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Mario Augustine Sanchez

Updated: Oct 6, 2021

Mario Augustine Sanchez 43, Del Norte, Colorado,

passed away September 29, 2021. He was born August 3, 1978,

to Nicholas and Ada Sanchez in La Jara Colorado.

Mario is survived by his mother Ada Sanchez (Del Norte,

CO), wife Rachel S. (Del Norte, CO), brother Nickie

Sanchez (Center, CO), son Brandon Sanchez (Monte Vista,

CO), step kids/friends Danielle (Henry) Martinez (Monte

Vista), Larissa (Cisco) Aguilar (Del Norte), Jasmine Salazar

Espinoza (Monte Vista), Josiah (Stella)Salazar Espinoza

(Alamosa), Jesse, Naomi, and Yakira Salazar Espinoza (Del

Norte), grandson Aiden Sanchez (Monte Vista), and nine step

grandkids, Niece Benisha (Ross)Montano and kids Athina and

Ross, (Center, CO), Jericka Sanchez and kids Melanny, Alberto,

Kelsie, and Rose (Southfork, CO), and many aunts and uncles

and cousins.

He was preceded in death by maternal grandparents Rev.

Mike and Sarah Salazar, paternal grandparents Esau and Mary

Sanchez, maternal uncle Steve (Donna) Salazar and maternal

aunt Sarah Salazar, paternal uncles Albert Sanchez and Saqueo

Sanchez, paternal aunts Ernistine Bueno, Hazel Espinoza, Alice

Alire and Charlotte Marquez, Cousin Timmy Sanchez.

Mario (also known as Listo to many of his friends who knew

him, and manos to some) was the kind of guy that would

literally give the shirt off his back and give it to someone in

need. He was always giving things to people and cared about

those down on their luck. He could be tough but at the same time

be a big teddy bear. His lady called him her gansta teddy bear. He

was not afraid to live life in the fast lane sometimes and kept his

family wondering what he might do next. He could go up to a

complete stranger and make friends instantly. He was a natural

leader and many people looked up to him and followed his lead.

He enjoyed spending time with friends, doing stuff with his lady

and step kids, but also liked solitude and his time alone to do little

projects or watch tv or just relax and think, or listen to music and

sing. (Many special times singing with or to his lady) He was good

with kids and was a kid at heart. He was never one to hold a

grudge and forgave people who wronged him. Many of his best

friends started out as people he had confrontations with and then

they worked things out. He was also a good writer and could

express himself well with words and wrote many poems over the

years. He loved God and was not ashamed to talk to people

about him. He was quick to pray for others, and his prayers

blessed many people. He even led Bible studies in jail.

Before God called him home, he had aspired to be a pastor and

had dreams of ministering on the streets and in prisons as well.

He had planned to become a pastor through the Victory

Outreach Ministries and had a lot of respect for them. He had

dreams of reaching many people for the kingdom of God. He had

a huge impact on all who crossed his paths and was loved by his

friends. He liked to fish with family, loved the sport of boxing and

was a huge fan of Mike Tyson. He was an excellent barber and

gave many haircuts and never charged what they were worth. He

will be greatly missed but his memory will live on in our hearts and

minds. Two of his favorite scriptures are Jeremiah 29:11. For I

know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper

you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Isaiah 45:2-3 I will go before thee, and make the crooked places

straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder

the bars of iron: And I will give thee the treasures of darkness,

and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I,

the Lord, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel. He

liked this last scripture because making crooked things straight is

like fixing things that are wrong in our life, breaking and cutting

bars and gates in pieces are like breaking the bondages that hold

us down and imprison us, and freedom from them, and hidden

riches and treasures of darkness is like bringing out the beauty

and all the good things to those that are freed from them

bondages and God making something beautiful out of the mess.

And he calls us by name, is calling us God's sons and daughters.

This whole verse is about freedom, restoration, and change.

There will be a Celebration of Life Saturday, October 16, 2021

at 11:00 am, at the Pioneer United Church 630 Spruce Street Del Norte, CO.

Please park in front only.

Funeral arrangements being overseen by Strohmayer’s Funeral home In Monte Vista, CO.

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