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Gilberto Yslava

January 23, 1971 — December 8, 2023

Rio Rico

Gilberto Yslava, a beloved Football Coach and mentor, has passed away on December 8, 2023, in Tucson, Arizona. Born on January 23, 1971, Gilberto lived a remarkable life filled with achievements and meaningful connections. His legacy as a compassionate and selfless individual will forever be cherished by those whose lives he touched.

Gilberto's passion for football began at an early age. As a multisport athlete, he excelled in various fields, but it was his skills as a quarterback that truly set him apart. In 1987, he showcased his talent and led Patagonia Highschool to victory as the State Champion Quarterback. This triumph would fuel his determination to shape the future of aspiring athletes as a dedicated Football Coach.

In 1995, Gilberto achieved an extraordinary milestone when he guided the Rams to become city champions. The joy and pride that filled the hearts of both players and fans were immeasurable. His guidance extended beyond being a coach; Gilberto took on the role of a mentor to his team. He instilled in them not only the techniques of the game but also life lessons that would shape their character. His impact on their lives went beyond football.

While Gilberto was known for his coaching prowess, he was equally renowned for his remarkable sense of humor and selflessness. Those who knew him best would often recall how he would wear an ugly mask on Halloween and drive around town with it on. His delight in bringing joy to others was infectious, leaving countless memories etched in the hearts of everyone fortunate enough to cross paths with him.

Gilberto's commitment to serving others extended beyond the football field. Whether it was offering words of encouragement or lending a helping hand to those in need, he always prioritized the well-being of others before himself. His selfless nature endeared him to all who knew him.

His proudest accomplishments, however, extended beyond the realm of football. Gilberto was not only a dedicated coach but a loving father, son, brother, and friend. He leaves behind a legacy of love and strength that will endure through the memories shared by his surviving family members: his father Carlos Yslava, brother Carlos Yslava, mother Aurora Yslava, daughter Marisa Yslava, sister Sandra Yslava(Valenzuela), sister Josephina Yslava, brother Louis Yslava, and sister Brenda Camacho.

Gilberto Yslava will be dearly missed by all those who had the privilege of knowing him. His impact as a coach and mentor will continue to inspire generations to come. As we say our final goodbyes, let us remember him not with sadness but with gratitude for the beautiful moments we shared. May his soul find eternal peace knowing that he made a profound difference in the lives of countless individuals.

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