Mario Ortega, 14, of Marshalltown, died Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, at Taylor House Hospice in Des Moines. A celebration of Mario's life will be held at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, at the Mitchell Family Funeral Home in Marshalltown. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, at the Mitchell Family Funeral Home. A private family burial will follow services. Memorial contributions may be directed in Mario's name to Great Western Bank. For further information or to send a condolence please visit www.mitchellfh.com. The Mitchell Family Funeral Home is caring for Mario and his family.
Mario was born April 10, 1998, in San Diego, Calif., the son of Mario Antonio and Ronda Renee (Sheriff) Lovan. Their family lived in San Diego for a short time before moving to Des Moines and then Marshalltown when Mario was eight years old. Mario was currently a freshman at Marshalltown High School and had previously attended the Miller Jr. High, Lenihan and Rogers Elementary Schools. He was "all boy" and loved athletics, especially football and wrestling. Mario once scored six touchdowns in a single game of football and during his wrestling career, won 10 out of 12 wrestling matches. He also had a love for music, dancing and singing and especially enjoyed R&B and Hip-Hop music. When Mario had time, he also loved to go fishing at Sand Lake, Saylorville Lake and Lake Red Rock. Mario was full of life, loved his family and friends and will be dearly missed by all those who had the opportunity to share in his precious time here with us.
Mario is survived by his mother Ronda Lovan, of Marshalltown, his father Mario Ortega, of Morelia, Michocan, Mexico; his brothers: Skylee (Jamee) Chal, of Des Moines, and Savonny (Starr) Chal, of Des Moines; his sisters: Samiy Plascencia, of Nevada, Serena (Miguel) Reyes, of Grimes, and Zeferi Ortega, of Marshalltown; his nieces: Saphira, Xiylana, Miranda, Armani, Aya and Mileena and his nephew Ryu; his grandmothers: Brenda Sanchez, of Marshalltown, and Victoria Ortega, of San Luis Potosi, Mexico.
Mario was preceded in death by his brother Sachary Chal and his grandfather Ron Sheriff.