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Carlos “Buddy” Frances Cota

February 7, 1936 — August 3, 2022


Carlos “Buddy” Frances Cota, a dedicated pillar of his community, passed away on August 3, 2022. He was born on February 7, 1936. Carlos dedicated numerous years to working at the family business, Carlos Cota’s Fine Furnishings, where his passion and hard work shone through every project he undertook.

Not only known for his professional acumen, but Carlos was also a devout individual who attended mass at Sacred Heart Church for decades. His faith was unwavering, dating back to the days of Bishop Moreno and Father Terrence Sheridan.

Carlos valued education and was a proud alum of Nogales High School and the University of Arizona. His quest for knowledge was insatiable throughout his life.

Having been honorably discharged from the United States Airforce, Carlos exemplified bravery and commitment to his country. His patriotism was a core part of his identity.

Outside of work and service, Carlos found solace in the greens of Meadow Hills Country Club every weekend, sharing his love for golf with his nieces and nephews and imparting wisdom on navigating the sport with finesse.

Among his proudest accomplishments was being a founding member of the Nogales Trap and Skeet Club and a lifelong member of The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. These affiliations showcased his dedication to community service and camaraderie.

Carlos is survived by his daughter Carla P. Cota-Nazockdast PhD, son-in-law Ehssan Nazockdast PhD, granddaughters Ianna and Ava; as well as his brother Gene Cota. Although he has reunited with loved ones who have passed before him – sisters Evelyn Pesqueira and Betty Jo Damon, parents Carlos M. Cota and Francis Cota Leon – their memories will forever live on in his heart. Additionally, Carlos leaves behind numerous adoring nieces and nephews who cherished him dearly.

A Mass in memory of Carlos “Buddy” Frances Cota will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Nogales on June 29, 2024 with an interment with Military Honors at the Nogales City Cemetery. The service will be a testament to the impact he had on those around him during his remarkable journey through life.

Carlos will be dearly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him – a man whose kindness knew no bounds and whose legacy will continue to inspire generations to come.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Celebration of Life

Saturday, June 29, 2024

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Mountain (no DST) time)

Sacred Heart Catholic Church

272 N Rodriguez St, Nogales, AZ 85621

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Saturday, June 29, 2024

Starts at 12:30 pm (Mountain (no DST) time)

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