Federico "Fred" Escobedo, 89, of Maricopa, Arizona, passed away October 10, 2018 at his home with his family near. He was born May 17, 1929 in Solomonville, Arizona to Tomas C. & Maria Franco Escobedo.
Growing up he lived in Solomon, Glenbar and Safford. He was a natural all-around high school athlete, especially basketball. Later got into boxing and would have gone into it as a career but, chose to marry Julia over boxing.
In 1949, Fred married Julia Pedregon and the couple were blessed with six children; JoAnn, Nancy, Julia, Freida, Nora and Federico.
In 1949 he joined the National Guard to serve his country. He belonged to St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church where he served in the Knights of Columbus. Fred was very spiritual, always praying for others.
Fred owned or rented farmland around Arizona, farming mainly cotton, and in 1964, bought the Ritz bar. He was personable and friendly making friends easily. He loved watching football and boxing on TV.
In 1967 the family moved to Glendale, AZ living there for 51 years. Fred sold life insurance for several years and made life-long friendships, but Fred had farming in his blood. He decided to farm again in Queen Creek and Aguila Valley. Eventually he got out of farming and established his own Fred’s Tires & Battery business which lasted over 25 years until he retired in 2015.
Fred was a true family man, taking his family on vacations or visiting relatives in and out of town. Fred will always be our pillar of strength and our hero. As Fred would say I’ll see you “Good Lord willing and the creek don’t rise.”
Fred is survived by the love of his life Julia; children JoAnn Escobedo (Jon Tatum), Nancy Colon, Julie Escobedo (Will Maciolek), Freida Haller, Nora James (Randy) and Federico T Escobedo; 11 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, 6 great-great grandchildren, sister Jessie Formica and youngest brother Albert Escobedo.
Fred was preceded in death by 3 brothers, 2 sisters and 1 granddaughter.
Services will be held on Friday, October 19, 2018 at the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church beginning with a viewing & visitation at 8:00 a.m. followed by the Rosary being led at 9:00 a.m. and the Mass of Christian Burial starting at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Father Nicodemus Shaghell, VC as Celebrant. Interment will follow in the Safford Cemetery.