Jan 162013

Frederick Santos Padilla, better known as “Viejo” or “Tata,” 75, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at his home in Holbrook. A memorial mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, located at 212 E. Arizona in Holbrook. Interment will be in the Holbrook Cemetery.
He was born to the late Valentine and Carlotta (Sandoval) Padilla in Holbrook on Nov. 1, 1937.
Fred was an excellent mechanic who loved to work on cars. In his younger years he worked for the Hol-brook Tribune delivering papers on his bike, a job he really enjoyed. Very outgoing, he loved to talk to people. He enjoyed hanging out at the local gas stations, where he would visit with people. Many will remember him drinking his coffee at the Hilltop Cafe, where he met and made many of his trucker friends.
A very kind, loving and patient man, he would help anyone out any way he could. His family was his pride and joy, especially his granddaughter, Faith.
Fred will be missed by all who had the privilege to call him friend.
Survivors include his loving wife, Ramona “Mona” Padilla of Holbrook; his daughter, Mona Lisa Padilla of Holbrook; his granddaughter, Faith Padilla of Holbrook; two sisters, Juanita Tostado of Holbrook and Carla Brooks of Phoenix; and a brother, Valentine Padilla of Phoenix.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Armando Padilla.
Owens Livingston Mortuary of Holbrook was in charge of the arrangements.