Eugene (Lefty) Ortiz
|Posted 2019-02-11 by Judy Wight Branson|
|Camp Verde Bugle, Camp Verde, Arizona|
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Lefty Ortiz, born in Winslow, Arizona, on April 19, 1935, and passed
away surrounded by his family at the age of 83, on Oct. 13, 2018.
Lefty moved to Cottonwood, Arizona, in 1940 and attended Cottonwood
Elementary and Cottonwood High School, graduating with the class of
1955 and shortly thereafter attended NAU on a football scholarship.
Lefty met his lifetime love, Carmen Sandoval, and they married in Oct.
26, 1958, at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Jerome.
He served in the Army National Guard of Arizona and Army Reserve, 2d
R/P Co B3d Battalion 158 Infantry. After six years he was Honorably
Discharged as SGT E5.
Lefty worked at Peterson Sawmill until it went out of business, then
went to work at Cottonwood Lumber Company, Babbitt’s Lumber,
Lumberman’s and finally Probuild, finally retiring in 1997.
He had a strong commitment to the community, which included several
years of coaching for Verde Valley Little League, even before his own
children were old enough to participate.
He spent 27 and a half years volunteering on the Mingus Union Football
“Chain Gang” before passing that baton on to his son, Art.
He also dedicated 25 years to the Cottonwood Volunteer Fire Department,
and served for a short time as Assistant Fire Chief, as well as Fire
Chief. Once retired in 1987, he was one of the first men to qualify and
receive retirement benefits for his volunteer efforts. Lefty was a
member of the American Bowling Association for close to 60 years.
Lefty is survived by his wife, Carmen; children, Jessie (Randy), Art
(Lesley), Paul (Laura) and Lisa (Roddy); eight grandchildren; three
great-grandchildren; sisters, Vera Varela and Rosie Lee; and brother,
Tony Ortiz. He was preceded in death by his parents, Moises and Juanita
Sanchez Ortiz; brother, Tomas Ortiz; infant daughter, Esther Ortiz; and
granddaughter, Alexcis Walters.
Lefty is best remembered for his time spent creating countless memories
with his loved ones, friends and family, enjoying the outdoors while
camping, hunting, fishing and golfing.
Services will be held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Parish, 700 N.
Bill Gray Road, Cottonwood, Arizona, on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. They
will begin at 10:30 a.m., with prayers of the Rosary. Mass at 11 a.m.,
and Burial will follow at All Souls Cemetery.
A Celebration of Life will be held after the graveside services at the
Moose Lodge, 1051 S. Broadway St., Clarkdale, Arizona.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Northern Arizona Hospice
or a charity of your choice.
Information provided by survivors.
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