David Ross Anthony Castro

July 30, 1948 - January 13, 2019
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Mary Helen Hall
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Celebrating David Castro’s Grateful Life

What A Long, Strange Trip It’s Been. . .


David Ross Anthony Castro passed away on Sunday, January 13, 2019, at age 70 after a short illness. His wife of almost 35 years, Marty, remained by his side as he battled respiratory failure. David’s daughter, Shannon Castro, son and daughter-in-law, Ben and Christine Castro, brought comfort to David along with numerous amazing nurses and respiratory techs at Northwest Hospital.

David was born in Phoenix, AZ on July 30, 1948, to Ross and Anna Castro. He is survived by his sisters Patricia (William) Byrne of Winchester, MA, and Victoria (Gary) Tiepelman of Scottsdale, AZ.  He is also survived by his sisters-in-law Annabel Crites and Barbara (Carl) Winters of Tucson, AZ.  His numerous nieces and nephews loved their Uncle Davey. Potz’s greatest joy came from his grandchildren, 8 year old Zane, 2 year old Cade and 1 year old Emma.

David came to Tucson in 1968 to attend the University of Arizona.  After graduating, he began his teaching career in 1973 in the Marana School District.  In 1982, David met Marty when she began teaching at Tortolita Jr. High.  It was instant love and they married in Guaymas, Mexico on March 30, 1984.  David retired from Marana Middle School in 2002 and was always proud of teaching civics and coaching baseball, soccer, and softball to over 4,000 Marana kids during his career.

Once he retired, David became a great househusband to Marty, caretaker to his grandkids, and lover of life.  He traveled to Las Vegas frequently to visit his son’s family. When in town, he could be found at his grandson’s school or at his favorite pub watching the Wildcats and his beloved San Francisco Giants with friends.  David never missed an opportunity to laugh and shared his enthusiasm with friends and strangers alike.

The family would be thrilled if you could join them to toast this wonderful, funny, crazy man.  A gathering will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2019, from 2:00-5:00 P.M. at the home of Barbara and Carl Winters, 7682 N. Sombrero Peak Drive.  Please come in your favorite U of A gear, Giants t-shirt, or as casual as you want.  You may contact Marana Mortuary for directions or message Shannon Castro. If you can’t make it to the gathering, please raise a glass for David Castro!


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Born: July 30, 1948
Died: January 13, 2019

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Dana Reynolds posted on 2/2/19

Thank you David for being my next door gardening / yard buddy! I borrowed your wheelbarrow, we shared landscapers and traded new puppy stories while watering our front yards. Nacelle & I will miss you immensely! Dana Reynolds


Mary Helen Hall posted on 2/1/19

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Mary Helen Hall posted on 2/1/19

David’s love for his family shows in his eyes & his smile! He has a family legacy that will continue to grow! Happy memories! With love ? MH


Jackie Migdal Quast posted on 1/31/19

Marty, I was shocked and so sorry to see that David had passed away. I can't even begin to imagine how you are feeling. I hope that family will give you some comfort and love that will help through this.


Patt Hale posted on 1/27/19

Many years ago, Dave and I carpooled from Tucson to MJHS. We visited Miller's Market on Fridays, and sometimes we stopped at the chicken farm on Tangerine to buy eggs. Dave was fun and funny. I'll remember him with good memories. Sending condolences to Marty and family.


Jackie Quast posted on 1/24/19

Marty, It's been so many years since Career Guidance! So sorry to hear about your loss. I can't imagine how difficult it is for you. Hugs, Jackie Quast (MIgdal)


Mary posted on 1/22/19

My sincere condolences for your loss. Please find comfort in the knowledge that God promises to put an end to all the things that have plagued mankind for centuries including pain, suffering and death (Revelation 21:3,4). May these promises from God give you comfort now and real hope for the future. My deepest sympathy.


Just his student 89-90 posted on 1/20/19

We the people Mr. Castro We the people! (I still remember the entire thing) Sending love and my condolences to his family! Thank you for sharing him with all of us!


Daniel Piel posted on 1/20/19

Mrs. Castro! You and Mr. Castro were/ are two of my best memories from school. You as my 6th grade teacher at Tortilita and Mr. Castro as my Civics teacher. You were expecting Ben at the time in 86 and Mr. Castro helped me with with a citywide are competition celebrating the constitution. You are Amazing People and I will always hold you near and dear to my heart! With Love Always... Bear Down Mr. Castro! Daniel Piel


Peggy Coomer posted on 1/19/19

In memory of David Ross Anthony Castro, Peggy Coomer lit a candle


Peggy Coomer posted on 1/19/19

David Castro was a game changer in my life and I am so happy that I had him in it.


Kristina. posted on 1/19/19

Sorry for your loss.


Kristina. posted on 1/19/19

Sorry for your loss.


Mary Maxam posted on 1/19/19

He was a great teacher! Condolences to the family. May god hold you in comfort on your loss. R.I.P. DAVID??


Amanda Waters posted on 1/18/19

My sincerest condolences the Castro family. David was one of the most happy men I’ve ever come across. It was an honor to have met him and I’m so sorry for your loss. He will be greatly missed.


Kim Crooks posted on 1/17/19

Love and Light on your journey.


Jannell Calvin posted on 1/17/19

Mr. Castro.. You were a wonderful teacher, that brought life back into the classroom. An amazing coach, and an outstanding human being! Always caring for your students and made sure that they were going to get it and understand it. Still to this day I will remember your classroom and the joy you had while being in it!! As a Coach you were like a second father..winning wasn't the goal it was the accomplishment of a hard effort. I am so truly sorry Mrs. Castro, you are in my thoughts and prayers! Please know that he has changed so many kids (adults now) lives in what he did! I pray peace and love to you and yours!! Jannell Calvin


Juan I Valles posted on 1/17/19

R.I.P. Mr. Castro. Thank you for being my 6th grade teacher at MJHS. (1975-1976) What a great year we had!


Lois Glad posted on 1/16/19

Marty, Bob and I are so sorry about David’s passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Bob and Lois Glad


Trisha Tinsley posted on 1/15/19

My deepest condolences to David Castro's family. I have wonderful memories of a very caring man and I loved him greatly. I met David when I was 15 years old and he always treated me like family. He had the best sense of humor and I'll always remember his huge, infectious laugh. A joy to know him.