On Wednesday, October 28th, Paz Lopez loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather of many passed away at the age of 87. He went on St. Jude’s Feast day to join his most beloved patron saint.
Paz was born on August 29th, 1933 in New Mexico before moving to Loyalton, CA. He was a passionate man who loved gardening, farming, and above all his Lord and savior Jesus Christ.
He spent his early days working in a lumber mill for many years where he lost his left arm within the first two weeks after his marriage. He proceeded to spend the next two years in a hospital in
San Francisco, but this did not slow down the start of their family. In 1973 they moved to Reno where he worked in K-mart Kresge’s until he retired.
He spent his life with his sweetheart Mary Frances Lopez and after 67 years of marriage raised 12 children, 30 grandchildren and 40 great grandchildren and did it better with one arm than any man could do with two.
His family was his life and he was loved back by them. He leaves behind a legacy full of love, laughter, and treasured memories with every and any person he came across. Whether you knew him for years or even minutes he left you with joy in your heart.
His outreach was inspiring, not only touching his family but reaching out into the community. He helped many Hispanic/Latino’s gain citizenship, as well as find jobs to provide for their family.
From the church where he organized offerings and had many dear friends, to even the neighbors who needed a hand with their taxes; he gained a spot in all of their hearts. Up until the very end Paz’s part in the community was a notorious presence to all.
He left this earth surrounded by his family and dearest friends in tears, love, laughter, and fond recounts of his impact to their lives and hearts.