John V. Soto

John V. Soto, 68, of Yuma died at his home on Oct. 20, 2007, from complications due to a stroke. He was born July 11, 1939, in Ajo, Ariz.

John graduated from Ajo High School in 1957 and came to Kingman in the early '70s. He worked for the Duval Mine for 20 years until it closed in 1981. He was the superintendent for the last 15 years. He then moved to Yuma, where he was the mining supervisor in a copper mine.

John is survived by his wife, Dolores; two daughters from Yuma, Sylvia (Ray) Garber and Gloria Santa-Cruz; one son from Kingman, John (Lisa) Soto; one sister from Phoenix, Melba Johnson; and six grandchildren, Nathan and John-Michael Soto, Robbie and Alexis Rosas, David Santa-Cruz and Jennifer Garber. He was preceded in death by his parents, Augustine and Augustina Soto; two brothers, Augustine V. Soto and Jose V. Soto; and one sister, Elena Vega.

Visitation will be at 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26, at Douglass Funeral Home, Ajo, with the wake and Rosary to follow at 6. The service will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, at Immaculate Conception Church in Ajo with Father Peter Nwachukwa officiating.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Yuma and especially our "angel" on earth, his daughter-in-law, Lisa, for caring for "Dad" in his final days.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Hospice of Yuma.