TUCSON - The man who started the annual Good Friday pilgrimage up "A" Mountain was laid to rest December 2, 2017.
David G. Herrera returned to Tucson after serving in World War II and saw a growing number of children and teens from the barrio in need of help. He used baseball to bring peace between gang members. Oury Park near St. Mary's and I-10 was changed to David G. Herrera and Ramon Quiroz Park in 2011.
Herrera used his faith to show underprivileged youth a different path. For 50 years, he helped organize the Procession de Viernes Santo. The procession would gather hundreds to haul a large cross to the top of Sentinel Peak on Good Friday.
He founded of Los Dorados Orphan League, an organization helps both low-income elderly people, as well as children. Oury Park near St. Mary's and I-10 was changed to David G. Herrera and Ramon Quiroz Park in 2011.
Nearly a hundred people attended his funeral. He was laid to rest at Holy Hope Cemetery. Herrera died on November 21 of kidney failure at 96.