Marco Antonio Aviles
This man lived a full, happy, joyful life alongside his family; wife, children, grandchildren, siblings and friends. He grew up extremely humble and learned the value of hard work at a very young age of only 9 years old, going out to the streets of Nogales Sonora to sell food his mom made the night before, like tamales. At the age of 12 he was a boleador de botas around the border and curios, he was always making sure to provide and help his family in any way possible. Apart from being a hard worker from a young age he also found his love of the vaquero life, he loved his boots, belts and hats. Once he attended school barefoot because his mom would not allow him to wear his cowboy boots to school, so instead of wearing his Sunday shoes he walked to school barefoot as a sign of protest, well he didn’t have issues wearing his boots to school after that. In his childhood he lived with his 13 siblings, and being the second oldest he did anything possible to help the family stay afloat. He didn’t have the money to pursue education but when he was able to he continued his studies from a catalog and became licensed in refrigeration and electrical technician. He met the love of his life at the maquiladoras and even though one of his brothers, and a friend were all pursuing her, Isabel choose him. They got married on December 29, 1972 and never showed up to their afterparty the next day. They both continued to climb and keep trying at life. They Had five children, Fabian, Antonio, Alfredo, Marvin and Marla. He also essentially adopted his niece, Cristina she came to live with them in 1989. He became a US citizen and started his life In Nogales Arizona, in 1986 where he successfully taught himself English. They lived at Western, Las Terrasas, Morley Ave and in Rio Rico. He said once “que le andavan buscando a la vida”.
His main employers with Wilson Produce, Meyer Tomatoes, and CSC Electric. His education was limited by finances, but he was a very smart man, at the age of 14 years old he made a working turn table to listen to records, because music for Marco was life. Music was probably his first love, and one that stayed with him until his last breath. He loved his 60’s, The Beatles, Los Apsons, Selena, Jose Alfredo Jimenez and countless more. He would wake up blasting music, not just on one radio but several in different areas of the house. Music helped this man stay afloat even through the death of his first son, Fabian Aviles, and nine months later his wife’s, Isabel Aviles. He went through a lot, a lot of pain, loss and changes but his music always followed him and made him happy. Marco later in life had Candelaria in 2012, she became his pride and joy until his last days. He suffered a very serious brain injury from a fall at work in January of 2018, where we all finally recognize his true strength, determination and will to live. On the day of his accident the doctors said he wouldn’t survive the night, but God lend him to his family for four more years (we partly also thank his over consumption of garlic throughout his life.) In those four years we appreciated, and learned who he was even more. Although his four year battle was hard there were also beautiful moments, he fell more in love with his children, grandchildren, met his first great grandchild. He also found a new love for a hot cup of coffee, mantecadas, and Millie’s Pancakes House. His last years were spent around family, listening to music, singing along at the top of his lungs in the car, remembering and retelling stories of his beautiful life. 72 years seems long on Earth until you know his spirit; strong, wild, y terco, but we find peace and comfort in his imprinted loud and beautiful memories, and imagining his long awaited reunion with his wife, Isabel, and son Faby in God’s eternal glory.
Marco Antonio Aviles earned his wings on December 18, 2021 in Tucson, AZ. He was preceded in death by his Wife: Isabel Del Carmen Aviles; Son: Marcos Fabian Aviles; Sister: Maria Refugio Aviles; Brothers: Fernando Aviles, Ramon Angel Aviles. He is survived by his Sons: Antonio Aviles, Alfredo Aviles and Marvin Aviles; Daughters: Marla and Cande Aviles; Siblings Guillermo Aviles, Martha Rosalva Aviles, Ricardo Aviles, Santo Aviles, Alberto Aviles, Alma Patricia Aviles, Jose Martin Aviles, Jesus Francisco Aviles, Ignacio Aviles, Tomas Rodolfo Aviles; Grandchildren: Fabian Alexis Aviles, Marco Antonio Aviles, Susset Aracely Aviles, Vianet Isabel Aviles, Kenneth Alfredo Aviles, Kenneth Alfredo Aviles, Ninnet Angela Aviles, Nicolet Angelica Aviles, Anahiz Aviles, Marvin Aviles, Alfredo Aviles, Arizzbet Alondra Aviles, Yalitza Aviles, Alessandra Aviles, Hailey Isabel Aviles, Chevy Robert Aviles, Yubbiet Cristina Aviles; as well as many family and friends. He may have left physically, but will live forever in the hearts of all those he touched.