. I remember asking him why he always "dressed up" to come to school and he said because it is a special day as I get to see my students. That motivated me to do the same when I taught school for 35 years. Mr. Pena was one of the "Good Guys". He will be missed and remembered by so many former students.
Sarah Crook-Cromer
Student
May 7, 2021
God bless your soul Mr. Pena rest in heavenly peace. You will never be forgotten just loved and missed for eternity.
My sincere condolences to his family.
Truly sorry for your loss.
Ronnie
Friend
May 7, 2021
a true LOVE story ♥
Terrilynn
Daughter
May 7, 2021
His 3 Angels
Terrilynn
Daughter
May 7, 2021
Thank you for your love, guidance & trust. Our time together we'll cherish forever, for during this time you made me a better man, strengthened our resolve & showed us what love truly is. The kids miss you dearly, but are blessed with memories made along your journey. Everytime we hear jet's, we know your soaring overhead, you're free now, without pain. We love you Dad, Rest in Peace.
Ernest Urquieta
Family
May 4, 2021
I had Mr. Pena as a PE Teacher in Bagdad. I still remember the day after class he pulled me aside and told me how much I had improved. I still remember those encouraging words and their impact on me. Thanks Coach
John Hernandez
Student
May 4, 2021
Rosie,
My heart goes out to you and your wonderful family on reading about the loss of your husband Sonny. I always loved hearing your family stories, especially how you met Sonny. May God bless and keep you all.
Tommie Taylor
Acquaintance
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