By Glen Seeber
Clovis’ fleet-footed quarterback from the unbeaten 1973 championship team died Friday after suffering a heart attack, a family member said.
Mark Anthony Trujillo Sr., 47, of Clovis “was an excellent leader as a quarterback,” recalled Mike Prokop, who played football with him that season.
“That sucker could scoot,” said Randy Adrian, another teammate and a former Clovis athletic director and football coach.
“He was awesome. He could go and just do it. He was the best quarterback I ever saw,” said Phyllis Quintana, Trujillo’s sister.
“He was always a good kid — we were all kids back then,” Prokop said. “He was a jovial, likable kid. He ran the option extremely well.”
Trujillo was one of two starting quarterbacks on the team, Adrian said. “We went 14-and-0, and won the state championship. …
“I hadn’t seen him in a long time. His son played for us also — he was Mark Trujillo also — but that was several years ago. I only played with Mark, but I coached his son.”
The former football star was a supervisor for Frozfruit Corp.
Quintana said football was always her brother’s hobby, and he especially followed the Dallas Cowboys. “And he loved his Wildcats — once a Wildcat, always a Wildcat,” she said.
“But his passion in life was his children. He was just starting again,” she said.
Trujillo had four children — Mark Jr., 26, Kendra, 24, Francisco, 17 months, and Elena, 2 months.
Although his teammates didn’t see him often through the years, they were always glad when they did get together.
“We had a reunion back in 1993, and I got to see him then,” Prokop said. “He was always the same Mark. He will be sorely missed.”
Adrian said, “We were making plans for our 30th reunion. It’s a sad deal.”
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Clovis, with the Rev. Sotero Sena officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Muffley Funeral Home.