Mark Anthony Urquiza Death Dead – Mark Anthony Urquiza “Black Jack” Obituary: Cause of Death

Horace Clarke Death

Mark Anthony Urquiza Death Dead – Mark Anthony Urquiza “Black Jack” Obituary: Cause of Death

“It is with extreme sadness that I share the passing of my father, Mark Anthony Urquiza. He passed away after more than three weeks battling with COVID-19. On behalf of our family, I am asking for support for two reasons:

– To ensure Mark is laid to rest with love and that our family can work through this tragedy together. We are raising funds to cover the costs of the burial and memorial service and to continue to support my mother, Brenda’s basic needs as she continues her fight against COVID-19. We were unprepared for these expenses.

– To continue Mark’s legacy of rebellion against the status quo by amplifying our story, as well as the stories of the tens of thousands of others like us, in hopes of driving a culture change around coronavirus prevention and saving lives in Mark and Brenda’s community and beyond”

Mark was a former 400-meter dash state champion and cross-country runner without underlying conditions known to be risk factors for COVID-19 patients. Despite this athleticism, his body was still not able to handle the marathon that is the coronavirus. But the mental drive and focus needed for this type of athleticism surely contributed to his infectious energy, strong will, and yes, even stubbornness. He passed this same drive on to me and to our extended family, as you see by our commitment to continuing this fight for others, even in our darkest moments. Mark, who was often called “Black Jack” by his friends and family, was a lover of nature, the night sky, and politics, and was often the life of the party.

He is remembered by his only child Kristin Danielle Urquiza; his wife Brenda Urquiza; siblings Frank C. Urquiza, Venancio C. Urquiza, Richard C. Urquiza, Diana U. Camacho, Gina Urquiza Waters; and siblings-in-law Carol Urquiza, Chris Waters, Yvonne Urquiza, and Ray Camacho. Along with his nieces and nephews, the broader community of Tolleson, Arizona, and countless friends.

Brenda was able to be with him in the hospital on his final day; she was the only visitor allowed due to COVID concerns. All other interactions, including my last words to my father, were relayed via speakerphone. I have now come to Arizona to manage my father’s burial as my mother continues her fight against the coronavirus and our family is working to create a final goodbye for my father in a place where we can (carefully) be together. The funeral and burial services alone are likely to cost over $10,000. In the wake of the pandemic, my mother also lost over half her income and her only remaining source of income is social security. Without Mark’s income, she will also need additional support for essential living costs until she recovers. Our minimum need is $20,000.

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