Obituary for Henry Estrada

Henry P. Estrada passed away on Jan. 26, 2021 surrounded by his loving family at home at the age of 66 years.  Henry was born on May 20, 1954, in Thatcher, to parents, Henry and Librada (Libby) Estrada, along with his siblings, Gloria, Danny, Kathy, Victor, Art, Rudy, and Patsy.

Henry graduated from Safford High School in 1972, where he lettered in baseball. He went to EAC, majoring in auto mechanics. In 1975, he married Kathy Angle and together they had three beautiful children, Laura, Jennifer, and John Henry. 

He started in the construction field early on working building highways with the powder crew. In 1980, he started driving trucks cross country with his father-in-law, Melvin Angle (Angle’s Trucking). In the middle of this, he became an electrician working with Rocking D Elec. In 1995, he was offered an opportunity to travel overseas and work on the first demil at Johnston Chemical Agent Disposal System until it was completed in 2002. He then continued in this field and served as Superintendent at Umatilla Army Depot, Hermiston, Oregon, until all mustard gas was destroyed. In 2013, he took his last assignment in Richmond, Kentucky, at the Blue Grass Army Depot.  In March of 2019, he suffered a massive stroke. He moved back to Kennewick, Washington, to be with his children and grandchildren. He has always been an avid hunter, following in his father’s footsteps. He is now hunting on his favorite mountain chasing the white tails that got away.

Henry Estrada

Along with his wife of 46 years, he is survived by his children, Laura Sloan (Brian Carman), Jennifer Nelson (Jason), and John; his son-in-law, Steve Sloan and daughter-in-law, Jessica Anderson. He is also survived by Shirley and Loy Evans, his mother and father-in-law; his lovely grandchildren, Brooke and Brittany Sloan, Maylee Estrada, and Cameron and Jordan Nelson, as well as numerous nieces and nephews who loved their Uncle Hippo and his favorite cat who has traveled with him, Sister. 

He was preceded in death by his father, Henry; mother, Libby; his brother, Danny, and his sister, Patsy.

A private celebration of his life will be held at a later date. 

 Arrangements are under the direction of McDougal’s Caldwell Funeral Chapel & Gila Valley Crematory.  Online condlences may be extended at