Johnny D. Gamboa

7 marzo , 19317 noviembre , 2020

Johnny D. Gamboa, 89, of Glendale, Arizona entered into heaven on November 7, 2020. Johnny was born in Glendale, Arizona on March 7, 1931 to Petra (Diaz) and Alberto Gamboa, one of two sons. Johnny grew up in Glendale where he attended school and graduated from high school. In 1951 Johnny joined the Air force where he served for four years. He was very proud of his military service and this is where he learned in craft as a chef. After being discharge he secured a career at Luke Air force base where he served as a chef in the “Officer’s Mess” for 30 years. After retiring from Luke, he adventured into a family run business “Gamboa’s Bakery”, as the owner operator, for 25 plus more years, a proud Glendale merchant.

Johnny loved sports. ALL sports; football, basketball, baseball. He even played on the Glendale “Tigers” team for a while as the catcher. He loved cooking and preparing food, both as work and for his family. Johnny married the love of his life, Aurora, sometime after starting his first career. Both grew up in the same town and their parents had been friends for many years. Johnny and Aurora had never formally met, but then one-day he arrived at Aurora’s work place and the rest is history; and to this day, nobody knows for sure how Johnny knew how to find Aurora at work. He did tell people that he married the “Crème de La Creme”. Together they made a home and had three children, John, David and Patricia.

Johnny leaves his behind his only true love Aurora; his children – John Edward Gamboa, David Michael Gamboa, and Patricia Ann (Zack) Munoz: Grandcildren – Monica, John Isac, Desiree, Camille, Danielle, Talia and Alyssa; seven great grandchildren and many other close family and friends.

He is preceded by his parents Alberto and Petra and his brother Jesus Gamboa.

In lieu of flowers please make donations in Johnny's name to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Church in Glendale, Arizona.

Due to the increase of covid cases and social distancing, St. Louis the King will allow only 50 people to patriciate in The Mass.


  • Johnny
  • David
  • Carlos
  • Zack
  • Henry
  • John Isaac
  • Jesse
  • Dessi


  • Visitation

    miércoles, 18 noviembre , 2020

  • Rosary Service

    miércoles, 18 noviembre , 2020

  • Funeral Mass

    jueves, 19 noviembre , 2020

  • Graveside Service

    jueves, 19 noviembre , 2020


Johnny D. Gamboa

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Grace Macias

noviembre 10, 2020

I Share in your sorrow and mourn the loss of your loved one
My Deepest sympathy.

Elizabeth (Chavella) Garcia

noviembre 8, 2020

Way back this beautiful individual blessed my family with his talent and kindness...His bakery was hands down one of the best if not the BEST bakery around. My folks would drive from the south side of Phoenix to buy his wonderful breads and we were always welcomed with kind and top notch service. Humble and beautiful this man was! Years later I met his beautiful son David Gamboa at the tender age of 17...Thank you Mr. Gamboa for the tender memories and wonderful pastries (I can still smell) and thank you for bringing a beautiful individual into this world! May you rest in ETERNAL PEACE at the right hand of our FATHER GOD. 🙏🏼❤️🙏🏼...