With the passing of Robert “Bob” L. Armendariz, tireless Hispanic community activist and humanitarian, Cinco de Mayo celebrations throughout Southern Colorado region will not be the same. The voice of a giant has been quieted. As founder and editor of Hispania News, Bob circulated his first issue on Cinco de Mayo in 1987 at Monument Valley Park. He was raised in a farming family in Sugar City, Colorado. First and foremost, Bob was a great citizen who proudly served his country in Vietnam. After his Vietnam service, Bob served as a Public Information officer at Fort Carson in the seventies. Following a career in the military, Bob worked in a variety of capacities at KKTV and in Colorado Springs.

Bob also served the Pikes Peak region with great distinction through volunteerism and civic engagement, including serving as president of the Pikes Peak Press Association. Bob had the vibrant energy of a human dynamo and a keen sense of humor that was both incisive and witty. Bob was tireless and relentless in fighting discrimination against Latinos and people of color in Southern Colorado. For years he battled with the white-dominated power structure and mainstream media. It was the constant uphill struggle for advertising dollars that may well have caused his sad, tragic and premature demise. The recent tributes of present and past leaders of this community ring hollow following his passing for he was vastly underappreciated when he was alive.

As publisher of the African American Voice, I am forever indebted to Bob for his invaluable assistance to help start this paper and inspiration through the years. The greatest tribute to his wondrous legacy should be to keep Hispania News alive. Bob taught us that in life there must be dignity and respect. He was the consummate role model for our youth of color. He was also a beacon of hope for our disaffected youth who often feel intimidated by the white power structure. Well done, Bob, may you rest in peace!

James Tucker
Publisher, African American Voice