Family remembers life of Phoenix’s 1st Hispanic postmaster, who died from COVID-19 complications

Family members are remembering the legacy of Phoenix’s first Hispanic postmaster.

Humberto “Junior” Trujillo, who was born and raised in the Valley, has died due to COVID-19 complications. Trujillo was about to turn 62 in September 2020.

On July 16, FOX 10’s Justin Lum spoke with Trujillo’s family via Zoom. For them, it was so important to have Trujillo’s eight grandkids on as well, as he believed in family first. While the family is grieving his loss to the deadly virus, they also know Trujillo lived a full life.

“He was someone who pushed you constantly. He was really, really funny. He’s hilarious. He always pushed us to be the best that we could be,” said Mikayla Galindo, Trujillo’s daughter.

Galindo knows her father as the family motivator.

“I know he loved us a lot, and we love him and we’re gonna miss him,” said Jaxon Rideau, Trujillo’s grandson.

Galindo called her father’s work ethic admirable.

“Where he just grew up from a single mom off of 16th Street and Roosevelt, and it’s just an amazing story to see what he’s overcome and how he just pushed through,” said Galindo.

Trujillo, who worked 31 years for the United States Postal Service, became Phoenix’s Postmaster in 2015. At the time, Trujillo spoke with FOX 10 about how he helped build the post office near Van Buren and 48th Street before joining USPS.

“I am a brick builder by trade, and it’s funny because now I built the building, I actually worked in the building,” said Trujillo, during the 2015 interview. “It took about a year in 1994. I worked the back, I worked in the front, and now I’m working in the building as a postmaster.”

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