Cipriano “Cipi” M. Frasquillo

Cipriano “Cipi” M. Frasquillo, age 82, a former resident of Clifton and Morenci, Arizona, returned to his heavenly home, Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at Haven of Safford, in Safford, Arizona.

Cipi was born in Morenci, Arizona, on November 25, 1934, to Estephana Miranda and Neuponuseno Frasquillo and was the third youngest of 18 children. Cipi attended school through the seventh grade. He left school to go to work to help support his mother and siblings. Cipi married and subsequently divorced Dolores Melendez (1955-1971) and together they had five children.

As Cipi was working and raising his children, he met and fell in love with the woman he would call “Lady”, Dolores “Bobby” Peralta. They began their beautiful life together, as a blended family, on August 12, 1974 and on May 10, 2012 they were married in the Catholic church. Together, they worked hard, supported their children, enjoyed time with family and friends camping, hunting and fishing, attended every sporting event, musical event, community event and, they loved each other with their whole heart and soul.

On December 1, 1996, Cipi retired from Phelps Dodge Morenci Mine (July 20, 1956 – December 1, 1996), where he had worked as a truck driver and truck shop maintenance man. He continued to work, in his community, as a gardener for many people and shared his time, talent and treasure with his church, Sacred Heart, and with the “Community Helpers” and “Community Fundraisers”, or wherever else someone was in need. Cipi never met a stranger. He had a friendly, giving heart and was always ready to lend a hand.

Cipi was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings, except Lorenzo Frasquillo, and his granddaughter, Ashley Peralta.

Cipi is survived by his wife of 42 years, Bobby; nine children, Christine “Chris” (Rudy) Garcia, Cathy Frasquillo, Ed Frasquillo, Dolores “Deedee” (Rob) Chappell, Ernest “Ernie” (Julia) Frasquillo, Lydia (Doug) Purdom, Corinne (Steve) Linton, Elfego “Fego” (Traci) Peralta, Elizabeth “Liz” Peralta; fifteen grandchildren twelve great-grandchildren. and one brother, Lorenzo (Eva) Frasquillo.

Burial Services: Father Martin Atanga
Sacred Heart Church, Clifton, AZ
Friday, May 19, 2017

Viewing 8:00 am. A Rosary will be prayed at 9:00 am., by David Esquivel and his Catholic service will be immediately following at 10:00 am, at the Sacred Heart Church, Clifton, AZ. Cipi will be entered into rest at the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Morenci, AZ.

Our family would like to thank each and every person that provided care and comfort to our parents during this time. They are blessed to have lived in such a loving community. We are grateful and thankful for the care, comfort, compassion and love the entire staff of Haven of Safford provided.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the Community Helpers, Sacred Heart Church, Clifton, Arizona.

Arrangements are under the direction of McDougal’s Caldwell Funeral Chapel & Gila Valley Crematory. Online condolences may be extended at