Jesus Antonio De Elena

January 21, 1939December 22, 2020

Jesus Antonio DeElena (Tony) passed away in his Stanfield home on Dec 22,2020

Tony was born in Mesa, AZ in 1939 He loved Arizona and made it his forever home.

He is survived by his partner Shelly Vanderwilt His Eight children David DeElena (Connie) Charles DeElena (Lisa) Darlene Lewis (Jim) Debra Ball (Billy) Jesus DeElena (aka Jay Jay) Ray DeElena (Shelby) Michelle DeElena (Michael) Tiffany DeElena (Gilbert) And by his two siblings Francisco (Frank) DeElena and Peter (aka Pete) DeElena (Diane) Tony also left an extensive legacy behind including 19 grand children & 13 great grand children.

Tony was one who danced to the beat of his own drum. “Normal” life was not an option for him. He made his own rules and lived freely. Life was a party and he was the host with the most. He always made everyone feel special & welcome.

Tony was fortunate to love several incredible women in his time here on earth. Those who knew him will never forget his wit, his charm, his drive, his humor and his generosity.

Tony loved to vacation & to eat at amazing restaurants. He had a passion for good food and fun adventures.

After proudly serving his beloved country in the US Navy He became a successful entrepreneur. First starting an air conditioning business in Tempe then finally opening Sociables night clubs around the Phoenix area.

Tony was fun loving & never took life too serious. He lived life to the fullest. He will be remembered for his infectious smile, hearty laugh and his “unconventional” pioneering spirit.

There will be a small service at Mariposa Gardens on January 21st, 2021


  • Celebration of Life

    Thursday, January 21, 2021


Jesus Antonio De Elena

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Jesus Deelena

December 30, 2020

I can honestly say i do miss you dad there was alot of bad times but i do remember the good times it sucks i was not able too say goodbye. Rest in peace Jesus Antonio Deelena i hope i do see u again when i get there love you Dad.