Andrew Bustamante, 69, passed away on June 6, 2021. He was born May 17, 1952 in Miami, Az., where he was also raised. Andy achieved a Master of Education from Ottawa University.
He served three years in the United States Marine Corps and 20 years in the Army, where he held many prestigious positions before retiring in 1992. Andy took immense pride in his work and everything that he did. After retiring from the Army, he went on to fulfill a second career in education in the Phoenix Union High School District and then with the Gila River Indian Community where he taught all ages. Andy touched and influenced many young lives over his years as a teacher. When Andy wasn’t mentoring young adults, he loved to ride his bike and travel the world; he was always on the go with his wife of 24 years, Bonnie.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Natividad and Manuela Bustamante, and his daughter Andrea P. Bustamante.
He is survived by his wife Bonnie Bustamante, his sister Martha Bustamante, his brother Rick Bustamante, four stepchildren and 12 grandchildren.
Andy could meet a stranger and make them his friend in minutes. To know Andy was to love him. His sweet, upbeat and friendly spirit will be missed dearly by all who knew him.