David Membrila can't escape mariachi music.
I only remember my father recounting this story two times, and both times were memorable. The first time was on Oct. 28, 2002, when he told me what happened when he arrived at work:
Carmen Membrila, 10, practices on the violin as her father, David Membrila, rehearses with Mariachi Chispa de Tucson at the Viva Performing Arts Center. The center recently revived a mariachi program that had been dormant for about 10 years, and it chose David Membrila to direct the effort. …
Liam Membrila follows his father's lead on a song. "I've already told him he could have my instruments when I die," David Membrila says. "Lately, I'm afraid to start tasting my own food."
Liam Membrila, left, A.J. Bang, Marchelon Wells, David Membrila and Stormy Marin practice a song. "When schools are eliminating art, music, dance, Viva is continuing to bring those to the forefront," David Membrila says.
David Membrila goes over guitar chords with A.J. Bang, right, and Liam Membrila, both members of the youthful Mariachi Chispa de Tucson.
David Membrila, who is also a school music teacher and sells real estate, marks up a music sheet for Anabel Nevarez, another member of Mariachi Chispa de Tucson.
David Membrila is flanked by his children, Carmen, 10, and Liam, 13, during a rehearsal session at the Viva Performing Arts Center, 4563 S. Park Ave.
Father's Day is coming up - only a week away. This is news to the one dad who resides in my house.
Andy Herr and his dad, Wendell Herr, of Dental Prosthetics Inc., confer on a diagnostic model in a work area in the Tucson office. The company also has a Mesa location.
Three generations operate Don's Hot Rod Shop: Don Toia Sr., left, grandson Don III and son Don Jr. The Toias have been selling high-performance auto parts since the 1970s. They are next to a 392 Chrysler Hemi Engine.
Howard Tuller and his father, Morton, have been in their family-owned trophy-shop business since 1955. Here they stand in their East 22nd Street location. Howard runs the day-to-day operations at two stores while Mort, 91, comes in to help out with trophy assembly.
In honor of Father's Day, the Star takes a look at some local father-son business partnerships to learn how they make it work.
Padres manager Terry Kennedy on his father and fellow ex-major-leaguer, Bob: "Whatever I did, he just wanted me to do it the best I could."
Terry Kennedy, congratulating Anthony Contreras on a homer, stayed in contact with his father throughout his playing career, often calling him to say he'd passed Bob in some category. Bob's reaction, always, was happiness for his son.
Bob Kennedy takes a practice swing on a baseball card from 1956, near the end of his 16 seasons in the major leagues. Although baseball supplied his livelihood, his wife and his kids were his life.
Before every Tucson Padres home game, manager Terry Kennedy sits at his desk and studies the large white board in his office, which lists all of his players and their positions.