Alejandro (Alex) Samora Arredondo died peacefully at the age of 80 on August 30, 2022. He was the first of three sons born in Tempe, AZ to Emilio and Helen (Samora) Arredondo.
He is survived by his beloved wife Alvina (together for 30 years), brother Robert, uncle Tom Samora, daughter/son-in-law Alissa and Robert, son Jaime (James), daughter/son-in-law Nadia and Brian , sons/daughter-in-law Joe and Michelle, son-in-law/daughter-in-law Michael Sr and Stephanie, grandsons Joseph, Nico, Matthew, Noah and Michael Jr, granddaughter Elizabeth and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Alex graduated from Mesa High School in 1960. His early career began with three years of service with the United States Army, 101st Airborne Division, The Screaming Eagles. He has held numerous positions throughout his career with the Maricopa County Arizona Department of Health and Human Services, AZ Governor’s Office of Affirmative Action, as Chairman of the AZ Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and as Health Safari Coordinator at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Arizona. .
Alex was active in his community and committed to supporting the underserved. He was an advocate for the Mexican American community, a member of the Minorities Commission for Fair Treatment of Minority Youth in Arizona’s Juvenile Justice System, a supporter of Chicanos por la Causa and the Friendly House, and a volunteer for Alma de la Gente. Fiestas las Patrias.
Alex was a longtime season ticket holder for the ASU Sun Devils. He treasured his very large group of family and friends and enjoyed hanging out with them before football games. He briefly owned a Mexican restaurant in Mesa, AZ and enjoyed cooking and sharing his favorite recipes. One of her greatest joys was watching her grandson’s football games and cheering them on to victory. His interests included traveling through Mexico and California, visiting Mexico’s beaches, going to the movies, sports, and preparing menus for family and friends each year on New Year’s Day.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Alex’s memory to the Hospice de la Vallée.
Memorial Service Information:
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 13, 2022
9:00 a.m. Church of Christ of the Valley
19030 N Pima Rd
11:00 a.m. AZ National Memorial Cemetery
23029 North Cave Creek Road,
12:00 p.m. Celebration of Life – The American Legion Pat Tillman Post 117
3230 E Thunderbird Rd, Phoenix, 85032
Posted on September 09, 2022
Posted in The Arizona Republic
Christ of the Valley Church 19030 N Pima Rd Scottsdale, 85255
September 13, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
AZ 23029 North Cave Creek Rd National Memorial Cemetery, Phoenix, 85024
September 13, 2022 at 11:00
The American Legion Pat Tillman Post 117 3230 E Thunderbird Rd, Phoenix, 85032
September 14, 2022 at 00:00