Francisco Bustamonte Cota

September 4, 1942June 6, 2019

At final rest, Francisco Bustamante Cota passed away on June 6, 2019 after his battle with cancer, surrounded by his loved ones and his wife; the love of his life. Francisco was born in Peoria, AZ on September 4th, 1942 to Modesto Cota and Josefa Bustamante Cota. Peoria remained his home into his adult life and his workplace until his retirement from the Peoria Unified School District in 2005. Those who were fortunate enough to have known him were positively influenced by his generosity, patience, wonderful sense of humor, as well as a quiet strength that put those around him at ease with a calming sense of security.

Attending Peoria schools as he grew up, Francisco was known for his athletic and leadership abilities in baseball, basketball, and most notably lettering as a four-year varsity football half-back and team captain at Peoria High School earning the nickname “The Blur” from rival teams. During his academic career he attended Peoria Elementary, Peoria High School, and Glendale Community College. On July 8, 1962 Francisco married his high school sweetheart Maria Luisa (Mary) Sainz in El Mirage, AZ. During their time together, their union produced two wonderful sons; Francisco Modesto and Anthony Francis. Inseparable from the beginning, Francisco and Mary led a happy life focusing on their family and each other for nearly 57 years of marriage.

Always there to lend an ear, Francisco, or Cisco as he had come to be known as, was known as a great listener which encouraged his conversation partner to speak freely with confidence. Conversations with Francisco, because of his gift as a great listener coupled with his unique sense of humor, often led to his conversation partner leaving with a giggle, a smile, or the comfort of feeling their life was somehow a bit better. We all lost a truly charismatic, strong, loving, generous, humble and unimaginably resilient human being when he left us and he will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Francisco had one brother, Carmelo Cota, preceding him in death. Francisco is survived by his loving wife Mary Sainz Cota, his two sons Francisco (Alejandra) Cota and Anthony (Alisa) Cota, his eight grandchildren Kayla (Steven) Blanco, Randal Cota, Alyssa Cota, Marissa (Gary) Karbousky, Danielle Garcia, Trina Cota, Anthony Jr. Cota, and Annika Cota, and his four great-grandchildren Jazlyn Cota, Milliana Garcia, Mylah Garcia, and Marai Karbousky.


15 June


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

West Resthaven Funeral Home

Glendale, Arizona

15 June

Funeral Service

2:00 pm

West Resthaven Funeral Home

Glendale, Arizona


Francisco Bustamonte Cota

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Cindy Sainz-Garcia

June 13, 2019

Cota Family , our hearts are saddened by your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you all . 🙏🏼❤️ May you now be free of pain and Rest In Peace Uncle Cisco ❤️ Love, Teodoro & Cindy Garcia

Marissa Karbousky

June 11, 2019

Tata, I can’t believe that this is true. I feel like it was just the other day, that I gave you a hug and told you I loved you. It’s not fair.
I want to FaceTime you, and have Marai give you kisses. I want to see you rocking in the recliner. I want to sit and watch Jerry Springer and talk about all the weirdos together.

But most of all, I want you to not be in pain. I know now that you can’t hurt anymore, and that stupid cancer can’t touch you.

When I see you again, I’m going to tackle you, so be ready. I love you forever.

Debbie Meza (Sainz)

June 10, 2019

You will truly be missed Tio Cisco ❤

Christopher Sainz

June 10, 2019

Tio you will always be in my prayers, you will be missed. Love you. RIP❤️

Kayla Blanco

June 10, 2019

My grandfather will always be in my heart. It will be painful to no longer have him here with us and I know he wouldn't want me to worry over him. He was a good man, a man of his word, a man who would listen and offer advice when asked. A man many people looked up to for his strength and guidance. I love you Tata, you are my number one guy.