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Jimmie Munoz

July 27, 1945 - August 16, 2021
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Jimmie Munoz

July 27, 1945 - August 16, 2021

Jimmie Muñoz, Sr. born on July 27th, 1945, passed away peacefully on August 16th, 2021 surrounded by his family. He is preceded in death by his parents, Guadalupe and Estefana Muñoz, his brothers Guadalupe (Dora) and Arturo (Josie), sister Rachel Esponoza (Richard) and his grandsons Angel and Michael, Jr. He leaves in life his wife Norma of 56 years and children: James David (Sharon), Michael Joseph (Adriana), Mario Christopher (Samantha), Georgy Ann (Michael), and Jimmie, Jr; along with 21 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. He also leaves behind his sisters who he loved dearly: Mary, Margie, Esther and Becky. Born in Phoenix, Jimmie grew up in the old barrio known as Golden Gate. He married his wife in the old Sacred Heart Church near 16th Street and Buckeye, and participated in its restoration organization and loved to attend Christmas Mass there.  He attended Skiff School and Phoenix Union High School before joining the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division at age 17; he served for 6 years. Jimmie was elected to serve as the Constable of the South Phoenix Justice Court. He served proudly for about 17 years earning the respect of his community, other constables and those who worked in the Justice Court; he retired in 2017. He was a proud Democrat and served as the chair of the legislative district Democratic Party for many years. In the 1980’s Jimmie, along with his wife and others, organized the South Mountain Youth Development Association (S.M.Y.D.A.) that worked to raise pride in south Phoenix neighborhoods and create events that brought people together. He served as president for many years while planning and organizing the Cinco de Mayo and 16 de Septiembre fiestas and parades that happened in the 80’s and 90’s and were held along South Central Avenue. He made it a yearly event to enter an Airborne Float in the City’s Annual Veterans Parade, reaching out to Veterans to be part of this event and receiving many awards. Jimmie owned the Batters Cage located on South Central Avenue, where many from the community and around the area would come to hang out, hit some baseballs, play arcade and pool games, listen to the jukebox and enjoy popcorn, soda, pickles and more at the snackbar. Thirty seven years ago Jimmie started the first family owned and operated Christmas Tree Lot on South Central Avenue. This quickly became a family and south Phoenix tradition that he was so proud to operate and was looking forward to this year. He took a lot of pride in the beauty and freshness of his trees and serving the people of his community. He saw the Christmas Tree lot not only as a way for his kids and grandkids to learn about business, but also as a place for his family and community to gather and share in the season’s joy. He was a family man who put his wife and children at the center of his world.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping with his family and friends. He loved music and never missed an opportunity to crank up the volume and enjoy the sounds from his vast collection which included: mariachi, doowap, funk, classic country, and so much more. Most of all, he enjoyed sitting at the bar in his home and sharing stories about the old days, talking politics, and sharing a good laugh with his compadres. He will be missed. The Viewing service will take place Monday August 30, 5-8pm at Avenidas Funeral Home, 522 E. Western Ave, Avondale, AZ 85323. The Funeral Mass will take place Tuesday, August 31, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, at 10 am located at 1421 S. 12th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034. Immediately following Burial at the National Veterans Memorial Cemetery, located at 23029 N Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85024 Reception following at The Moose Lodge located at 2401 E South Mountain Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85042; 2 pm - 6 pm The family asks that you wear a mask.

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Ernesto Mason Wow, I just found out from my mother that Jimmie passed. He was awesome, my first job was working at the batters cage back in 8th grade (1991-92) He will be missed by many. Love that man...
12 months ago

Ruben Flores He was a great man and will be missed and remembered always. May the Lord bless his soul and we will meet again one day. Love you tio.
over 1 year ago

Ralph Munoz We will miss very much Primo. You were a great "role model." The community will miss you. However, you will be in a better place than us here on earth. Jesus said, "“In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:2-3). Amen
over 1 year ago

Gabriel Sandoval I want to give my respects and condolences to the Munoz family.. I knew mr munoz as a kid and had nothing but the most respects for him and his wife norma.. god be with you all and god bless...
over 1 year ago

Sam Castañeda Holdren What an amazing man and what an amazing family. All my love to Jimmie Jr., Norma, and all of Jimmie's loved ones. I always remember the spirit of alegría - the joy - Mr. Muñoz always seemed to carry. An excellent public servant and a loving father and husband. I'll carry his memory in my heart. Love you familia Muñoz.
over 1 year ago

Ofelia Canez It is our loss in our South Phoenix Community to lose such a good man. For many years Jimmie was our superhero. He was always available to support all the efforts of our community and veterans. He volunteered on many campaigns and was true to our party. He personally helped our family as he would open up his computer lab all hours of the night for school kids that did not have computer access. My sons success at Brophy College Prep and Stanford University was due to the neighborhood help especially again Jimmie's generous offer of his computer lab...my son would even sleep over because he would do his homework late into the night. Jimmie and Norma have a very generous heart that also instilled in his kids. In behalf of the Canez Marin family we grant the family our greatest condolences and our everlasting love. May your days be blessed as you go through this journey. Our world was a better place with him in it. Thank you Norma and family.
over 1 year ago

Patty Lopez Awe! Norma and family I send my Condolences 🙏 so sorry to hear about Jimmie he was such good kind person and will always be in our hearts
over 1 year ago

Damian Castillo He was a champion for the SS !! He fought for what was right and needed for our community !! He was a soldier , a tio , a Tracher , and most importantly a friend !! God Bless you Jimmy !!! You certainly will be missed !! 🙏🏽👆🏽❤️
over 1 year ago

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