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Salt Lake City Hispanic Community Activist Frank Cordova Dies

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Salt Lake City Hispanic community activist Frank Cordova passed away Monday evening following a battle with cancer. He was 57 years old. As President of Centro Civico Mexicano, Cordova was often seen in the community wearing his black “I Could Be Illegal” T-Shirt. Archie Archuleta, president of the Utah Coalition of La Raza, a civil rights advocacy group says Cordova’s forceful voice will be missed.

“The community at large has lost a real presence and a person who cared and a person who was an activist and a person who spoke up for the rights of those who might not have a voice,” Archuleta says.

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams says Cordova was relentless in his efforts to make sure needy families food on the table for Thanksgiving, even delivering meals himself.

“It’s something that when I think of Frank I’ll always remember that turkey drive and I hope to see it continue,” the Mayor says.

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Mural from Centro Civico Mexicano

McAdams says an important voice has been lost with Cordova’s passing.

“His family should be proud that Frank’s work will continue in the hands and in the voices of the people he has mentored over the years,” says McAdams.

Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced. Condolences to family and friends can be emailed to 

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