Louis Alvarado Tovar, 83, passed away peacefully amongst his family at home on April 13, 2008. A native of his beloved Phoenix, he was the patriarch of La Famila Tovar, the last born child of Cayetano and Jacinta Tovar in 1924. Raised in the downtown area, he attended Monroe School and then later Phoenix Union High. After being unable to commit to military service during WWII due to a medical condition, he remained home to help care for his mother along with sister Auerilia. He later met and married his wife, Frances Villegas Avalos on June 29, 1958 at Immaculate Heart Church. Soon afterward, he began his career with the U.S. Postal Service. Working as a Mail Handler, he worked at several of the main post office buildings in the city before retiring after 27 years in 1987. He was most proud of his four sons: all who currently serve their community as police officers in Cities of Phoenix and Surprise, and of course his daughters-in-law; all whom he loved equally and claimed as his favorite. He was a man of great faith who considered himself blessed with his immediate and extended family and an infinite number of friends. Louie is survived by his beloved wife of almost 50 years, Frances; sons Louis Anthony wife Ofelia, sons Adrian & Elijah, David Edward wife Kathy, children Ernest, Vincent, Elizabeth & Andrew, Mark Anthony wife Betty, son Mark Jr & daughter Ana Maria, and Christopher Edward wife Becky, sons Jacob, Noah & Joshua. He is preceded in death by his two infant daughters, Veronica & Ana Maria; five brothers: Miguel, Cayetano, Ignacio, Paul and Peter; and three sisters: Mercedes, Connie and Aurelia. The Tovar Family wishes to express deep appreciation and gratitude to Hospice of the Valley for their compassion, benevolence and helpfulness. Funeral services arranged by Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home as follows: Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 17th at 5pm with Rosary Service following at 7pm at St. Matthew Catholic Church, 320 N. 20th Drive. Celebratory Mass will be held on Friday, April 18th at 9:00am at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 909 E. Washington. Burial service will immediately follow at St. Francis Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th Street. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of the Valley, 602-287-7000.