Fred Delgado joined his beloved wife in God’s Kingdom on December 20, 2020 due to complications of Covid 19. He joins his Mother, who also recently succumbed to this horrible virus, Father and Sister (Irene) who proceeded him. The son of Lydia and Santos Delgado, Fred was born on February 20, 1955. Fred retired from Century Link with over 30 years of dedicated service. He was also a beloved soccer coach and trainer for 40 years.
Fred was part of a family of 4 sisters: Rosa (Manuel), Flora, Gracie, Irene and three brothers: Santos (Roberta) John (Pam), Joe (Francis). Once he started, he could tell hours of stories about his childhood, growing up in Casa Grande, his uncle’s farm in Stanfield, traveling throughout the west with the farming camps and the unbelievable stories of chaos he and his siblings would cause. One of his favorite events was the Annual Delgado Family Christmas Party where he could catch up with everyone, crack jokes and admire the love shared throughout the night. Throughout his childhood he was taught to value hard work, loyalty, determination and the importance of family. Those were key values, among many, he instilled in the people he loved, including his own children.
His family was at the heart of his life. He didn’t admit it many times publicly, but his brothers and sisters were his anchor, always there for advice, a laugh and unconditional love. He created great memories with his in law family through youth sports, celebrating kids events, sharing great food, family vacations and the always entertaining family parties to name a few. He took joy in the relationships with his many nephews and nieces, some he was able to coach, some he had a parental influence and others he admired their accomplishments from afar.
Fred was married to the love of his life and best friend, Sandy, for 46 years. They met when he was 15, started dating when they were 17 and married at 19. He joked he only dated her for her Nova, but we all know, they were soul mates from the moment they met. Their marriage withstood the ups, downs and trials of life. They were best friends, creating lasting memories and later in life, rediscovering their love and passion for one another. Their carinos, jokes and own language made people laugh and were the basis of many great stories. Their marriage served as a great example of true love, consistency, loyalty and longevity. They loved one another until their last days, entering the hospital together, then later joining each other in heaven only two weeks apart from one another.
Together they had three children, Freddy, Richard (Kaitie) and Jennifer (Matt). His father had a great influence over Freddy as he followed in his Dad’s footsteps and became a coach. They shared great memories on and off the field, traveling throughout the world coaching, playing and enjoying time together. He respected Richard for his bravery, courage and the father he became. He talked about visiting Richard and his family more often, especially excited to watch his grandson Gavin compete in wrestling, just like Papa. During conversation, he described how the birth of Jennifer changed his life. It made him look at the world through a different lens, softened him, allowed him to take his life in a new direction. He had a special and unique relationship with each of his children.
He experienced an indescribable joy when he became a grandfather. Papa was always ready to give a hug, kiss or tickle, sneak a sugary treat, buy a present, sneak away for some fun or somehow find a way to spoil his six grandchildren (Jayden, Emma, Gavin, Sophia, Stella Rose and Wyatt).
He made an incredible impact in his community through his coaching career. He was a cherished part of the Arizona soccer community since 1980. His earliest coaching experience began with Spitanly Soccer Club. Fred then continued successful ventures with numerous clubs but not limited to Santos, Cisco, Sereno, Blackhawks, Phoenix Rising, St. Mary’s HS, Southpoint HS and the Steamboat Soccer Academy. He served as a mentor and coach at all levels including club, high school, junior college and NAIA. His commitment, dedication and hard work were rewarded with both club and high school state championships. He was one of the earliest members of the coaching staff at CCV Stars. And he was also part of the inaugural coaching staff for the Women’s Soccer Program at Arizona Christian.
His coaching style was similar to his approach in life. He could be demanding and tough, but everything he did was out of love and to make each individual the best version of themself. He was known for giving his players their own nicknames, with each team having a few classics like the Terminator, Fozzie Bear, Jake from State Farm and Pedro Blanco among many others. It was heartwarming to see a grown adult approaching Fred at a mall, soccer field or in public, greeted with a hug and a smile as they reminisced about the days when he coached them, the lessons he taught and the love he gave.
Fred was known for his friendliness, smile, sense of humor, quick one liners, extremely giving nature and a warm up suit for every occasion. His bright and friendly personality was known to start conversations with complete strangers. He rarely met a person he didn’t enjoy. And after most conversations, he left people a little happier.
Fred’s lasting legacy will be his family and the several hundreds, maybe thousands, of players he worked with over 40 years. He once commented that he lived a great life if he was able to pass along a smile, a warm heart or a little joy to share with the world.
Services are currently postponed and will be announced in the near future.
Still heartbroken over this news. He will be SO missed by all who knew him. Honored to have called him “FRIEND”
A beautiful tribute. Much love and condolences to the entire family
I’ll miss your smile and goofy anecdotes on the soccer field, my friend! Take care of that great pitch in the sky, and remember what they used to do back in the day…
We will all miss “Fred Senior”! You were an amazing gentleman. We were so fortunate, here in Steamboat Springs, Colorado to have you join us every July as a part of the Steamboat Soccer Academy Family. You made everyone at SSA feel so very special. We will truly miss you. We will honor you by providing an “SSA Fred Senior Memorial Scholarship” every year to one boy and one girl to attend the Steamboat Soccer Academy. Requirements for the recipients will be 1). To have an amazing spirit. 2). To give a 100% on and off the field. 3). To love cookies so much that you take the last 1/2 dozen from the cafeteria to your dorm room for a midnight snack. 4). Snore so loud that you will wake your roommate up! 5) Enjoy life and laugh so hard that it will bring tears to your eyes!………all things Fred Senior did very well!
Good Bless You Fred and the Delgado Family.
Freddy will always be remembered as an amazing coach and wonderful influence on our boys. He was the first trainer we brought in at CCV and he was the best. We only have fond memories of all the great times we spend with him on the soccer field. My heart goes out to you. Having lost both of my parents this pain is all too familiar. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
He was such a warm person with an inviting smile & heart. I’ll remember most how he called me mija & always jokingly said he’d pray for me when Freddy & I were together. My deepest condolences to the family & all those whose lives he touched. To know him was to love him & he will be so missed!❤️
Our condolences to this whole family. First met fred when his daughter and our son Craig were friends in high school and found out he worked at the phone company also. He was a nice and caring man. It was a joy to know him.
Carmen Guerra Abril
I went to Carl Hayden High School with Fred and his brother Joe. Fred was a very nice, smart, and funny guy. My deepest condolences to the family for all their losses. May Fred, Sandy and the other family members who passed Rest in Peace
Much love to your family. Thinking of Freddy on his birthday. He was my son’s first coach and taught my daughter at summer skills for years. He was such a lovely man. He made the world brighter.
I am so sorry for your loss. Condolences to the whole family.