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Rev. Luis Ortiz

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Rev. Luis E. Ortiz

Reverend Luis Eleodoro Ortiz, 75, passed away Thursday, July 29, 2013 at his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born June 28, 1938, in Santiago, Chile.

He married Mayo Quintana on New Year's Eve 1960. He studied theology in Santiago and performed various positions in the government of Chile from 1965 to 1977. In 1977, his eldest son passed away of cancer at the age of 15. Being persecuted by the military government of Pinochet, he was forced to leave the country in 1979 with his wife and five children. In 1980, he sought refuge in Panama under the auspices of Archbishop Marcos G. MacGratt of Panama. He studied law in Panama and thereafter worked as Director of Caritas International Costa Rica for the United Nations Office of the High Commission refugee program. In 1983, he received political asylum in the United States and followed his calling to become an ordained minister, where he went to study at the University of Concordia in Illinois. In 1986, he moved to Kansas where he did his vicarage for one year. Upon completion he was called to the Salinas Valley to begin a Hispanic Mission. When he completed his missionary task in the Salinas Valley he took another calling to Odessa, Texas. In 2004, he retired and shared his time with his family and helping others.

Rev. Luis is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Mayo Ortiz; daughter, Jessica Ortiz-Serrano of Salinas; sons, Marcos Ortiz of Monterey, Claudio Ortiz of Carmel Valley and Alejandro Ortiz and Alex Ortiz, both of Monterey; seven grandchildren who were his pride and joy, also survive.

A Memorial service will be held Monday, August 5, 2013 at 10:30 a.m., at the Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1230 Luther Way, Salinas, CA 93901.

Contributions preferred to the non-profit of your choosing.

Arrangements entrusted to Healey Mortuary & Crematory,

Published in The Salinas Californian on Aug. 2, 2013
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