Frank Barrios holds a civil engineering degree from Arizona
State University. He began his career by working on the Central
Arizona Project and was a hydro engineer for the Arizona
Department of Water Resources prior to his retirement in 1998.
Phoenix native, Frank's roots go deep in Arizona. He is a
grandson of Martin Gold, who came to Arizona in 1879, and his
wife Dolores Martinez.
Frank received a Hon Kachina award in 2002 for his volunteer
work with St. Vincent de Paul. He is a member and past president
of the Pioneers' Cemetery Association, Inc.
In 2006, Frank joined a team of researchers on a city-sponsored
survey that identified historic properties with ties to
Phoenix's hispanic population for the purpose of preserving
them. While interviewing long-time hispanic residents, he
collected many family stories and photos. These became the basis
for his book, Mexicans in Phoenix, published in 2008 by
Frank frequently addresses community groups on the subject of hispanic pioneers in the early history of Phoenix. He continues to be active in diocesan affairs and was recently elected president of the Phoenix chapter of St. Vincent de Paul.
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