Leandro A. Marez, 73, passed away Oct. 13. He was born Jan. 31, 1944, in Derramadero, to the late Alejandro and Isabel (Montaño) Marez. Leandro was very active in his community. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Lions Club, Volunteer Fire Department, Moriarty Pintos Booster Club, Estancia Bears Booster Club and ran the football chains for over 30 years at Moriarty High School football games. He will be most remembered for his unceasing service as a barber to the community for over 55 years. He took great pride in his work and met and bonded with hundreds of people with whom he formed lasting friendships. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends. He is also preceded in death by his sister-in-law, Josie Marez. Leandro is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years, Viola Larrañaga Marez of Moriarty; sons, Gregory L. Marez and wife Paula of Ensendada, and Jerome A. Marez and wife Cassandra of Charlotte, N.C.; daughter, Brenda J. Tapia and husband Art of Moriarty; brothers, Jose A. Marez, Frank Marez and wife Viola, Richard Marez and wife Eloisa, Joe B. Marez and wife Esther, Clario Marez and wife Norma, and Robert Marez and significant other Rosella Lopez; sister, Roberta Marez and significant other Adam Gonzales; grandchildren, Lawrence Tapia, Desirae Tapia, Ezekiel Tapia, Sophia Marez, Samuel Marez, Isabel Marez, Xavier Marez, Isaac Marez, Mikaela Marez and Ambrose Marez; brothers and sisters-in-law from the Larrañaga family and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Moriarty, with the Rosary on Oct. 17 and the Celebration of Mass Oct. 18, with Rev. Robert Lancaster officiating. Pallbearers were Jose A. Marez, Frank Marez, Clario Marez, Bobby Marez, Lawrence Tapia and Ezekiel Tapia. Honorary pallbearers were Art Tapia, Xavier Marez, Isaac Marez, Samuel Marez, Ambrose Marez, Adrian Marez, Mary Jo Andrade, Francine Thompson, Richard Marez, Joe B. Marez, and Roberta “Georgia” Marez. Interment will be at the Larrañanga Ranch Cemetery in Red Hills.
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