State service honors Arizona's first Hispanic governor

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona's only Hispanic governor was remembered Saturday at a state memorial service.

Former Gov. Raul Hector Castro, who died last month at 98, was honored at an 11 a.m. service hosted by Gov. Doug Ducey in the old State Capitol rotunda.

Castro was a U.S. ambassador in three Latin American countries before and after he served as Arizona's governor for 2½ years in the mid-1970s.

Castro was a self-made man who overcame poverty and discrimination. He was born in Mexico and grew up in Arizona near the border city of Douglas.

A Democrat, Castro was the first Hispanic to serve as the attorney of Pima County. He also was a judge there.

He died in San Diego, where he was in hospice care.

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