December 3, 2013 5:24 AM
Passed away November 15, 2013 after a lengthy illness. He has joined his parents Mauro Padilla Casarez and Carmen Lopez Casarez as well as his sisters Carmen "Mona" Casarez and Rosalinda Casarez Gonzales.
Mario was born January 9, 1956 in Santa Barbara. He attended local schools including SBCC, worked for Fazios Grocery store, London?s Furniture, was the owner of a strawberry farm in Santa Maria in the late 80?s and was a self-taught photographer. His photography work was found up and down the coast on postcards and in many aspiring models portfolios but more importantly he gave us the last photos of our Mom, amazing pictures of his nieces and nephews and memorable family reunion pictures.
Mario will be remembered as a dedicated 49ers and Giants fan as well as his vast knowledge of sports history that was second to none. He was compassionate and helpful by always keeping a door open to help family and friends, spending hours teaching his nieces and nephews everything he could, attending many of their events and taking them to places such as movies or golf & stuff, but most importantly he kept our family together after our Mom passed.
Mario will be greatly missed by his siblings Alfredo (Elsa) and Luis Lopez, Jana (Jesse) Garcia of Santa Barbara; Gloria Cardenas, Esmeralda Dominguez, Jessie, Mauro Jr, and Ruby Casarez of Oxnard and Anna Fabiola Barragan of Pasco, Washington, and 18 nieces and nephews, 1 great nephew, aunts, uncles, numerous cousins and countless friends.
A rosary was held at Our Lady of Sorrows church, 21 E Sola St, on Monday December 2 at 7:30 pm and a mass Tuesday December 3 at 10 am.