Jose Gabriel López-Plascencia
1921 - 2020
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Jose Gabriel López-Plascencia

Dr. Jose Gabriel López-Plascencia passed away peacefully at the age of 99 in his home on June 27, 2020. Dr. López practiced medicine and surgery in the metropolitan Phoenix area for more than six decades, providing healthcare to lower income families from diverse backgrounds and communities.

The first-born child of Marciano López Zamora and Maria Isabel Plascencia on June 20, 1921 in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Dr. López attended and graduated with Honors from the University of Guadalajara (U de G). In the late 50's he enlisted in the Arizona Army National Guard as a medical officer. In 1977, after 20 years of duty, he retired as a Lt. Col., but continued to collaborate and support with additional activations until the mid-90's. Along with receiving numerous awards and recognitions throughout his lifetime, he was one of the first active members and founders of The Mexican / American Chamber of Commerce in Phoenix, Arizona.

Dr. J.G. López-Plascencia is survived by his brother Jose Frederico López-Plascencia, his 6 children, Barbara Ann Sordia, Jose Gabriel "Dody" López (Deidre) , Maria Isabel Martinez (Joe), Maria Teresa López, Jose Ricardo López (Nick), and Debra Ann López López (Salvador), 13 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and 7 great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Nellie Gano López, his parents and his five siblings.... Fly with the Angels Daddy....

A visitation will be held on Monday, July 6, 2020 from 9:30 A.M. – 10:30 A.M., Rosary prayers at 10:30 A.M., with the Celebration of Mass to follow at 11:00 A.M. at St. Agnes Catholic Church at 1954 N. 24th Street, Phoenix. Burial with Military Honors will follow at St. Francis Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th Street, Phoenix Condolences and Hugs from Home may be expressed at

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Published in The Arizona Republic from Jul. 1 to Jul. 2, 2020.
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July 5, 2020
Dr Lopez was a gentle man may he rest in peace and love. My condolences to my compadre and familia. Hugs ✝
Denise & Francisco Zuniga
July 3, 2020
On behalf of the Kays family: May everyone find the fond memories and joy of life that Dr. Lopez touched upon us guide down our path of life and those memories ease the stress during this time of need.... big hugs to the Lopez family, we always will remember and cherish our visits; we know Dr. Lopez rests in love !
Michael Kays
July 2, 2020
On behalf of the O

rdonez family we offer you our sincerest condolences. The peace of Christ be with the Lopez family.
Eloisa Johnson
July 2, 2020
It was my privilege to serve with Dr. Lopez-Plascencia in the Arizona Army National Guard early in my service. As a newly commissioned officer, his mentorship was invaluable. I wish condolences to the family.
Stephen Playford
Served In Military Together
July 1, 2020
Our condolences to the Lopez family, prayers are with you. God Bless
Chacon family
Danny Chacon
July 1, 2020
Dr. Lopez, was always patient and loving to all of us. Our families grew up together and he will be missed. My deepest condolences to his children and family. God bless you. May he be united with Our Lord and reunited with his wife and other family and friends in heaven.
Martha Draper
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