Armando D Moraga, 65 of Phoenix, Arizona passed away on March 26, 2021 at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center, Glendale, Arizona. Armando was born on July 30, 1955 to Roy and Susie Moraga. He spent his young days playing with his siblings: Lucy, Nellie, Terri, Roy Jr. (Sonny), Bob, Pete, Rick and David in their hometown of Tempe. As an identical twin with Pete, people were always confusing them for each other. Upon his family moving into Phoenix, Armando attended Phoenix Union High School. He participated on the wrestling team and then participated as well at Phoenix College. Armando had three children Armando Jr., Monica and MarkAnthony. He was a devoted father and included his children in all his activities memorializing their experiences with “goofy” pictures, being a constant jokester and baking – his passion. He was devastated at the loss of his son, Armando Jr. and committed his life to spending time to organize fun family events and adventures for his children: Monica and MarkAnthony, grandchildren: Joseph, Jacob, Matthew, Nathaniel, Sabrina, Ciara, Celina, Jeremy, Jessie, Markie and great-grandchildren: CJ, Noah, Aaliyah. Armando retired after 25 years of service at the Arizona Department of Administration. Here he built and enjoyed a strong friendship with a team of co-workers that lasted way beyond his retirement. Armando’s lifelong passion was sports. He coached the Men’s “Rebels” Slow-Pitch Softball Team leading them to not 1 but 2 National Titles. Here again he made lifelong friends that he never forgot. And…anyone who knew him knew that he was an Arizona Cardinals fanatic! He was a season ticket holder for decades and his children will now continue to attend and support the Cardinals to honor his memory. Upon retiring he began working for the Glendale Arena primarily working for the Arizona Coyotes games where yet again he built player relationships that he valued always. He was so appreciated that he received game tickets, memorabilia and recognition for his service. During his life Armando volunteered for many groups. Some who benefited from his volunteer service were: The Southwest Hispanic Culture Association, Southwest Prostate Cancer Foundation, Phoenix Revitalization Corporation, the Pat Tillman Foundation, the Democratic Party and many more. His most recent role was organizing the Moraga Family Reunion that would have taken place in 2021. Armando enjoyed a 37-year friendship, partnership and love with Eva Olivas. They had a connection unlike any other. They danced, traveled, talked, laughed together all their lives. He was friend, confidante and served as a powerful male role model to Jay and Jacob Olivas, Eva’s sons. As a man, he was kind, obsessed with knowing what is going on in the world and doing what he could do to make it better. He was a very selfless person. He was a “Dad” to his grand-daughters and adored all of his grand-children every day of his life. He was devoted with everything in him to MarkAnthony and Monica. Armando will be deeply missed by his family, friends and all who knew him. A visitation will be held on Monday, April 12, 2021 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, with a Recitation of the Holy Rosary at 7:00 pm, at Richardson Funeral Home, 2621 South Rural Road, Tempe, Arizona. Mass of Christian Burial will follow on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 10:00 AM at St Timothy's Catholic Church, 1730 West Guadalupe Road, Mesa, Arizona. Interment will immediately follow the funeral mass at Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery, 2300 West Van Buren Street, Phoenix, Arizona.. There will be a reception immediately following the burial at: Valley Garden Center 1809 N. 15th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85007. Richardson Funeral Home, Tempe, Arizona is compassionately serving the Moraga family.
“Only a moment you stayed, but what an imprint your footprints have left on our hearts.”
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