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Jesus C. Pea

Jesus C. Peña, a longtime resident of Safford, entered into eternal rest Sunday morning, August 25, 2019, at the Mount Graham Regional Medical Center. Jesus was 85. Jesus was preceded in rest by: his parents, Quirino and Gienoveva; a brother, Paul; his sister Rosie; a son, Jesus; his daughter, Elisabeth Daughter; in-laws Susan and Barbara; two grandchildren, Christa and Juardie; and a great-grandson, Nathaniel. Jesus is survived by: his loving wife of 64 years, Rachel, a brother, Gilbert Peña (Marie), of Globe; five sons, Tony Peña, of Claypool, Robert Peña, of Safford, Ben Peña (Sabrina), of Green Valley, Michael Peña, of Safford and Steve Peña, of Globe. He was blessed with fourteen grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. Jesus C. Peña (Chu-Chi) our beloved husband, brother, dad, grandpa, uncle, cousin and friend was born in Clifton, Arizona on May 13,1934 to Quirino and Gienoveva Peña. He grew up in Clifton and attended Clifton High School where he was a well-known Trojan athlete, that’s where he met and married his high school sweetheart, Rachel, and was blessed with 64 years of marriage and five boys. Jesus made his home in Clifton and worked hard to support his family as a body man for a couple of years at the Chevrolet Garage and then was hired with Phelps Dodge Mining Corporation where he later became a well-known Track Maintenance Supervisor. Jesus was always involved and a strong supporter of the scouting and youth sports in Clifton as his boys were growing up serving the community as a Scout leader, coaching Little League and Pop Warner Football teams and was a devoted Trojan Booster. Jesus loved being in the outdoors hunting, fishing, and camping. He was a great fly fisherman and hunter in his day and loved spending his spare time with his family in the hills at the lake or river every chance he had. After retirement from Phelps Dodge, Jesus moved the family to Safford and worked with the State of Arizona Department of Economic Security and several months for the auspices of Tucson Catholic Community Services agency. When the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control act was enacted, Jesus brought joy to many undocumented immigrant families around the Graham and Greenlee counties helping them with applications for legal status rights and getting their children in public schools to get the proper education. Jesus loved helping people throughout his life. Jesus will always be a blessing to his family and friends and will be missed dearly and will never be forgotten. The Lord promises us a life after this one of no more death nor pain or sorrows and eternity with Him in Heaven. Someday we will all be reunited again in Heaven.

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Guestbook

I worked with Jesse for 2 1/2 years in Safford at the Department of Economic Security back in the early 90's. I was just a young 20's something but Jesse and I came to be pretty good friends at work and I loved our time together. I learned a lot from him and still think of him often. I was thinking of him today and looked him up, but was sad to see that he passed a few years ago. God bless you Jesse. Miss you my friend.

Arthur B. Truex Feb 19 2022 7:26 PM

My condolences to Rachael and family. I have fond memories of Chu Chi. I was a classmate of Robert (Pecos).

Esther Garcia Butterworth Sep 6 2019 12:00 AM

My condolences to Rachael and family. I have fond memories of Chu Chi. I was a classmate of Robert (Pecos).

Esther Garcia Butterworth Sep 6 2019 12:00 AM

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Armando Gonzales Sep 3 2019 12:00 AM

Sympathy from Mr & Mrs Armando N Gonzales. (Maca & Family

Armando Gonzales Sep 3 2019 12:00 AM

My condolences to the Family of Jesus Pena. I knew him as ChuChi, as most people did. I was truly sorry when I found out of his accident and passing. He and I worked several months helping undocumented immigrants with their applications for legal status right after the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control act was enacted. I had known him when he worked at the mine, but found a good friend when we worked together in Safford under the auspices of Tucson Catholic Community Services agency. He was dedicated to this calling and I learned a lot working with him in this program. He helped so many people and I remember the happiness he brought to countless families he helped. There's a special place in Heaven for him. May God Bless him and may God be with his family and give them comfort during this time.

Angel Rodriguez Aug 31 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Jesus C. Pea

Frank Bailon Aug 31 2019 12:00 AM

My condolences to the Family of Jesus Pena. I knew him as ChuChi, as most people did. I was truly sorry when I found out of his accident and passing. He and I worked several months helping undocumented immigrants with their applications for legal status right after the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control act was enacted. I had known him when he worked at the mine, but found a good friend when we worked together in Safford under the auspices of Tucson Catholic Community Services agency. He was dedicated to this calling and I learned a lot working with him in this program. He helped so many people and I remember the happiness he brought to countless families he helped. There's a special place in Heaven for him. May God Bless him and may God be with his family and give them comfort during this time.

Angel Rodriguez Aug 31 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Jesus C. Pea

Frank Bailon Aug 31 2019 12:00 AM

I remember how the family would all get together at Uncle ChuChi and aunt Rachels for Thanksgiving. We would always play basketball just before dinner. Uncle ChuChi had a very sweet outside set shot that usually was a swish! He was also a great poker player and hunter. Many wonderful childhood memories of those days. Rest In Peace Uncle! I love you!

Tom Pena Aug 28 2019 12:00 AM

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