Long-time Community and Recreation Services (CRS) Director Mark A. Coronado passed away, today. He was 59.
Mark was hired by the City of Surprise in 2000 to lead the CRS Department, which was a three-person team at the time. Under Mark’s leadership the department grew to manage all recreational programming, city parks, aquatics, library services, community/sports tourism special events, recreational facility development, Spring Training operations and national/international tennis events.
During his tenure with the city, Mark also held the roles of Interim City Manager, Acting Economic Development Director, Acting Public Works Director and Acting Communications Director.
“Mark Coronado’s legacy in Surprise will live on through the smiles of the thousands of children that play at our recreation campus- the campus that was built thanks to his leadership and vision,” says Mayor Sharon Wolcott. “I’ll never forget the look of pride on his face at a Cal Ripken baseball event when he saw the hundreds of young athletes walk the bases at Surprise Stadium. He was also at the forefront in attracting Spring Training here which helped to shine a spotlight on our city to baseball fans across the country. Our hearts are heavy at City Hall and we send thoughts and prayers to Mark’s family.”
Prior to his service in Surprise, Mark worked as a Recreation Supervisor for the City of Peoria for eight years.
He was a member of the Phoenix Regional Sports Commission, National Parks and Recreation Association and Arizona Parks and Recreation Association.
Mark also served as the Cactus League President for two consecutive terms from 2012 - 2016.
He is survived by his son Matthew, sister Alice and brothers Richard and Tommy.