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Louis Carlos Vasquez

Louis Carlos Vasquez

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Obituary

Louis Carlos Vasquez
1973-2021

Our beloved Louis Carlos Vasquez, 48, has left us to be with his heavenly father. He passed away peacefully with family at his bedside on April 4, 2021. Carlos was born on March 20, 1973. He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah to Justina R. Vasquez (Guadalupe Vasquez) and Arturo Mireles.

Throughout his life, Carlos lived in caring facilities including the Tiny Tots Care Center, the Rise Spanish Fork Group Home, and Danville Services, with the loving Huff Family of Springville, UT, and in the tender home of Clair and Mae Brown.

Carlos graduated from Oakridge School in Provo, UT with the class of 1991 and went on to work at Central Utah Enterprise, a non-profit employment program for the cognitively impaired.

As a member of the Cherry Hill 2nd Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Carlos enjoyed attending church every Sunday, serving in the sacrament meeting, and visiting the Provo Temple.

He was a social butterfly and enjoyed meeting new people. His big, bright smile lit up any room he was in. His hobbies included listening to gospel music, watching BYU TV, and attending musicals. He also enjoyed parties, get togethers, outdoor nature walks, and bowling.

Carlos came from a large family who loved and adored him very much.
He is survived by his father Arturo Mireles, siblings Francisco (Grace), Guadalupe, Juanita, Leonor (Alex), Gregory, Josephine (Frank), Eva (Trent), and countless nieces, nephews, and community friends.

He is preceded in death by his Papa Guadalupe Vasquez, Mother Justina R. Vasquez, Sister Maria DeJesus, Brother Julian Vasquez, Cousin Hillario “Chato” Soto Jr. and Nephew Lewis Orlando Jensen Jr.

Our family would like to thank Tiny Tots Care Center, Shriners Hospital for Children, Danville Services, and Utah Valley Hospital for the meticulous care and devoted support they provided for our dear Carlos. We would also like to thank social workers Jamie Quinn, Joshua Marden, Gerard Habonimana, Michele Horton, and Ann Bagshaw for their ardent devotion to Carlos throughout his life.

Funeral Services will be held at Walker Sanderson Funeral Home (646 E 800 N, Orem, UT 84097 ) on Tuesday April 13 @ 12 noon. There will be a visitation from 10:30-11:45 am. Graveside Services will be at the Mount Calvary Cemetery ( 275 U St, Salt Lake City, UT 84103 ) in addition, a livestream link for the services can be found on www.WalkerSanderson.com under the “livestream” link.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, April 13th, 2021 | 10:30am - 11:45am
    When
    Tuesday, April 13th, 2021 10:30am - 11:45am
    Location
    Walker Sanderson Funeral Home
    Address
    646 East 800 North
    Orem, UT 84097
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    Notes
    Masks Required COVID guidelines followed
  • Service

    Tuesday, April 13th, 2021 | 12:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, April 13th, 2021 12:00pm
    Location
    Walker Sanderson Funeral Home
    Address
    646 East 800 North
    Orem, UT 84097
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    Masks Required COVID guidelines followed

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Trevor Pease

Posted at 12:16pm
I have been Carlos's Support Coordinator for almost the past 14 years. Carlos always had a strong heart and a big smile. He never forgot those who worked with him. I could tell, in his questions, that he missed many staff that came and went from his life and was grateful for their care. He was grateful for those who took the time to listen to him and answer his questions as he needed that reassurance. His physical condition made it more difficult to do everyday things. However, he was able to make many friends who went out of their way to include him so he could participate in church, temple services and social activities.
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Heath thurston

Posted at 08:09pm
I worked with Carlos in my early 20’s and he taught me so so much while I worked for RISE with him. He had an amazing spirit and would always cut my ear off asking lots and lots of questions. As my life moved forward and I got married and moved and had kids and other jobs. I loved going to visit Carlos and things would pick right back up where him and I left off lol. In 2014 and I think again in 2015 I was able to push Carlos in a triathlon and then in a fun running race with friends. He loved it and had a blast going fast. Carlos had a huge heart and his smile lit up everyone around him. I will always remember my time with him and all he did for me.

Michelle Ruward

Posted at 01:32pm

When I first started working at the the Spanish Fork Group Home, I planned on working there for just a short time. That turned in to 6 years!
In the time that I worked there, I really grew to love the clients I served.
Carlos was one of those special clients.
Carlos was born with several crippling physical ailments. He was very intelligent, but he wasn't able to form his words. This made him unable to speak clearly.
Carlos communicated with us by pointing to letters on a paper that was printed like a key board. He would spell out the words for us. This helped him to communicate with us enough so that we could figure out his needs and wants.
Carlos needed help with being fed. He'd choke all the way through his meals. This would cause him to aspirate on his foods. Eventually he was placed on a feeding tube. Which he HATED!
Carlos actually took out his endowments in the LDS Temple. His ward members took very good care of him. They'd pick him up and take him to the Temple.
I learned soooo much from Carlos. I watched him live with his broken body. It must have been so frustrating for him to not be able to communicate all that was in his heart and mind.
Working at the Spanish Fork Group Home helped me to love and serve in ways that brought me closer to my Savior.
Carlos taught me that we are all a little broken. The difference is that most of us can hide our "brokenness."
Carlos couldn't hide his brokenness, and I'm so glad. I learned so much from Carlos.
It was his brokenness that was so amazing. It was his brokenness that made him strong. It was his brokenness that was a teacher for anyone who crossed his path.
It was his brokenness that touched my heart.
I loved Carlos. I honor him today. I hope that I never forget the lessons that he taught me.
Thank you my friend,
Michelle Ruward
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Gianni Santamaria

Posted at 12:24am
Carlos was a kind man with a warm heart who did the best he could given the challenges he had to deal with on a daily basis. During his first 18 months in our ward I would take him to church every week. Communicating with Carlos was a bit challenging at times but I could usually figure out what he wanted to ask by using his letter board. He would point to the letters and spell out words until I could understand what he was asking. He always wanted to know everything about everything.

Carlos's health was always fragile. During his last couple of years in our ward he was out sick a lot more often, usually with pneumonia. But he always seemed to bounce back. During my last visit with Carlos he expressed to me his love and how grateful he was that I had come to say hello.

Carlos is gone from this place that was filled with difficulty and struggle for him. He is in a place where his spirit can continue to grow and develop. Because of the Lord Jesus Christ he too will be resurrected with a glorious body that will have full functionality of all its faculties. His glorious spirit will be matched up with a perfect body. God will bless Carlos because he was faithful and endured to the end.
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Suzette Robins

Posted at 09:56am
I started working with Carlos when he was still attending Oakridge School. We became friends and to communicate with him we often played 20 questions so I knew where he was headed with his question. He had lots of questions and wanted to know everything that was going on. While playing the 20 questions, I was usually way off and we would get to laughing to the point we both had to take a break and try again later.
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