Margarito Luevano was born on February 22, 1928, in Fort Quitman, TX to Librado and Luz Luevano. He passed away on Sunday, April 22, 2018, at his home in Dexter, NM surrounded by family. 90 years of life cannot be summed up in a short narrative, but he truly lived a memorable and purpose filled life surrounded by love. He now lives embraced by the Love of God.
Apa, Dad, Grandpa, Pa Luevano married his one love Maria Luisa Gonzales on Jan. 6, 1947, and recently celebrated 71 years of marriage. Margarito worked as a farm laborer and feed lot worker in NM and TX. He was dedicated to his family, especially his wife. A quality admired by his loved ones is the dedication to hard manual labor, which supported his wife and the growing family of 10. Although late in retiring, he never really retired as he dedicated time to gardening and yard work. Sunday was a cherished day for God and family. After Mass, Margarito spent the day cooking asado, arroz mdfrijoles with his wife anticipating the weekly visit of his children and grandchildren. Over the years these visits included the competitive sports of volleyball, baseball, basketball, billiards pool, horseshoes, cards and sometimes having a cookout. Margarito always looked forward to playing pool on Sunday with his children, especially with his son Mike, and if you won a game it's because he let you win.
He is survived by his wife, Maria Luisa Luevano; sons, Lupe (wife Margie) Luevano, Librado "Lalo" (wife Ruth) Luevano, Raul (wife Velma) Luevano, Margarito, Jr. (wife Frances) Luevano, and Mike Luevano; daughter-n-laws, Jeannie Luevano, Sylvia Orosco Luevano and Angie Luevano; brothers, Jose and Dolores Luevano; sisters Juanita Luevano and Severiana Guerrero, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Margarito Luevano will also be remembered by his 23 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren as he cherished them all the same.
He is preceded in death by his sons Francisco "Kico," Luis, Cruz, and Henry Luevano; his daughter, Gloria Luevano-Serrano and daughter-in-law Juanita I. Luevano; grandson "Kico" Jr. Luevano; siblings Antonio Sanchez, Blase Luevano and Lorenza Hernandez and his parents Librado and Luz Luevano.
Viewing will be held Thursday, April 26, 2018 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Ballard Funeral Home. Services will be held on Friday, April 27, at St. Peter Catholic Church with Rosary at 10 a.m., Mass of Resurrection at 11a.m., celebrated by Friar Mario Luevano Serrano, OFM Conv., grandson, followed by burial at South Park Cemetery. Pallbearers will be his grandsons: Tony Serrano, Ben Serrano, Rey Serrano, Andrew Luevano, Marty Luevano and Jonathan Cooper.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Jonathan Wolkwitz PA-C, Kymera Independent Physicians, and Kindred Hospice for their care. Appreciation is also extended to Connie Torrez and Theresa Mendiola for catering and serving at the reception which will be held at St. Peter's Hall after the burial. Friends and neighbors continue to fill us with gratitude by their prayers and thoughtful actions.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home & Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at www.ballardfuneralhome.com
"Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit."
"One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the LORD. Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene, he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand; one belonged to him and other to the LORD.
When the last scene of his life flashed before him, he looked back and at the footprints in the sand. He noticed that many times along the path of his life there was only one set of footprints. He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in his life.
This really bothered him, and he questioned the LORD about it. 'LORD, you said that once I decided to follow you, you'd walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, there is only one set of footprints. I don't understand why when 1 needed you most you leave me.'
The LORD replied 'My precious, precious child. I love you and I would never leave you. During the time of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints.... it was then that I carried you.'
I'd like to offer sincere condolences to the family and friends. Dad was a very special man and one that had lots of respect. Sending many prayers to Mom that she be strong and our Lord put his loving arms around her. May you rest in peace dad... sending you all my love. Joan
Joan I OsborneAlbuquerque, NM
Please allow me to offer my condolences for the loss of your dear loved one. The bible tells us that you will see "Margarito" again. This is promised by Jesus at John 5:28,29. We can also look forward to a time when death will be no more. Rev. 21: 3,4. Death touches us all in this life. However, there is an assured hope for mankind to live in a time where we will find exquisite delight in an abundance of peace on earth. Psalms 37: 10,11. For more encouraging scriptures, visit jw.org and search the word "comfort" and you find satisfying answers to help you cope with this loss of your loved one.
Shirl MacDallas, TX
Our condolences and continued prayers for the Luevano Family in this difficult time. Our Love and Support.
The Torres Family - Fabian, Kim and Reyana
Fabian & Kimberly TorresSt Johns, FL
To the Luevano family my deepest sympathy for the loss. My heart goes out to each and every one of you and pray for peace to come soon. My love to all of you
Anita (Green) WollmanMedicine Park, OK
My condolences to All of the Luevano family in so sorry for your loss He was a great man he will be missed
Rosalinda OlivasDexter, NM
On behalf of the Board of Directors, Advisors, and the entire Fortunate Families Ministry, I express our sincere sympathy and solidarity in prayer to the family and friends of Margarito R. Luevano, on the passing of this good man. We especially express our spiritual closeness to our Advisor, Friar Mario Serrano, OFM Conv.
While we mourn his passing from this life, we rejoice with you in the sure and certain hope of Resurrection and New Life!
JR Zerkowski/Fortunate FamiliesLexington, KY
To the Luevano family,
I send my sincere sympathy to each of you. I pray that Jehovah God and His Son Jesus Christ comfort you at this time and in the days ahead. At John 5:28, 29 in the Bible we are assured that our dead loved ones will be resurrected to life on earth.
Gloria V. ChavezRoswell, NM
To the Luevano family,
I send my sincere sympathy to each of you and pray that our loving God and His Son, Jesus Christ comfort you also. The Bible promises we will welcome our loved ones who have passed away to life again. (John 5:28, 29)
Gloria ChavezRoswell, NM
We are sorry for your loss, prayers for all your family
Esperanza and Raymond OteroRoswell, NM
Word are never adequate in moments like these. I will say though, that my hearts go out to you, and may your many memories and our loving Creator promise of a time when “death will be no more” help to sustain you and your family during this most difficult time. (Revelation 21:3,4)