RAMIRO CARLOS GARCIA
Ramiro “Milo” Garcia, a devoted husband, son, father, tata, brother, and friend, passed away Monday, November 19th, 2018 at home in Tucson, in the presence of his family. Milo was born in Clarkdale, Arizona on March 13, 1939 to Natalia Carlos and Cleofas C. Garcia. He grew up in the Verde Valley of northern Arizona, until 1950 when his family moved to Ajo. Milo proudly served six years in the U.S. Army and the Army Reserve before becoming a copper miner and union member for twenty years at the New Cornelia mine in Ajo. He retired as a concrete mixer truck driver in Tucson in 2003. Milo loved all music, especially 1950’s rock-and-roll, big band, Tex-Mex, cha-chas and boleros. Milo was self-taught in piano and other instruments, but his favorite was the saxophone. He loved playing the sax with “Ernie Martinez y Los Galantes” and with his compadres at family fiestas. He was a family man who also loved dancing, playing the guitar and teaching his kids and grandkids to sing, fish, swim and play sports. He cherished his life-long friendships and community service activities with “Los Caballeros Club” in Ajo and the “Knights of Columbus” in Tucson. He was an avid golfer, rock collector, fisherman, animal lover and a dedicated U of A Wildcat and AZ Diamondback fan. We will always remember him as a hard-working, easy-going, sharply dressed cool cat with a generous, big heart full of awe and compassion for others. Milo is survived by his wife of 55 years Delcia, his 104-year young mother Natalia, his daughters Denise, Veronica and Cynthia, his son Javier, his sisters Bella, Rosa and Helen, his brother Angel, fifteen grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Services will be held at Our Lady of Fatima, 1950 Irvington Place, Tucson, Arizona, on November 30th, with viewing at 1pm, rosary at 2pm, honor guard and mass at 2:30pm. Luncheon to follow in church hall. In lieu of flowers, gifts in Milo’s honor may be made to Food for the Hungry, www.fh.org, or The Shriner’s Hospital for Children, www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org, or Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital, www.stjude.org.