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Obituary: Michael Joseph Marquez 1973-2016

Michael Joseph Marquez

Michael Joseph Marquez

August 1, 2016 talented artist and retired local musician Michael Joseph Marquez, 42, of Cottonwood passed away. He was born December 11, 1973 in Flagstaff, AZ to Sharyn (Word) and Alexander Marquez.

"The world definitely has less laughter and love without Michael in it." S.P.

Michael grew up in Cottonwood; attended Mingus Union High School and Yavapai Community College.

An outstanding guitarist known for playing in local bands: Desert Ratz, Fourth Border, and Turn Eleven. Michael influenced many lives through his hobbies of art, music, bicycle riding, and martial arts.

He was someone you instantly looked up to...wanted to be...and ultimately became one of your favorite people. A comedian in his own right Michael would always try to put a smile on your face. He was kind, selfless and always willing to help anyone out.

He holds the hearts of many and will forever be missed; that's just how he rolls.

Michael was preceded in death by his grandparents- Dale and Norma Stearley, Gilbert and Maxine Marquez and Beatrice Marquez. Father- Alexander Marquez, Aunt-Margaret (Marquez) Thompson, and Great-Niece Kazlee A. Harrison.

He is survived by his loving fiancée Thea Dunning, Mother- Sharyn Word, Big Brother-Paul Marquez, Little Sister- Andrea Marquez, Nephew- Santiago Herrera, and Nieces- Darian Marquez and Alexia Herrera, Best Friends- Buck Bradford and Zach Glazer, as well as several other family members, neighbors and friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held on October 15, 2016 at Riverfront Park in Cottonwood from noon to 3 p.m.

An online guestbook is available to sign at

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