|Birth: ||Feb. 8, 1937|
|Death: ||Feb. 9, 2010|
Louis J. Avila
With great sadness we mourn the sudden passing of our husband, father, brother, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, stepfather, step grandfather, friend and mentor. He passed away on February 10, 2010 of a stroke.
Louie was born to Matias and Sadie Avila on February 8, 1937, in La Madera, New Mexico. He was raised at Sacred Heart Orphanage in Pueblo, Colorado. He was a student at Mullen Catholic High School in Denver, Colorado. He eventually moved to Utah and graduated from West High School, in Salt Lake City. Louie joined the Utah National Guard in 1956. Micky Parks was Louie's first and only boxing coach when he boxed amateur for the National Guard. He turned professional in 1960. Louie meeting Muhammad Ali "Cassius Clay" was a moment he never forgot. In 1990 he coached the corner for Oscar De La Hoya, Shanye Mosley, Gregory Williams, Tim Austin, and coached the corner of Peay Wolfgram who won the first Silver Olympic Medal for the Tongan Olympic Team at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. Louie retired from UDOT after 27 years of service. From 1999-2001 he coached boxing to the Utah Peace Officers Standards Training cadets under the Department of Public Safety. He was a committed boxing coach for 38 years. In 2003, he received the "Coach, Mentoring and Befriending the Youth Award within the Hispanic Community" from Utah Governor Olene Walker. And the "Distinguished Latino Award for Outstanding Service in Youth Sports" from Tony Yapias; 20 years of service with Salt Lake City Corporation at the Sorenson Center as the Boxing Coach and Fitness Coordinator.
His satisfaction was to inspire by example the youth and give them a good life with direction.
He is survived by his loving wife, Elizabeth; and his caring children, daughter, Terrie Carter, sons, John Avila (Shanna), and Frank Avila (Adrian); eight grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; stepchildren, Roland Lopez (Diane), Robert Lopez (Corbie); five step grandchildren; sisters, Sophie (Bob), Angie (Hector), Emilia (David); brothers, Richard (Pat), Marcell (Perriane); and many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents, Matias Avila and Sadie Ortega Garcia; stepfather, Delfino J. Garcia; sister, Christina Avila; nephew, Adrian Garcia; brother in law, Bob Inge; and former wife, Louisa E. Avila.
"Dad, Grandpa, Pops, Louie -Thanks for being who you are. We love you!"
"Brother Louie - Our deepest affection. We will miss you and you will never be forgotten. Love, your brothers and sisters."
"Louie - Thank you for being such a meaningful part of our lives. You gave us unconditional love and respect, for which we will always be grateful. Love, your step-family."
"My dearest husband and soulmate - My heart is broken and never will be mended. Thanks for the memories. See you soon. Happy Valentines. I Love You."
A viewing will be held on Monday, February 15, 2010 from 6:00 -8:00 p.m. with a Rosary following the viewing at Murray Memorial Mortuary, 5850 South 900 East.
A special tribute to Louie will be held, Tuesday, February 16, 2010, 10:15 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Madeleine, 331 East South Temple, SLC. A funeral mass will follow the tribute. Interment at Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery, 275 "U" Street, SLC. To share a memory of Louis, go to www.memorialutah.com
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The Boxing Youth at Sorenson Multi-Cultural Center. 801-974-2420.
(Published in Salt Lake Tribune on February 14, 2010)
Sadie Marie Ortega Garcia (1917 - 2002)
Louisa Darlene Eresuma Avila (1938 - 2003)*
Mount Calvary Cemetery
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Created by: Pat Pitcher
Record added: Jul 10, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 93409744