Robert L. Yniguez
Yniguez, Robert L
age 66, died unexpectedly on August 18, 2015 in Chandler, Arizona. Robert was a great family man and a loving father. He is survived by his high school sweetheart/wife of 45 years, Mary Frances; son, Robert (Nikki); daughter, Larissa; brother, Henry (Rosanne); sister Veronica (Alex Apodaca); grandchildren, JJ & Victor Mariscal, Diego and Niko Yniguez; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Epifanio & Celedonia; and his sister Kelly. Robert
was born on May 3, 1949 in Sonora, AZ. He grew up the eldest of four and attended Superior High School. Robert attended and played basketball at Mesa Community College. He furthered his education at Arizona State University and received a Bachelors of Arts in Social Studies in 1971 and a Masters of Arts in Counseling in 1973. He started his career at Tolleson High School in 1971. He then worked for the Tempe High School District, teaching and coaching at both Marcos de Niza and McClintock for more than 40 years. Robert was a social, active man, a great mentor who was deeply involved in education and coaching for the majority of his life. He was a member of the Arizona Coaches Association for over 25 years, serving on the Board of Directors, as well as VP. He has received numerous coaching accolades, including Arizona Republic Coach of the Year in 1980, when his team won the State Championship. He was inducted into the Arizona Coaches Association High School Coach Hall of Fame in 1996 and the Arizona Hispanic Sports Hall of Fame in 2004. He enjoyed watching sports, especially ASU football, music, dancing, cleaning, traveling, hunting, camping and spending time with family. His family and friends will always remember him as a proud Hispanic man that was generous, loyal, loving and larger than life. Robert was everyone's rock; his broad shoulders provided support for family and friends. He will be deeply missed by all that knew him. Services are scheduled for Saturday August 29, 2015, at St. Andrew the Apostle 3450 W. Ray Rd Chandler, AZ 85226. Rosary at 9:30am and funeral services at 10:00am, with a Celebration of Life to follow. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Robert's life. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Phoenix Children's Hospital ( or Barrow Neurological Institute (

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I thought I sent my condolences in 2015 but dont see it now so I want to reiterate how sorry I am for the loss of Mr. Yniguez. I was in the class of 74 at Marcos & had Mt. Yniguez for history/social studies/whatever it was called back in the day & really enjoyed thr class & him. He made a boring subject fun, entertaining & engaging. You all are in my thoughts & prayers.
Lee Anne Gragg Stevenson
Lee Stevenson
August 17, 2019
Mary Francis and Family, take comfort in knowing you now have a guardian angel watching over all of you, even though we haven't known you very long we really enjoyed seeing you and taking to you guys. RIP Robert! You are now dancing in heaven...
Manny & Laura Montoya
September 2, 2015
Dear Yniguez Family,

My wife Renee and I are so saddened by your loss. Renee and I are proud to have been in the first Marcos graduating class. Bob was always so proud to be a Padre and he made us proud to be Padres too. Having Bob as our teacher played a major role in inspiring Renee and I to become educators. Bob Yniguez exemplifies what being a Marcos de Niza Padre means and we are so very proud to call him our teacher and our friend! May God comfort the entire Yniquez family in this very difficult time!
Steve and Renee Adolph
August 31, 2015
Dearest Mary and family.
My deepest condolences on your loss. I know this has a great impact on each of you and all people who knew Robert, but take heart on all the wonderful memories and the legacy he left behind. A great father and a terrific husband. I pray that you God gives you the strength and comfort you need.
Victoria Checkcinco
August 31, 2015
Dear Mary Frances, I was in a state of shock when I heard Bob had died.He was an exceptional person! You and Bob have been such beautiful examples of the true meaning of God's design for all of us give unselfishly of the Gifts we received. Bob and you will continue to be blessed . He in heaven and you here.
Rosalina Baldonado
August 30, 2015
Mary Frances, I hope you remember me, Nancy Carreon. I just read about Robert on Sue's FB. I am so sorry to hear. He was a great friend to all the Carreon's. You will be in my prayers.
Nancy Carreon Miranda
August 30, 2015
If you ever heard the man talk or laugh you knew he was full of energy. We have a principle of a school here in Boise that was inspired by Bob at marcos de niza .We lost a keeper and look forward to crossing paths again. Hugs & love to the whole Yniguez family.
Tom & Gail Nickerson
August 29, 2015
Mary Frances, Hilda and I are saddened by the loss of Bobby. Our condolences to you and your family.
Ed Celaya
August 29, 2015
Our deepest sympathy, Mary your children and all that Yniguez family. Bob rest in peace. Your friends from the casino.
Chon n Linda Jimenez
August 29, 2015
My condolences to the familia, may Robert , r.i.p
Susan Quinones-Ward
August 29, 2015
My condolences to Mary Frances and family. I first saw Robert in 1966 when playing in the regional basketball tournament in Globe, Az. I was very impressed with his basketball skills and later played together in city league ball. Robert was a good friend and will be missed. Mary Frances sorry I couldn't attend funeral services since I was just notified of his passing. My prayer are with you and your family
Marco A. Verdugo
August 29, 2015
Familia Yniguez Our deepest sympathies go out to you all. Shocked and sadden to hear of Roberts passing. May the great memories you have help ease your pain and give you strength as you walk through this sad time. Keeping you all in our prayers.
Dave & Reina LaCombe
August 29, 2015
Our prayers go out to Coach Yniguez and his entire family. Coach Bobby was always a great guy and was a great mentor to me as I entered the Coaching Profession. Coach was always supportive of me and helped me advance in my Coaching Profession. Coach was always a class act and never forgot who he was and more importantly where he came from. Coach encouraged me to get more involved in the Arizona Coaches Association and was one of the first Hispanic Basketball Coaches to really encourage and helped me in the profession. I am honored to have known Coach and to call him a True Friend! God bless you and I know you are Coaching a Team from above. Thanks Coach! The Good Lord only takes the Best!
Coach Frank Denogean
August 28, 2015
I will miss my friend. He had time and energy for all. I am a better person because he was in my life. Rest in peace, amigo.
Chuy Carreon
August 28, 2015
Dearest Mary and family,
With heavy hearts we send our love and condolences to you. Robert was a fun-loving guy, mentor to so many young people. We send our love to you.
Dinah and Don Lee
August 28, 2015
We were saddened by the news of Robert's passing as we had seen him earlier at Molly's Memorial. He was hoping to see us at the School Reunion. He has now gone on to a much greater Reunion.
Eli & Gloria Thompson
August 28, 2015

