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Parade winners named

for ‘Tale of Two Cities’ Judges have picked three winners from among the more than 80 entries in the “Tale of Two Cities” parade Feb. 25. The event, which featured marching bands, balloons and floats, was hosted by Avondale and Goodyear to mark the centennial of Arizona statehood. An estimated 5,000 people attended the parade and the ensuing festival at Estrella Mountain Community College. The parade winners are: • Best Appearance: U.S. Naval Sea Cadets and the USS Arizona replica.

• Most Entertaining: Avondale Fire & Rescue Synchronized Pavement Divers. • Best Adaption of Theme: Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge-Phoenix chapter.

Pre-construction meeting set for

Northern Parkway County transportation planners will gather in Waddell to discuss construction plans and answer questions about a major east-west roadway in the West Valley. The public informational meeting is set for 5 to 7 p.m. March 7 at Falcon Dunes Golf Course, 15100 W. Northern Ave., east of Reems Road. At issue is the Northern Parkway, a six-lane roadway that will connect Loop 303 and Grand Avenue along a general Northern Avenue alignment. The first phase, a connection between Sarival Avenue and Dysart Road, is set for completion by spring 2013.

Goodyear police to battle Phoenix firefighters

firefighters during a charity basketball game in downtown Phoenix.

In addition, children will be able to shoot baskets on the main floor of the arena and meet the Phoenix Suns Gorilla.

Goodyear police will do battle with Phoenix

The “Battle of the Badges” is hosted by the Arizona Fire Chief’s Association. It is set for 1 to 4 p.m. March 11 at the U.S. Airways Center.

Proceeds will go to the 100 Club of Arizona, a group that benefits the families of fallen police officers. There will be a $10 entry fee and no charge for children 12 and younger. There will be free parking in the Jefferson Street garage, organizers said. For information, contact Rachel St. Moritz at 602-485- 0100 or online at

Homero Jacinto Amador Homero Jacinto Amador, 70, of Phoenix and formerly of Avondale died Feb. 24, 2012. Mr. Amador was born July 22, 1941, in Mexico. He is survived by his wife,


Services were held Wednesday at St. Simon and Jude Catholic Church in Phoenix. Interment was at Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements were made by Advantage Crystal Rose Funeral Home in Tolleson.

Homero Amador

Aaron Deon Donald Aaron Deon Donald, 35, of Avondale died Feb. 18, 2012, at West Valley Hospital in Goodyear. Mr. Donald was born Feb. 28, 1976, in Portland, Ore., to Aaron C. and Joyce Mullen. He moved to Arizona in 2006, and was an entrepreneur and business owner, acting as CEO of his company, Designer Accessories & More. He was a member of the Order of Masons and the Abundance of Truth Ministries Church of Phoenix.

Mr. Dubon was born Jan. 16, 1980, in Honduras. He is survived by one son, Christian; his parents, Melecio and Elizabeth; one brother, Julio Cesar; and one sister, Elizabeth. Visitation is at 9 a.m. today

at Advantage Crystal Rose Chapel, 9155 W. Van Buren St. in Tolleson, with a funeral service to follow at 11 a.m. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, 10045 W. Thomas Road in Avondale.

Christian Dubon

He is survived by his wife, Kasha L. Hatcher; one daughter, Arieona; seven sons, Andre, Aaron Jr., ShonGlen, Nijale, Derrieon, Deon and Aaron Josiah; his parents, Aaron C. and Joyce Mullen; and one sister, Shalonda Lawrence.

Avenidas Funeral Chapel, 522 E. Western Ave. in Avondale. The Rev. Freddie Scott will officiate. Condolences can be sent to the family at www.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Aaron Donald

Maxey Luper Garcia Maxey Luper Garcia, 89, of Buckeye died Feb. 21, 2012, at his home. Mr. Garcia was born Sept. 21, 1922, in Glorieta, N.M., to Nestor Sr. and Nicolasa Lujan. He served in the Army during World War II. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge under Gen. George S. Patton. He received a Purple Heart and numerous other medals. He later joined the Air Force and was honorably discharged after 14 years of service from both branches. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans. He is survived by five daughters, Marguritte L., Monica Ochoa, Jessica Garcia Ochoa, Gracie Verduzco and Lisa Womble; two sons, Max Jr. and Roldulfo; three sisters, Ruth Medows, Jenny Baker and Frances Routhine; more than 20 grandchildren; and more than 20 great-grandchildren. Services were held at Thompson’s Valley West Funeral Chapel in Goodyear.

Maxey Garcia This obituary is being reprinted to correct information.

Christian Gerardo Dubon Christian Gerardo Dubon, 32, of Litchfield Park died

Feb. 17, 2012.

Walter Alfred Kunze Walter Alfred Kunze, 72, of Avondale died Feb. 21, 2012, at Glendale Valley West Hospital from complications after heart surgery. Mr. Kunze was born Dec. 15, 1939, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Herbert and Gertrude. He moved to Arizona in 2008.

(See Obituaries on Page 22)


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