Robert John Minitti
Robert John Minitti
  • January 9, 1940 - June 29, 2014
  • Chandler, Arizona

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Robert J. Minitti, 74, passed away peacefully at his home on 6/29/14 after a courageous 8 yr. battle with a rare form of cancer. His positive attitude and fighting spirit were admired by all who knew him. Sheer willpower carried him through the last few days. Robert was born in Windber, PA to Carl and Helen Minitti. He graduated from ASU where he played football under Coach Frank Kush. He taught P.E. and coached in the TUHSD before going to Mesa Community College in 1972 where he coached football and wrestling. Bob was the defensive coordinator for the MCC football teams that won two National Junior College Championships and five conference titles in a span of 10 yrs. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Joe. Bob is survived by his wife of 51 yrs., Kathleen; children Michelle and Michael (Julia) and grandchildren Sydney, Zachary and Ewan; sisters Catherine Flori and Eleanor Milazzo; brothers Carl, Jr., Alfred and Pat. He was an avid golfer and bass fisherman who was happiest whenever he could launch his boat at Roosevelt Lake and enjoy the natural beauty of the area. Catching some four pounders made for a really good outing!! Bob loved family get togethers, especially crab feasts and holiday dinners. "YoYo" adored his grandchildren and beamed with delight as he watched them run around the house laughing and playing. Visitation will be held from 5-8 P.M. Monday, July 14th at Carr-Tenney Mortuary, 2621 S. Rural Rd., Tempe, AZ. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 A.M. on Tuesday, July 15th at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, 3450 W. Ray Rd., Chandler, AZ. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob's memory to St. Vincent de Paul Society ( or Hospice of the Valley ( would be greatly appreciated.
Arrangements under the direction of Carr-Tenney Mortuary, Tempe, AZ.