Beloved brother, father, uncle, godfather and friend Mauricio Ezequiel Valdez Ramirez passed away peacefully at his home September 9, 2013. He was born September 22, 1955 in Monterey Nuevo Leon Mexico to Maria Ramierz and Ezequiel Pete Valdez. He was brought to the U.S. at age 15 and was raised by his father and stepmother Socorro Gallardo Valdez. He entered into military service at age 17. He was very proud of gaining his citizenship through the US Army
and was very respectful of the United States Flag. He began working for the Salt Lake Tribune August 9, 1979 and worked faithfully for the next 34 years. He married Lynn Valdez. They were later divorced. He later married Cheri L. Valdez and they also divorced. He was deeply devoted to his dog, Charlie who died in January 2013. Mauricio loved attending and collecting movies. He was a member of the Catholic Church and was a parishioner at Saint Joseph the Worker and proudly served as an usher there. He was a devoted brother, uncle and godfather to his three godchildren: Rigoberto, Mariano and Christopher. He was a member of the Teamsters Union, local 28N.
Survived by Sisters Maria De La Luz, Rebecca Valdez, Debbie Valdez, Lisa Garcia (Ruben), Brothers Mitchell St. John and Anthony P. Valdez (Toni); five nieces; six nephews; seven great nieces and six great nephews. Preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, sister Maria Chevela Valdez, Francie Valdez, Pete Valdez and his only daughter Jamie Lisa Valdez Dierunger.
Funeral mass will be celebrated Monday, September 16, 2013 at 11 a.m. with a viewing an hour prior at Saint Joseph the Worker, 7405 South Redwood Road, West Jordan, Utah. Vigil service will be held Sunday at Neil O'Donnell & Sons Mortuary, 372 East 100 South at 7 p.m. with friends and family gathering from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Committal service at Mount Calvary Cemetery, 4th Ave. and 'T' Street.