Obituary: RUIZ, MOISES

Published: Friday, July 25 2014 5:35 a.m. MDT

Moises Ruiz "Papi Moi - Chief"

Moises Ruiz Sr., beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday, April 30, 2011 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Moises was born September 4, 1922 in Guanacevi, Durango to Jose de la Luz Ruiz and Cristina Villareal. "Cachechi" as he was known in his younger days, didn't know that his childhood neighbor, Soledad Ortiz, would soon become his Amor Eterno. He escorted Soledad to the movies on their first date and from that day forward, never left her side. They were married July 30, 1947 in Santa Barbara, Chihuahua and would begin their family together. Boxing and baseball were always topics of discussion with him. When he wasn't watching sports, he loved spending his days outside on his porch playing his guitar, reading or enjoying nature. Although he had many hobbies and passions, none compared to the love and devotion he had for his family. He always said that the thing he was most proud of in his life, was being father to his kids, they were the air in his lungs and his grandkids, the blood in his veins. His quiet, soft, caring face, made all that came to know him feel welcome and loved. Whenever he could, he loved going to Wendover, and when it was too far away, you could find him playing his hand held poker game. He always knew how to lighten the mood with his jokes and humor. Although his absence leaves a hole in our hearts, we take comfort in knowing that his legacy lives on. Moises is survived by his wife of 63 years, Soledad, his sisters Joaquina Ruiz and Marta (Jose) Duarte of Chihuahua, Mexico; children: Elsa, Luz Elena (Martin), Magda (Federico), Marta (Lupe), Moises (Juanita), Marcos, Raul, Victor, Cesar, Ruben (Michelle), Mario (Ligia); 28 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers and sisters. The family would like to thank the staff at the Utah Dialysis Center, Dr Tien and his staff, Dr. Schultz and everyone at the Community Health Center, Dr. Ganellen and his staff and Rico Foods. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 9 a.m. at The Cathedral of the Madeleine: 331 East S. Temple. Viewing will be held on Tues., May 3, 2011 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church: 715 W. 300 N. from 6-8 p.m.