My deepest condolences go out to the entire "Bob" Yniguez family. Bob's genuine desire and ability to help others along their own journey is testament of a man who gave generously of his Time~one life's most precious commodity. Thank you Bob for all the thrilling Panther basketball games at Superior High School.
Isaac Curley
August 28, 2015
It is with sorrow that we will be unable to attend Bobby's funereal, as we are out of town. Our deepest condolence to the entire Yniguez family. May God grant you peace in knowing he is in the arms of the Lord.
Bob and Mary Helen Martinez
August 28, 2015
I spoke with Robert just a few weeks ago when he called to invite me to the upcoming high school reunion. We had not seen each other for some 40+ years but really enjoyed sharing some memories and updating each other on our lives. Rest in Peace Bob. May God bless and comfort your family.
Bruce Medlock
August 27, 2015
With heartfelt condolences Mary Frances to you and your family. Coach meant so much to me and so many others. Having him as a coach, mentor, and friend helped me thought high school, his words of encouragement has followed me through my life. He took a group of girls, molded us into better athletes and strong young women. I will always remember on the line jumping another 14 in1 was coming. These wonderful memories will be forever held in my heart.
Kristi "Jaeger" White
August 27, 2015
An excellent teacher, coach, and mentor for many students, Bob will be remembered for all he did. God be with you in your loss. You have my deepest sympathy. Mattie Larson, retired teacher at MdN
Mattie Larson
August 27, 2015
To the Yniguez family,

Lucille and I were shocked and saddened to hear of Bob's passing. We always saw him as being a big, strong, confident man. In addition to being a very good man he was an outstanding teacher and coach. During his 40 plus years as an educator he had a positive influence on hundreds of young students. They are all better people for it. Bob's legacy will live on, and as much as we will all miss him, he will not be forgotten.

May God bless you all.

Vic and Lucille Sanchez
August 26, 2015
Familia Yniguez,

So very sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences. Love y'all.
Louie Fontes
August 26, 2015
My deepest sympathy Mary Frances, My God's light shine upon you and your family.
Velia V Campos Baca
August 26, 2015
We are saddened to hear about Bob's passing. Bob and I taught history, coached football, and ate lunch every day together for 6 years at Marcos de Niza. He was a wonderful mentor, friend and family man. I'm thankful that Matt Marino and Frank Mirizo kept Bob and I connected through emails and happy hours over the past many years. I saw Bob last November and we laughed and told stories as if our time we worked and played together was yesterday. Mary Francis, Bobby, and Larisa your Husband and Father was a terrific person and left his mark on many young people. He will be missed.
Lance Winn
August 26, 2015
Although Lorenzo and I met him very recently, we felt inspired by his friendly and lively personality.. May God comfort the entire Yniguez family. God Bless

