Lakeshore Mortuary


Rudolph "Rudy" Gutierrez Avalos

February 4, 1935January 31, 2021

Rudolph “Rudy” Avalos, 85, went home to the Lord on Sunday, January 31, 2021 surrounded by his loving family just 4 days short of his 86th birthday. He was born in Phoenix, Arizona to Miguel and Josefa Avalos. He was raised in Miami, Arizona where he spent most of his life and where he met his wife of 60 years, Alicia Esparza Avalos. In 1980 he and Alicia moved to Tempe, Arizona with their 2 daughters.

Rudy was one of 11 children. He was known and loved for his kindness and generosity to his family and friends. Everyone he met, he called a friend and he always had time to lend an ear, a helping hand or just have a beer. Rudy had the patience of Job. He rarely showed anger or anxiety over anything.

After graduating from Miami High School, Rudy served in the U.S. Army then returned to Miami to continue working at the Inspiration Consolidated Copper Company for 30+ years. During his career with the copper mine, he received an apprenticeship in electrical instrumentation and the skills he learned would help him in his future jobs. In the 70’s Rudy took advantage of the G.I. Bill and attended Gila Pueblo Community College taking classes in history and photography. Rudy was a voracious reader and never stopped learning. He shared the love of books with his grandson who would bring Rudy books to read so they could discuss the content. After retiring from the copper mine, Rudy was not content to be retired so he attended refrigeration school and received a certificate to repair and maintain refrigeration units. Rudy and Alicia also purchased and operated a cleaning company for several years before selling the business. Then Rudy got a job with the State of Arizona as an electrical inspector for about 10 years.

Rudy was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. Rudy was always looking for ways to help his family. He would send home money to help his family while in the army and even gave his sisters a car, so they did not have to ride the bus. Rudy was blessed with 4 grandkids. He, along with Alicia, cared for their grandkids while their parents worked. Each grandchild had a special relationship with Rudy. He spent time with them, taking them to the park every afternoon, attending all their activities and teaching them about life.

Rudy was preceded in death by his wife, Alicia Esparza Avalos; his parents, Miguel and Josefa Avalos; his sisters, Esperanza Avalos, Maria Avalos and Margie Rodriguez; his brothers Miguelito Avalos, Alfred Avalos and Pris Avalos Sr. He is survived by his 2 daughters, Louisa Pedraza (Russell), and Alicia Thompson (Eric); 4 grandchildren, John Pedraza, Elisa Pedraza, Marisa Thompson and Jenalee Thompson; as well as his siblings, Julian Avalos (Suzy), Globe; Angie Alvarez, Phoenix; Vickie Encinas, Phoenix; and Mike Avalos (Susanna), Globe and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are being handled by Lakeshore Mortuary in Mesa, Arizona. A small Celebration of Life will be held at Chapel at the Farm (The Farmhouse Village), 397 S. Gilbert Rd Ste 110, Gilbert, AZ 85296 on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 1:00pm. The service will be available through livestream on Lakeshore’s Facebook Page for those who are unable to attend. The service will observe Covid-19 protocols; social distancing and masks will be required.

In lieu of flowers, please donate in Rudy’s memory to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower Street, Phoenix, AZ 85014 or online at


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Stephanie & Larry Moore

February 26, 2021

Although we didn't personally know Mr. and Mrs. Avalos, we have been blessed in our friendship and in the faith we share with their wonderful daughters Louisa and Alicia and in Mr. and Mrs. Avalos's amazing grandchildren!! There is no doubt that Mr. and Mrs. Avalos's love, values, kindness, and faith will live on in all those they loved on earth and will continue to love from heaven!! May Jesus bless and sustain you all and may the love that still surrounds you all see you through to brighter days.


February 25, 2021

I had the pleasure of being one of Rudys Phlebotomist, I became very found of him and his wife. One day Alicia said Im going to send my Daughter to see you, she is scared of blood draws. Then one day I saw a old friend, someone who I worked with back at 9-1-1, it was their daughter. They had reunited me with a old friend. I was able to keep on all 3 of them now. I was added to her FB page so I was able to feel like I was still connected with them when I left Sonora. I was heart broken when Alicia passed and then the wound was Ripped back open with Rudys. I take comfort in knowing he is out Lord and he and Alicia are back with each other and someday I will again see that heart warming smile.

Angie Hernandez

February 15, 2021

I had the privilege of meeting Mr. Avalos, he was such a sweet and kind man. He was pleasant to talk with and had such a nice smile. I could tell he was very proud of his family, especially his grandchildren. He will deeply missed. Lord please comfort and strengthen the family in this time of sorrow. 🛐❤

Jacqueline and Mort Ortega

February 12, 2021

Uncle Rudy was the kindest, loving Uncle. One cannot speak of Uncle Rudy without Aunt Alice as they both gave unconditional love to us and supported us through some of our most difficult days upon losing our Mom. The memories of our summers in Globe/Miami will live forever in our hearts. They always welcomed everyone into their home and treated us as if we were their children, offering advice, sharing recipes or spending time with a Coors or margarita. We miss them both terribly and our lives will never be the same. It was our privilege to know and love them. Louisa and Alicia, you will never be alone, we'll always be here for you and we love you.