Mark Anthony Coronado

April 14, 1958June 15, 2017

Mark Anthony Coronado, 59, born April 14, 1958, in Phoenix, Arizona, to Ruben and Caroline Coronado, passed away peacefully with his son at his side on Thursday, June 15th. Mark was known by friends and family as a cheerful, loyal man who was quick to offer his time and resources to help those in need. To the community, he was known as an ambitious, gifted leader who tirelessly worked to improve the quality of life for all families in the West Valley. In his formative years, Mark developed his passion for playing the game he loved, the game that would define his legacy, baseball. After his college baseball career ended, Mark took his talents to politics. He proudly served as an intern to the Minority Leader in the House, Congressman John Rhodes, in Washington DC. During this time, Mark said he learned the importance of compromise and cooperation from the Congressman, which served him well throughout his career. He then went on to mentor young men and women across the Valley as a dedicated baseball and softball coach for many years. In 1992, Mark began his successful career in parks and recreation with the City of Peoria. There, Mark gained the experience and made the connections necessary to begin work to make the dream of the Surprise Recreation Campus in Surprise, Arizona a reality. Mark was instrumental in bringing the Texas Rangers and the Kansas City Royals to their new spring training home. Beginning in 2000 and continuing until his passing, Mark served the people of Surprise as the Director of Community & Recreation Services Department, while simultaneously serving at various times as the Interim City Manager, Acting Economic Development Director, and Acting Communications Director. His pedigree and effectiveness as a leader made him a fitting and highly impactful President of the Cactus League from 2012-2016. Mark was honored to help facilitate the continued growth and development of spring training baseball throughout the Valley of the Sun. Mark also pioneered opportunities for children to participate in a wide-range of recreational sports and after school programs and successfully brought professional tennis to Surprise with the construction of the Surprise Tennis & Racquet Center, home to the CTCA Championships, and hosted Special Olympics for a number of years. Mark was instrumental in making the City of Surprise a sports destination. He was also a member of the Phoenix Regional Sports Commission, National Parks and Recreation Association, and Arizona Parks and Recreation Association. In 2015, he was recognized as one of the most influential businessmen in sports along with Michael Bidwell and Robert Sarver. Mark aimed to provide families of the West Valley safe places to create lasting memories including children with learning challenges through construction of Dreamcatcher Park, a fully accessible athletic field. Mark is survived by his son Matthew, sister Alice, and brothers Richard and Tommy. His service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary's Catholic Basilica, 231 N. 3rd St., Phoenix, followed by a procession to the St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2003 N. 48th St., Phoenix, and a reception at Coach's Corner Grill, 333 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to City of Surprise, Attention Surprise Sundancers, c/o Mark A. Coronado Youth Scholarship, 15960 N. Bullard Ave. Surprise, AZ 85374.


  • Funeral Service Thursday, June 22, 2017

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Alice Coronado-Hernandez

January 20, 2018

I miss you every day! So much is happening in your absence and you were so humble that you didn't want anyone to do anything. I hope you are looking down on us. It's the hardest thing I have gone through even harder than losing mom and dad. We love you! Til we meet again.

Chris, Tina, Ian, Katelyn, and Shealee Harkey

August 1, 2017

To the Coronado family, my wife and I just found out about the passing of Mark today. We are sad and heartbroken for your loss. We were neighbors with Mark for about four years in surprise. He was our family in Arizona and treated our children like his grandchildren. We loved him and will miss him more than most know. Goodbye for now Mark, we'll meet again one day. God bless you and your family.

Barbara Ornelas

June 25, 2017

My cousin Mark, I will surely miss you and I had wished that I had kept in touch with you and the family.may you rest in peace now and with your mom and dad

Carl Hanson

June 22, 2017

My condolences to Coronado family my prayers are with you. I have worked with Mark here the City of Surprise and Peoria. Mark was a smart man that help many citizens and the community. Thank you Mark for all the support you have given me in my career. God Bless, Carl Hanson

Margaret Lieu

June 22, 2017

My condolences to the family. Mark was key in helping the Art and Cultural Advisory Commission regain purpose in the city and supported us as we evolved to where we are today. His desire to preserve the quality of life and celebration of culture in the city are evident in many things throughout. Thank you for your dedication to Surprise.

Jeanne Blackman

June 22, 2017

I have known Mark for many years through my time as Community Relations Manager at APS and as a member of the Surprise Sundancers Board. He was such a visionary and always kind and caring to everyone he knew. Rest in peace my friend. May God grant peace to your family at this most difficult time....

June 21, 2017

To The Coronado Family: My heartfelt condolences to you at this time. I had the pleasure of playing softball for Mark for many years. He was a funny guy but a gentle giant that always thought about others. He will be missed dearly....May God give you the strength to get through this difficult time. RIP Mark Coronado! You will always have a place in my heart!

Carolyn Dryer

June 21, 2017

Mark was one of the first people I met when I returned to my hometown in 1996. We were neighbors, and then I learned he worked with the City of Peoria. He was just such a nice person. I feel very blessed that I knew him. He always talked at length about his son and the times they shared. Mark will be missed.

Doug Sandstrom

June 21, 2017

I had the pleasure of working with Mark for 10 years and of being his friend for the entire 17 years that I have known him. Mark is was passionate about his work, his family and his friends. His support and loyalty helped me through some great times and some not so great times. Mark will be missed more than he would have ever known.

Cathy Irvin

June 21, 2017

I am going to really miss him. I took care of him until the end. He will always be remembered in my heart.Cathy Irvin at First Light Home Health Care