Feb 192014

Russell Chavez Marquez passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, at the VA Hospital in Prescott, surrounded by his family. Mass was celebrated Feb. 15 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Winslow.
Russell was born July 31, 1923, to Juan and Felice Marquez in McNary. He was raised by his grandmother Vitalia Chavez in Holbrook. He graduated from Ash Fork High School in 1941.
After the outbreak of World War II, he followed his older brothers, Clemente and Julian, and joined the Army in 1942. After military service, he attended Arizona State Teachers College at Flagstaff, now known as Northern Arizona University.
In 1949, while playing baseball in Williams, he met the love of his life, Carmen Gamboa. He would marry her in 1950 and remain married to her until his death, 63 years later. He and Carmen moved to southern California in 1951, where he was employed by Lockheed Aircraft as a truck driver, and where they would have two of three children, Mark, and Steve. They returned to Arizona where the “apple of his eye,” his only daughter, Linda, was born in Winslow in 1964. They would reside there the remainder of his life.
He and Carmen operated the Casa Blanca Cafe from 1964 until 1967, when they bought the Acapulco Cafe, which they operated until 1974. Russell spent several years as assistant athletic director at the Winslow Job Corps Center, where he also coached those residents in baseball, football and basketball. He was also employed by the Santa Fe Railroad as a bridge painter for a short time.
Russell truly loved baseball and was a diehard Diamondback fan, rarely missing a game whether it was at the park or on TV. He played, coached and mentored the game for over 70 years. Russ, as he was known to most, played all over northern Arizona and for 10 years in southern California in his younger years. During the late ‘60s and into the ‘70s he served as president of the Northern Arizona Baseball League. He was also an avid runner and loved to participate in the Senior Olympics held in Phoenix, where he won numerous medals well into his 70s.
He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, the American Legion and the Knights of Columbus for over 50 years. He was a proud member of the Democratic Party and served in many volunteer positions over the years.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Carmen Marquez; three children, Mark (Dee), Steve (Ana) and Linda (Steve) Pyles; 10 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Juan and Felice; four siblings, Clemente, Regina, Julian and Virginia; and a great-grandson, Joshua.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests you make a donation to Disabled American Veterans online at www.DAV.org or by mail to P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, Ohio 45250-0301.
  Greer’s Mortuary of Winslow was in charge of the arrangements.RussMarquez