Jimmy C. Delgado Sr., of Safford, entered into eternal rest in the early morning hours of Monday, September 26, 2022, at the Mount Graham Regional Medical Center. He was 91.
Jimmy was born on July 25, 1931, in Morenci, Arizona. Husband to the late Vicky Delgado for 57 years. Father and Mother to 6 children. Preceded in death by: his parents, Rafael and Florencia Delgado; sister, Olivia Garcia; son, Jimmy Delgado Jr.; daughter-in-law, Gabby Delgado; and grandson, Mario Delgado.
Jimmy began his career early in life. Just shy of 18, he began working for the Phelps Dodge copper mine in Morenci, Arizona. He retired in 1982 after working for the company for 33 years as a heavy equipment operator. Upon retirement, Jimmy and Vicky moved to Safford, enjoying life with family and friends.
Jimmy was a gifted musician. He spent many a weekend sharing his gift with others, playing in a band for a variety of events, weddings, fiestas, and funerals. He was also a car enthusiast and could often be found tinkering with his model A or '66 Chevy Impala, two of many classic cars he was blessed to enjoy throughout his life.
He was known to his children and his grandchildren as a great storyteller. Whether it be a good ghost story or a memory from his childhood. He filled the home with music for every family gathering, entertaining his children and grandchildren with songs on the piano and the guitar. He left so many wonderful memories and stories that will forever be cherished.
Jimmy is survived by: his children, Lilliann Delgado Tredway (Brian), Olivia Valle (Tony), Patricia Delgado, Daniel A. Delgado, Rebecca Delgado; 15 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Jimmy will be celebrated Monday morning, October 10, 2022, at 11:00 a.m., at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church by Rev. Nicodemus Shaghel. Committal will follow in the Safford Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Monday morning, October 10, 2022, from 8:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m., at the Vining Funeral Home.