Valenzuela, Marco (Tony)
(1930 – 2015) Born in Patagonia, Arizona in 1930. Enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1950, serving four years, one year in Korea and Japan. Graduated from Arizona State University. Helped organize “EI Burrito,” a tortilla factory run by 40 elderly women in a low-income area of Tempe. Former director of the Head Start Program and established a Head Start Mobile Dental Unit to serve the program’s participants. Responsible for establishing a Veterans’ Recognition Day at the Arizona State Fair as well as a Veterans’ Booth at the fair to provide information on all topics of interest to veterans. A strong advocate leading to the establishment of the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, he also was a leader in the creation of an Arizona State Veterans Home. A former chairman of Unified Arizona Veterans, he was Department Commander of the American Legion in 1991 after joining the Legion in 1954. Served on Senator DeConcini’s committee to review applicants for the Military Academies.