Margarito “Marcos” Uranga Urquidez

Margarito “Marcos” Uranga Urquidez, 86, of Alpine, Texas passed away peacefully, surrounded by loved ones in Phoenix, Arizona on May 17, 2020. 

Margarito was born May 8, 1934 in Presidio, Texas to Liborio and Mercedes Uranga Urquidez.  He was the youngest of 10 brothers and sisters.

His family moved to Alpine early in Margarito’s childhood, where he was raised, educated, and he earned his high school diploma.

Margarito served in the U.S. Army as an infantryman, where he participated and was honored with medals during the Korean Conflict. When Margarito returned from Korea, he served in the Army reserves for six additional years. During this time, he worked for Big Bend National Park in the National Parks Service.

Margarito then began his career for Big Bend Regional Medical Center on Jan. 4,1962 in the Plant and Operations Department. When Margarito retired after 35 years on Aug. 29, 1997, he was the hospital’s longest tenured employee. 

Margarito was known to be cheerful and always whistling. He always looked forward to watching his favorite team - the Dallas Cowboys - play on Sundays. He loved working with his hands-on carpentry, woodwork, masonry, and plumbing. He could fix just about anything.

Rosary will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church at 406 South 6th Street in Alpine. Burial will be at the Holy Angels Cemetery.

Margarito is survived by his wife of 64 years, Estefana “Nonie” Urquidez, and daughters Rebecca U. Thomas of Phoenix, and Adela U. Samara of Carlstadt, New Jersey. He is also survived by grandchildren Amanda Tubig of San Antonio, Texas, Shelly Hughes of Tucson, Arizona, Jimmie Thomas of Phoenix, Basil Samara of Swampscott, Massachusetts, Mona Samara Twam of Totowa New Jersey, and Sami Samara and Ahmed Samara of Carlstadt.  

Great grand children are Emerald Bustos (19), Sage Bustos (17), and Jade Tubig (12) of San Antonio, Texas, Thomas Hughes (5) and James Hughes (2) of Tucson, and Wade E. Thomas (4) and Axel M. Thomas (1) of Phoenix.

Alpine Memorial Funeral Home has been entrusted with his services. Online condolences may be left at