Henry L. Dojaquez Sr. passed peacefully at his home in Sonoita surrounded by family on July 15, 2021. He was 103 years old. A celebration of life will be held at the Sonoita Fairgrounds on August 28, 2021 at 1:00 pm.
Henry was born to Miguel and Felicitas Dojaquez on September 1, 1917 in Benson, Arizona. One of thirteen children of Mexican immigrants, Henry lived his entire life in and around Sonoita.
Henry lived during two World Wars, The Great Depression and countless other world events. From the front porch of his home where he lived for over 90 years, he watched the world transform and grow.
He worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression, opening up rural areas of southern Arizona. Later, he carved out a career with the Arizona Dept. of Transportation developing and maintaining highways and roads throughout Southern Arizona.
As much as he enjoyed operating a grader for the State, his true passion, like his father’s, was raising cattle and cowboying. After he retired, Henry went from riding a blade to riding a horse and cattle raising full time.
He was quick to laugh, and even quicker to prank friends, family, and even strangers – anyone passing through Sonoita was fair game. He was the patriarch of the family who passed on his knowledge of ranching and cowboying to generations of his family. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him.
He is predeceased by his two daughters, Paulette and Helen and granddaughter Kimberly. He is survived by his son Henry Dojaquez Jr., his daughter Mary Anne Hunt, 10 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, dozens of nieces, nephews and loving family members.