Dcn. Eduardo Molina (1933-2018): West Valley deacon, patriarch across four generations

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Dcn. Eduardo Molina
Born: March 17, 1933
Ordained: Nov. 4, 1989
Service in the Diocese of Phoenix
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Glendale: Nov. 1989-July 1, 2000
  • St. Charles Borromeo, Peoria: July 2000-July 2010
Died: June 12, 2018

West Valley Catholics largely knew Dcn. Eduardo Molina as a devoted husband and father first then as a deacon. He peacefully passed into eternal rest June 12 at the age of 85.

Dcn. Molina spent nearly 29 years as an ordained servant of the Church, but far longer than that as co-head of his long-growing domestic church. The deacon raised 13 children with his wife, Lupe. Two of them preceded him in death. The Molinas have 27 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.

Dcn. Molina was born March 17, 1933 in Hanover, New Mexico. After serving in the Army, Dcn. Molina moved to Glendale and eventually to Peoria where Catholics in both parts benefited from his volunteer service as early as the ‘60s. He was ordained Nov. 4, 1989 and was among a class of 22 men. The deacon spent most of his time at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Glendale and St. Charles Borromeo in Peoria prior to his retirement. A work injury forced him into secular retirement. He spent 27 years operating machinery for a dairy.

He is survived by his wife Lupe, and eleven children; Eddie, Carol, Helen, Viola, Virginia, Ramon, Maryeva, Beatrice, Ernest, Rene, and Angela. He also had 27 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. Eduardo is also survived by nine siblings.