Willie F. Maya, 77, died May 19, 2013, in Phoenix.
He was born September 6, 1935, in Williams to Andres and Teresa (Fajardo) Maya. He grew up in Clarkdale and Flagstaff.
He served in the Marine Corps from 1954 to 1957.
Mr. Maya made a career with Magma Copper Company in San Manuel. He was an underground contract miner, then went on to track crew and cager. He was also involved with mine rescue. He retired in September 1987.
He came to Ajo from San Manuel in 1988 and made the community his home for the rest of his life.
Mr. Maya enjoyed sports and was head coach of the Mammoth Little League team The Clarks, coaching both of his sons, Bill and Gabriel.
His favorite pastimes were golfing, bowling, and bingo and he loved spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandsons.
In Ajo, he loved eating at Marcela’s and visiting with people.
He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
“He was an amazing father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle & friend,” said his family. “He will be greatly missed.”
Mr. Maya was preceded in death by his parents and by his brothers, Andy Maya Jr., Frank Maya, and Johnny Maya.
He is survived by his sons and daughter-in-law, Bill Maya Jr. of San Manuel and Gabriel and Angelique Maya of Mesa; daughters and sons-in-law, Dora and Sergio Magdaleno of Calipatria, California, Joanne and Cosme Martinez of Tucson, and Marisa Maya of San Manuel; brothers and sister-in-law, Joe and Lilly Maya of Tucson, George Maya of Glendale, and Jesse Maya of Glendale; sisters and brother-in-law, Helen and Rick Ivey of Tucson and Rosa Martinez of Glendale; grandchildren, Billy Maya III, Chris Maya, Christopher Martinez, Anthony Martinez, Daniel Maya-Acedo, Sergio Magdaleno, Tellito Magdaleno, Richard Maya, Allysa Maya, Dalia Maya, and Leticia Maya; and great-grandsons, William Jacob Maya IV, Jayden Alexander Maya, and Samuel Joseph Dominguez.
Services were held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Ajo. Interment was in the Ajo Cemetery with services by Father Nwachukwu and the VFW. Pallbearers were his grandsons Billy Maya III, Chris Maya, Christopher Martinez, Daniel Maya-Acedo, Sergio Magdaleno, Tellito Magdaleno, Anthony Martinez and Richard Maya.
Arrangements were made by Douglass Funeral Home.