Susie and Lorenzo Sanchez
Susie Sanchez
August 26, 2015
I Remembrr Bob from my early years at Marcos. What I remember most is how pleasant he always was and easy to be around. We had a lot in common, we both came from small towns, participated in Track and Field and loved told time Rock and Roll. My thoughts are with his family during this difficult time.
Ron Houser
August 25, 2015
Sending our deepest condolences to Mary Francis and her children. My husband Carl Harris taught with Bob at Marcos de Niza for many years when our children were little. We are so sorry for your loss.
Carl & La Verne Harris
August 25, 2015
My deepest condolences to your family. Robert and I were good friends growing up in Superior. I have lots of good memories. On the 12th of this month we emailed about getting together for lunch. I'm sad that will not happen. He will be missed.
James Ray
August 25, 2015
Yniguez Family,

Your husband & father was a great teacher, coach and friend to many of us students who had the pleasure of being taught or coached by him. Soon after graduating from Marcos de Niza, I (Veronica) became of colleague of Bob at Tempe Union High School District, and saw the dedication and support he gave our students from the town of Guadalupe. I got to see firsthand his hard work as he mentored many who continued on to the field of education as well as many other professions.

Mr. Yniguez was truly an inspiration to me and our community I thank you and your children for sharing his time with us. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Veronica & Dovar Flores (1980 MDN students)
Veroica Bandin Flores
August 25, 2015
Prayers to the Yniguez Family. I am sorry for your loss.
Ed Mendivil
August 25, 2015
The Yniguez Family
My deepest condolences to the family.mAny your hearts be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times ad you celebrate a life well lived. May your Husband, Dad rest in paradise
Frances Ramos
August 25, 2015
Uncle Robert, I'm still in disbelief & shock over hearing about your passing. I will miss you greatly and will never forget all the wonderful times and many visits we have had with our families together. I'm very blessed & fortunate to have known such a good & amazing person. Our love, prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.
Marcella & Josh Reed
August 25, 2015
Elvia and Gilbert will miss Robert more than I can say. He's the nicest most complete person I have ever had the honor of meeting. You will always be close and near to my heart. We miss you and Love you Robert.
Gilbert and Elvia Sandoval
August 24, 2015
My family will miss Robert and all the wonderful qualities he possessed that endeared him to all who knew him.
Elvia Sandoval
August 24, 2015
I was so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. My prayers go out to you and your family. God bless you. Kathy Olson
Mike, Kim and Danny Olson
August 24, 2015
My prayers will be with his family and friends during this difficult time.
Sue Garcia
August 24, 2015
Our prayers go out to the Yniguez family. I admired him greatly for being a man of integrity and for giving unconditionally. His love and generosity will never be forgotten. My words will not properly convey the impact that he had on his family, his friends, and his community. I pray that God provide peace in this difficult time to all who knew and loved him.

The Acosta Family
Hector Acosta
August 24, 2015
We are going to miss Robert so very much. What a wonderful kind, funny, generous, and caring. Thinking of the Yniguez family and praying for strength to help them through this difficult time. With deepest sympathy,
The Oquendo Family
August 24, 2015
Dear Yniguez Family,
Your dad/husband meant so very much to so many people. His students, his players, his teachers and families that he touched over the 40 + years will always remember the man who made them feel like a rock star at age 15, the man who made them laugh even while doing 1000 up downs for something stupid and the man who taught them how to deal with lifes difficult situations. We will all remember Coach Yniguez for always being positive and I will remember him for being one of the reasons I chose to become and teacher. Please accept my deepest sympathies during this difficult time.
God Bless you guys
Love Frank Mirizio
August 24, 2015
Our deepest condolences to the Yniquez family in this time of sorrow. We are from Superior, Az and went to school with Robert and knew all the family. Robert was a very delightful person to be around. All who knew him will miss him. Ken/Dolores Almejo
August 24, 2015
Robert was family. His energy and laugh was contagious. He was generous and thoughtful. He loved people and life. He cherished every minute with his family. He was a role model as a teacher and as a husband. We lost a dear friend way too early. We will hold onto all the wonderful memories. All love to his family
Suzanne Carreon
August 24, 2015
Condolences to the Yniguez family. May God's Love provide you the love and comfort you need at this difficult time. God Bless you!
August 23, 2015
My deepest sympathies to the Yniguez family. Mr. Yniguez was a wonderful teacher and touched the lives of so many. He was such a wonderful person!
Stephanie (Crowder) Babbitt
August 23, 2015
Prayers for the Yniguez family at this difficult time. He was a great teacher. I remember he always had a smile on his face. He will be missed.
Lynda (Lyn) Ringer (Myers)
August 23, 2015
Heartfelt Sympathy to the Yniguez family. So very sorry for your loss. May God Bless you always and May he guide you through these very difficult times.
Mario Nancy Garibaldi
August 23, 2015
My deepest condolences to Robert's entire family. He was just the nicest kindest person...
Ann Townsend
August 23, 2015
My deepest condolences to the Yniguez family. Mr. Yniguez was always full of life...Someone to whom the room naturally gravitated. He will be missed greatly.
Bryan Bailey
August 23, 2015