Jose Edwardo (Eddie) Encinas, age 81 of Chandler, AZ, passed away peacefully, surrounded by loved ones, after losing his battle to cancer. Eddie was born on March 6, 1932 to Manuel and Cecilia Encinas in Chandler, AZ; eldest of 3 children. He graduated from Chandler High School in 1954. Eddie served in the Air Force as a Chaplains Assistant. He traveled the world while in the service but always returned to his hometown of Chandler. He retired after 24 years from Williams AFB in 1978. Eddie was very active in his community as a City Council member for the Chandler Housing & Human Rights Services & Commissions and being a board member for the Chandler Coalition for Civil & Human Rights. The Mayor of Chandler declared March 6th, on Eddie’s 80th birthday, as Eddie Encinas Day for his dedication and commitment to his community. Eddie was a man who truly cared about family and helping those in need. He is preceded in death by his parents Manuel & Cecilia and his granddaughter Amanda Rose. He is survived by his 5 children: Joseph, Crystalina (Tia), Victor (Rebecca), Angel (Tony), Brian (Christine); Brother: Albert; Sister: Clara; 13 Grandchildren and 4 Great Grandchildren. A Viewing will be held 9:00 AM, Friday, May 17th at Bunker’s Garden Chapel, 33 N. Centennial Way in Mesa; Rosary 11:00 with a Funeral Mass at 11:30 AM, Friday, May 17th at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church, 230 W. Galveston St., Chandler, AZ. Interment will follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Mesa.