Marc Alvarado
Marc Alvarado
  • November 22, 1927 - May 6, 2017
  • Thornton, Colorado

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In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Matt Lopez Scholarship Fund.
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, dad, grandfather, brother-in-law, uncle, and friend. Marc passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on May 6. We were so looking forward to celebrating his 90th birthday in November.

Marc grew up the youngest of 11 children. He worked from a very early age since his father died when he was just two years old. He spent four years in the Navy during World War 11. When he returned, Marc went to work as a baggage handler at the Union Station in Denver. After 25 years at Union Station, he started working for the United States Post Office. He was there 20 years before he finally retired. Despite the early struggles, he was too proud to ever accept welfare and government assistance. Instead, he always worked one or two other part-time jobs in addition to his primary job to supplement his income to support his family.

In 1954, Marc and his wife, Loyda, moved to Thornton where they were one of the first 100 families to move to this suburb. He took her out of Denver where her family lived and decided this was where they were going to start their new life.

Marc adored his family. Although he worked 10-16 hours/day, he was a hands-on family man who made time to take his wife, Loyda, out dancing and doted on his three daughters, Diana, Karen, and Joyce. After he retired, he loved spending time with his grandson, Matt, and two granddaughters, Michal and Lindsey. He also loved playing golf with his friends -walking the entire 18 holes until he was in his early 80s. He also loved to bowl and was on multiple leagues.

Marc loved music especially big bands, sambas, and jazz. He loved being around others and was usually the life of the party. He was an incredible dancer and loved to go, what he said was, "dancing and romancing." He had a mind like a steel trap, and up to the end, Marc was sharing jokes with others, and they'd laugh out loud since they were usually not family-friendly jokes!

Our dad was a very big presence, and a very big light in all of our lives. There is now a huge void, and we will miss him dearly. The patriarch is gone.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Matt Lopez Scholarship Fund where scholarships will go to West High students in Denver, Marc's alma mater.

Viewing on Sunday, May 14 from 4-6 pm at Olinger Mortuary, 10201 Grant St., Thornton, CO 80229.

Services at Holy Cross Church, 9371 Wigham St., Thornton, CO. Rosary on Monday, May 15 at 10:30 a.m. And Mass at 11:00 a.m.

Reception to follow at the church.