Mark Coronado, was known as an ambitious, gifted leader who tirelessly worked to improve the quality of life for all families in the West Valley. Mark began working with the City of Surprise in 2000. During his 17 years with the City, Mark served as the Director of the Community & Recreation Services Department, while simultaneously serving at various times as Interim City Manager, Acting Economic Development Director and Acting Communications Director, as well as an executive board member and past president of the Arizona Cactus League Association.
He was instrumental in bringing the Texas Rangers and the Kansas City Royals to their Spring Training home in Surprise. Mark also pioneered opportunities for children to participate in a wide-range of recreational sports and after school programs and hosted Special Olympics for a number of years. Mark aimed to provide families of the West Valley safe places to create lasting memories including children with learning challenges through the construction of DreamCatcher Park, a fully accessible athletic field. In 2015, he was recognized as one of the most influential businessmen in sports along with Michael Bidwell and Robert Sarver.
Mark was committed to making recreational programs accessible and affordable to all youth. He believed that all youth should have the chance to participate in some form of recreation regardless of their ability to pay. The Mark Coronado Youth Scholarship Fund will offer scholarships to assist local youth who would like to participate in recreational programs but are unable to due to economic constraints.
If you would like to make a donation to the Mark Coronado Youth Scholarship Fund:
Make checks payable to Surprise Sundancers
c/o Mark Coronado Youth Scholarship Fund
15960 N. Bullard Ave.
Surprise, AZ 85374