Francisco Julio Esquibel was recalled to heaven on Tuesday, July 17, 2007, in Las Vegas. He was 88. He was born Jan. 10, 1919, at the Soto Ranch in Mohave Valley, the second of five sons and six daughters to Merechildo Esquibel and Dora (Padilla) Esquibel. He was joined in holy matrimony to Mercedes Rosa (Zozaya) Esquibel in April of 1938. They shared 59 years of life, loving and caring, for each other, while raising four children, Frankie, Manuel (Chicken), Fermin and Mary Ellen.
Mr. Esquibel was a stellar all-around athlete, captaining both the football and basketball teams, graduating Mohave County Union High School in the class of 1937. After graduation, Mr. Esquibel went to work as a laborer on the construction of Central Commercial Lumber Yard. Once the lumber yard opened, he went to work there; in a remarkably short time he was promoted to general manager, working 42 years under three generations of the Gates family. Once Central Commercial closed their business, Mr. Esquibel purchased the lumber yard, later joining with the Claypool family in opening Arizona Building Materials. He spent the latter part of his life working with the Kingman Fire Department for 15 years before retiring. He was also a longtime member of Mohave County Sheriff Reserve. Mr. Esquibel was a member of several groups, The Knights of Columbus as a Grand Knight and District Grand Knight, also the B.P.O.E. Elks, and American Legion. Mr. Esquibel will always be remembered for his involvement with the youth of our community in a positive, character-building program known as Little League Baseball. This milestone in his life will reflect in this community forever. It would be difficult to enumerate the number of children who have benefited through his volunteer efforts of 32 years with Little League Baseball, finalizing in his role as district administrator of Little League Baseball.
Mr. Esquibel was preceded in death by his parents, Merechildo Esquibel and Dora (Padilla) Esquibel of Kingman, also his lifetime partner and loving wife of 59 years, Mercedes Rosa (Zozaya) Esquibel, his brother, Trinidad Esquibel, and his sisters, Helen Montes, Mary Mendoza, Lola Banegas, Pearl Banegas and Dora Bell Esquibel.
Mr. Esquibel is survived in life by his brothers, Raymond Montes, Lawrence Esquibel and Butch Esquibel; sons, Frankie (Naomi) Esquibel of Bullhead City, Manuel (Peggy) Esquibel of Kingman, Fermin (Manuela) Esquibel of Kingman; daughter, Mary Ellen (Donald) Kulina of Phoenix; grandchildren, Joey Esquibel, Steve Esquibel, Danny Esquibel, Monë Smith, James Esquibel, Dora Weyermiller, Robert Esquibel, Michael Esquibel, Antonis (Toni) Goldberg, Ramona Cantu, Gabriel Esquibel, Fermin Esquibel and Brian Kulina; and several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives. Mr. Esquibel will be missed and forever cherished in our hearts.
Visitation for Mr. Esquibel will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 22, at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, 302 E. Spring St. Services will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 23, also at St. Mary's. Burial will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 24, at Mountain View Cemetery.