John Modesto Luna

John Modesto Luna, a resident of Pima Arizona and a United States Navy veteran, passed into eternity on Friday, October 1st, 2021. He was being cared for at the Southern Arizona Veterans Medical Center in Tucson when he succumbed to complications from COVID-19. He was 71.

John was the second of four children born to Priscilla Bertoldo Luna and Modesto Luna of Safford. John is survived by his siblings, Patricia Gallegos and Gene Luna of Safford, Arizona, and Barbara Luna of Reno, Nevada, his daughters, Jennifer Luna of Tempe, Arizona and Melissa Luna of Brookline, Massachusetts, and his granddaughter Leila.

John graduated from Arizona State University with an MBA and held jobs as a truck driver, a computer programmer, and a teacher before he retired in 2019. He served 4 years as an electronics technician on Navy submarines.

John held a deep love of music and played many instruments including the piano, drums, violin, and guitar. He played with several bands throughout his life, from high school until the time of his passing. He was a lifelong learner with a curious mind and was always excited to study new subjects or learn new skills.

Friends and family will remember John as friendly, talkative, and caring. He held staunchly to his beliefs, earning him a reputation for being sincere, principled, and at times insufferably stubborn. He loved to share jokes with strangers and offer help whenever he could, be it assisting drivers stranded on the side of the road, helping friends move, or offering support to those in need. He will be missed.

A Celebration of John’s Life will be conducted Friday afternoon, October 8, 2021, at 2:00 p.m., at the Mount Graham Golf Club. John will be laid to rest at 4:15 p.m., at the San Jose Cemetery with military honors conferred by the Gila Valley Veterans Honor Guard.

A Rosary and prayers will be offered Friday afternoon, October 8, 2021, at 12:30 p.m., at the Vining Funeral Home, led by Vicki Quintero.

The family will receive friends Friday afternoon from 1:00 p.m. until 1:45 p.m., also at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family is raising money to cover funeral costs and a donation to a charitable cause in John’s honor. To donate to this collection, please visit the URL below:

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Arrangements are entrusted to Vining Funeral Home.