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Dennis Anthony Marquez


07/25/1974 - 12/18/2014 Obituary
Dennis Anthony Marquez Obituary
Dennis Anthony Marquez, 40, peacefully followed the Lord into Heaven on December 18, 2014 after a valiant battle against lymphoma. He was born in Bakersfield, California and resided here until his passing. He attended Bakersfield High School, where he reveled in playing football as a Driller, graduating in 1992. Following high school, he attended Bakersfield College and graduated in 1998 with an Associate in Arts degree in Liberal Studies. He then transferred to California State University, Bakersfield and graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies, and completed a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential one year later. Dennis began his career in Education in 1993 with the Bakersfield City School District as a Teacher Aide, and later fulfilled his dream to be a Teacher in 2000. The majority of his career as an educator was spent at Hort Elementary School.  He loved being a teacher, joking around with students, and truly treasured his outstanding colleagues. He genuinely believed that every child possesses unlimited potential for lifelong success, along with the capability to positively impact the world.  
After an eight year courtship, Dennis married his college sweetheart and love of his life, Marisa Mendez, on October 27, 2001, and was later blessed with two beautiful children, Denny and Khloe.
Dennis was a very kind and soft-spoken man whom never wanted to miss a moment and always had time to answer a question or solve a problem, no matter how small. He loved his family and delighted in quality time with his sweet son and darling little girl. He loved to cook, and often traded recipes with his mother-in-law, Alice and dear friend, Serena. He was a self-taught handyman, welder, and carpenter, as well as a San Francisco Giants and San Francisco 49ers fanatic. His favorite times were spent camping with friends and family, barbeques with his dear cousins and their families, and relaxing in his trailer at Pismo Beach.  He was very witty, thoughtful, caring, and compassionate. His devotion to his family and his firm belief in God inspired him throughout his fight and gave him peace. He will be forever remembered and blessed in the memories of all who knew him, and his youth, spirit, and dreams will live on in the lives of his precious children.
Left behind to cherish Dennis is his faithful and loving wife of thirteen years, Marisa; son, Dennis Anthony Marquez II; daughter, Khloe Faith Marquez; loving father-in-law and mother-in-law, Donald and Alice Mendez; ever present brother-in-law and sister-in-law Donald Jr. and Dominica Mendez; adored nephews, Donnie, Dillon, and Dane; parents, Ray and Suzanne Marquez; brothers, Ray and Greg Marquez; grandparents and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family and friends.  
Dennis was preceded in death by his grandfather, Ray "Shorty" Valdez Marquez.
A heartfelt thank you to his devoted father-in-law, Donald, the Coontz family, and deeply loved cousins, Jason and Yaneth Gonzales, Mike and Patty Gonzales, Frank and Sonia Marquez, Ramon and Bielma Marquez, Henry and Sharday Marquez, and special uncles/aunts Frank and Nancy Marquez, Frank and Carmen Gonzales and their children for fighting alongside Dennis every step of the way, traveling with him, cheering him on, always giving him hope, and for just being there.
Visitation will be held Sunday, December 28, from 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Greenlawn Funeral Home (River Blvd).  Funeral services will be held Monday, December 29, at 9:00 a.m. (rosary), 9:30 a.m. (mass) at St. Philip the Apostle Church. The family would like to express deep gratitude to Dr. Eradat, Dr. Chen, and Dr. Situ and staff at UCLA Medical Centers, and to the entire staff at Hoffmann's Hospice for their extraordinary care, hope, and compassion for Dennis and the family throughout this journey.
Published in Bakersfield Californian from Dec. 27 to Dec. 28, 2014
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