Rudy Valenzuela, long-time Queen Creek restaurateur, dies

Rudy Valenzuela, the namesake of Rudy’s Restaurant, 21824 S. Ellsworth Road in Queen Creek, died Friday, Feb. 5.

“Rudy’s is a long-time fixture in our town having been open for over 40 years (QC has only been incorporated for 27 years),” Queen Creek Councilman Jeff Brown posted on his Facebook page this  morning. “We pray for his wife Toni, their two children, grandchildren and great grandchildren… that they might be comforted by so many fond memories of Rudy and be lifted by our collective thoughts.”

Rudy’s Restaurant has been open since 1975, according to “Images of America: Queen Creek” by Sylvia G. Acuna. Mr. Valenzuela was named Volunteer of the Year in 1996, according to the book.

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Mr. Brown did not know if services had been planned yet. A phone call to the restaurant was not answered. Information had not yet been posted on the restaurant’s Facebook page or website.

“As I’ve shared the sad news with our community, I have been strengthened by the outpouring of love and thanks for Rudy’s life and the positive impact he’s made in the community. It’s been so nice to hear from folks who’ve been touched by his generosity in support of local PTO’s, sports groups and scouting over the years. That is the type of community involvement that benefits each of us individually and even has huge societal implications,” Mr. Brown said in a message to the Queen Creek/San Tan Valley Independent.

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