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."
Published in The Arizona Republic from May 3 to May 4, 2021.