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3435 North 1st Avenue
TUCSON, AZ 85719
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Mario Reyes

Mario Oscar Reyes Sr.

Thursday, August 15th, 1940 - Sunday, January 17th, 2021
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Mr. Mario Oscar Reyes Sr, 80, passed on January 17, 2021 at Tucson Medical Center in Tucson, AZ, from complications of COVID-19.

Mario was born in El Paso, TX on August 15, 1940. His family then relocated to Los Angeles, CA at age 4. He fondly remembered the train ride to California, over the rolling hills of Orange County, when Knotts Berry Farm was an actual farm, and there was no Disneyland-just orange orchards. He was a wonderful son and brother. He attended Garfield High School and graduated class of 1958.

Mario then joined the United States Air Force where he served for four years. While stationed at Davis Monthan Air Force Base he was introduced to the love of his life, Anita. They married six months later; this never-ending love lasted through 58 years of marriage and beyond.

He is survived by his loving wife Anita, two children, Marie (Jorge Piña) and Mario Jr (Maria Guadalupe), five grandsons and one granddaughter that adore him. He also leaves behind a brother and nieces and nephews. Not to forget his life-long friends from Magma Copper Mine, and his years playing and managing slow pitch softball. We cannot forget his favorite companion, his Pug “Frida”.

Mario worked as an underground miner at San Manuel BHP for 34 years and retired to become a great softball player and coach. He was proud of the hard work he did, and loved reminiscing about his years working in San Manuel, Arizona. His greatest accomplishments were being a loving husband, father and grandfather. He is remembered as a true gentleman, a man of few words, and someone that could always be counted on.

Memorial services are Thursday, January 28, 2021 at Abbey Funeral Chapel, at 9 am; however, due to COVID-19 restrictions only 10 immediate family members can attend. Burial services are at 11:30 am at Evergreen Cemetery (on the Miracle Mile side -by the main offices)
Mario’s family is comforted and strengthened by faith in God and knowing that he is with the Lord.
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Karla Santibanez

Posted at 04:34pm
What moves through us is a silence, a quiet sadness, a longing for one more day, one more word, one more touch. We may not understand why you left this earth so soon, or why you left before we were ready to say good-bye, but little by little, we begin to remember not just that you died, but that you lived. And that your life gave us memories too beautiful to forget" My heart is with you in your time of sorrow. Love the Santibanez/Barron fam 🙏🏻😭💔

Andres Pina

Posted at 01:48pm
Grandpa you will always have a special place in my heart. Everyone you ever met you left an imprint on. I will miss you and remember you forever for all the things you taught me and al the time we spent together talking about sports, and news. I love you and miss you and will always cherish the time we spent together

Karla Santibanez Posted at 04:33pm


Maria Gandara

Posted at 01:38pm
Sending my deepest and sincere condolences to the Reyes and Pina family, Mario Reyes you will be missed but never forgotten, I'll miss seeing you taking your morning or afternoon walks with your little fur baby, whenever I'm driving down grant road to my son's/ your nephew's house, before my boy's heard about your passing they wondered why they haven't seen there uncle Ray going for his walks, when they heard they were very saddened, but they know you are at rest and in no pain. May you R.I.P
Say hi to my daddy aka there Tata Dan you both can talk about your magma copper day's. ❤️

Linda Santa Cruz

Posted at 10:19am
My condolences to the Reyes/Pina family on the death of their patriarch. May the perpetual light shine upon him. Blessings to the entire family.

Dr. Teri Martinez

Posted at 07:19am
My loving brother-in-law (Ray), an exemplary son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, and a man of few words, that respected all. You were/are a devoted man of God. When you spoke, all listened. You were more of a brother than a brother-in-law to the eleven of us. As an adult. some of my fondest childhood memories are from when Mom (at times), would send me as your chaperone when you and my wonderful sister dated. Words can not express the years of support, visits, cook-outs, and love that our entire family received from you. To that end, the years have passed and most recently, I had the honor of sitting and attentively/respectfully learned about possible retirement from you. Again, I was mesmerized by your sensitivity, intelligence, and experience that you so willingly shared. Also, thanks Ray for at times allowing my children to stay at your home as I worked and went to school.
Today, I am already missing seeing you ride your bike in the neighborhood, taking your brisk walks with Frieda (dog) and my sister, entertaining your children and grandchildren, and going to the ballpark. However, God has called you, and as usual, you answered with no questions asked. May the world produce more men like you.
Lastly, please say hi to Tito and Jessie for me. Thank you God, for the years of happiness that Ray shared with us all. Ray, we love you forever. “I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” Psalm 23:6

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