1968 - 2021
Frye Chapel & Mortuary of Imperial Valley - Brawley
799 Brawley Ave
Brawley, CA

Jan. 19, 1968 Nov. 19, 2021

Mario Ortiz, a son, husband, father, and friend unexpectedly passed away at 53 years old, early morning on Friday, November 19, 2021, at Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego.

A local Calipat legend, Mario was an outgoing, loving, hard-working family man.

He was born in Mexicali, the son of Ubaldo and Simona Ortiz. Mario was the oldest of five children. At the age of three he made his way into the United States and was raised in Calipatria, California.

He graduated from Calipatria High School in 1987, leaving behind two CIF Championships in basketball. In 2009, Mario was inducted into the Imperial Valley Football Hall of Fame.

Mario was married to Christine Basurto for 24 years, leading him to his greatest achievement of becoming a father to his three children, Mario Ortiz Jr, Matthew Jayden Ortiz, and Catelyn Christine Ortiz.

In 2012, he opened Ortiz Recycling Center in his hometown Calipatria, CA.

Mario is survived by his wife, three children, his four siblings, brother, Victor and Angie Ortiz, sister, Martha and Robert Espana, sister, Griselda and Rodney Widmann, brother, Junior Ortiz. As well as both of his parents, and nephews and nieces, Justin Widmann, Lorena Ortiz, Domonick Almueti, Simon Ortiz, Juanita Ortiz, Alyssa Ortiz, Makayla Ortiz, Jaydin Widmann, Cayleigh Sasser, and Janelle Widmann. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Sheila Novak, father-in-law, Delfino and Sharon Basurto, sister-in-law, Nikki and Danny Sasser. Mario also leaves behind his furry best friend, Pablo Ortiz.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, December 5, 2021 at Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley, CA from 5 to 8 pm. Mass will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Brawley, CA on Monday, December 6, 2021, at 9 am. A luncheon will be at the Hidalgo Society Hall from 12 noon through 4 pm.

Contributions in memory of Mario may be made to Christine Ortiz PO Box 881, Calipatria, CA 92233.
Published by Imperial Valley Press Online on Dec. 2, 2021.
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Funeral service
5:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.
Frye Chapel & Mortuary of Imperial Valley - Brawley
799 Brawley Ave, Brawley, CA
Memorial Gathering
12:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.
Hidalgo Society Hall
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Brawley, CA
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May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Mary Helen Padilla
December 7, 2021
Mario, you were a true gift to this world and all who knew you. Your heart was beautiful and one of a kind. Now you live on in the hearts of all of us who were privileged to know & love you, but especially Chris and the kids. We will miss you forever .
Nikki Sasser
December 4, 2021
Forever in my heart. Miss & love you brother.
Griselda Ortiz Widmann
December 4, 2021
So blessed to have known and worked with Mario for many years. He was a great person and friend. He would always greet us with a smile and make sure we left with a good laugh! Our prayers and condolences to his family. Danny, Veronica Sanchez & Family
Danny & Veronica Sanchez
December 2, 2021
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Antonio Rodriguez
December 2, 2021
My sincere condolences to his wife and children and family you are in my prayers and thoughts . Mario was a wonderful person , he always ask how we were and truly cared for his customers .. I considered him my friend , That's how he made you feel .. we will miss him ... Sincerely Lisa and Jeremy Clark
Lisa Armstrong Clark
December 2, 2021
It still doesn't seem real that you are gone. I don't know that it ever will. We will love and miss you forever. <3 <3 <3
Delfino and Sharon Basurto
December 2, 2021
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