A.J. (Tony) Coco has served the Tustin Community for many
years in numerous capacities.
- Born in Rochester, New York.
- Spent 4th grade year in Denbigh, Virginia
- 3 ½ years of high school at Aquinas Institute, Rochester
- Graduated high school at Salpointe, Tucson, Arizona
- Odd jobs as curio store clerk, TV antenna installer, news
reader for Tucson radio station.
- Earned First Class Radiotelephone ticket, FCC
- Entered University of Arizona, interrupted program to
spend 2 ½ years aboard USS Iowa as Electronic Technician.
Ports: Europe, Africa, Asia, South & Central America.
- Upon discharge, bought first (and last) motorcycle, took
off same day from Norfolk to Tucson, traded for Ford in
Dallas for remainder of trip across desert.
- Graduated University of Arizona, BS in Electrical Engineering
[TAU BETA PI]
- Married, 2 kids born in Newport Beach, California - Moved
to Tustin, California in 1962 - Worked in aerospace as EE
and program control specialist. - Graduated Cal State Fullerton,
MBA [BETA GAMMA SIGMA] - Life member of MENSA
Elected Tustin City Councilman, then Mayor (eight years).
Conceived idea for putting message on reverse of all “Welcome
to Tustin Signs” : “Work where you must, but live in Tustin”.
At suggestion of Frank Greinke, then Chamber President,
added “…live and shop…”
Elected President of the Tustin Area Historical Society.
- Named Chairman of Tustin Chamber Legislative Committee
- Officer and member of Tustin Host Lions Club (current)
- Graduated Western State University School of Law, Juris
- Passed US Patent Office bar and California State bar exams
- Lost life savings in First Pension fraud [3,000 investors
lost 99 million dollars]
- Awarded outstanding alumnus honors (Louis Slonaker Award),
University of Arizona
- Retired as Lieutenant Commander from Navy, full benefits
- Operated small patent, trademark, copyright practice;
- Member, Orange County Bar Association Administration of
- Chairman of Orange County Patent Law Association Legislative
- Have owned current residence in North Tustin since 1978
- Awarded Gold Star member of Orange County Sheriff’s Department
- Appointed to sheriff’s Professional Services Reserve
- Currently have 7 grandchildren
- Currently volunteer as reader/director for Recording for
the Blind and Dyslexic (RBD)
- Currently taking bagpipe and Hebrew lessons, traveling
and kayaking, not simultaneously.
- Practice Tai Chi Quan and do weekly NY Times Crossword
just to keep mind and body active.