Orlando H. Mascarenaz

Born: Sun., Jan. 28, 1940
Died: Sun., Feb. 3, 2013


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Feb. 08, 2013
Location: St. Joseph Catholic Church

Mass of Christian Burial

1:00 PM Sat., Feb. 09, 2013
Location: St. Joseph Catholic Church

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Orlando H. Mascarenaz of Leadville, Colorado passed away Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013 surrounded by his loving family.  He was 73 years at his passing.  Orlando was a Leadville native, born on January 28, 1940.  

Orlando met his sweetheart Lucille in Casper, Wyoming and later married her on April 16, 1959 in Leadville.   Together Orlando and his wife Lucille Mascarenaz raised a family of five.  Orlando was survived by his wife of 54 years Lucille Mascarenaz; daughters Lucy (Danny) Lovato of Leadville, Elizabeth (Billy) Jaramillo of Leadville, Margret (Danny) Martinez of Antonito, Colo. and son Matthew (Annette) Mascarenaz of Leadville.  He was blessed with 15 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews as well as 4 brothers and 2 sisters. Orlando is preceded in death by his son Orlando (John) Mascarenaz, daughter Debbie Mascarenaz, his parents and two brothers.  

Orlando was more than a loving husband, but a wonderful father, special grandpa and great grandpa.   Many will remember Orlando as a loving man who was very humble in the life he led.   He and his wife were yard sale fanatics and he loved to collect many things, but his favorite was monkeys. He had a great love for his pets.  He was an animal lover and wouldn’t hesitate to feed or take in a stray. Many loved to visit with him, have a smoke, some coffee and eat cupcakes.  He was a friend to many, old and young. The neighborhood children adopted him as their own grandpa.  They would knock on his door hold their hand out and say “save my life”.  Orlando always had lifesavers in his shirt pocket to give away.

Orlando’s faith was strong.  He was a long time member of Holy Family Parish and a true role model to his family and friends. He could also be found donating to many charities and helping anyone in need.

Orlando was a jack of all trades. He ran a gas station in Malta, he was a miner, and a custodian for the Lake County Courthouse where he retired after over 20 years of service. He will be truly remembered as a dependable hardworking individual.

Orlando’s passion for life was his family.  With this said he could be found hunting, fishing, camping and hiking.  All the grandkids were known to fight over who was going to cruise with grandpa.  He had all the best treats from cupcakes of all sort to his special brewed coffee.

Orlando’s humble spirit defined him for the kind man that he was.  His doors were always open to share, whether it was a Camel cigarette, or just an open ear.  Orlando had a kind approach which touched the hearts of all who knew him.   He was never one to judge and never had anything bad to say.  His old friends would remember him as a young buck with his white T-shirt and rolled up jeans.  He was a rebellious soul and known to be quite the jokester.

Orlando will be truly missed as there is no one now to save our lives.  His trade mark was giving everyone a Life SaverJ.  As he would have said in his younger days, “This here is the Double Eagle KQP9688 Over and Out”.  You leave us with deep goodbyes, but know you will be missed but never forgotten in our hearts, prayers and thoughts. Recitation of the Rosary was at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Leadville with Deacon Tony Werckman officiating. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 at  St. Joseph Catholic Church with Reverend Father Jesse Perez as Celebrant.  Interment was at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery with a reception following at Leadville Elks Lodge #236.  Bailey-Kent Funeral Home of Leadville assisted the family with arrangements.

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