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Obituary for Israel Neftali Marquez Pivaral

Israel Neftali Marquez, 73, of Mapleton, passed away on March 8, 2022, in Provo, Utah.

A celebration of life will be held on March 19th, 2022 at 11AM at 761 E 400 N in Spanish Fork, Utah. For those who are unable to attend in person, please join us via zoom: https//

Israel was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala to Moises and Berta Marquez on January 3, 1949. From a young age, Israel was industrious and worked to help support his family. He worked during the day and attended night school in the evening. On Valentine’s Day in 1975, Israel met the love of his life, Estelita. They were married on December 4, 1976, in Guatemala, and sealed in the Mesa Arizona Temple.

In the 1970’s Israel was inspired to get involved in the labor movement to protect the rights of workers in the Coca-Cola plant in Guatemala. He was a fierce advocate of justice and equality. He served as the Secretary General of the Central Bottling Workers Union (STECSA) in Guatemala. Working in the labor movement during this time was very dangerous and there were multiple kidnapping and assassination attempts on his life.

In 1979 Israel, Estela and baby Berta, fled Guatemala and lived as refugees in Costa Rica and Mexico until they emigrated to the United States in 1985. While exiled from Guatemala, Israel continued the work of advocacy and traveled to over 30 countries to create awareness of the abuse inflicted on the Guatemalan workers. STECSA honored Israel for his commitment to advocacy with a medal for his valiant service. Israel knew his life was preserved because God still had a great work for him to do.

Israel and Estela eventually settled in California where they raised their seven beautiful children. Israel provided for his family by establishing his own business in appliance repair. He continued to impact the lives of those around him as he dedicated his life to service. In 2006, Israel and his family moved to Utah where he served as a bishop of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and held other leadership callings. Apart from church service, Israel often took it upon himself to meet the temporal and spiritual needs of his community. He loved God by serving others and it was not uncommon for him to humbly serve quietly in the background. Many in the community remember Israel for his generosity and kind spirit.

Israel is preceded in death by his parents, Moises and Berta Marquez, sister, Nidia Marquez and his daughter, Berta Eloisa Marquez. He was joined by his sister, Sonia Jong, two days after his passing.
Israel is survived by his wife, Estelita, his children, Camilo, Fatima, Fabiola, Stephanie, Doris, Samuel, 16 grandchildren, and his siblings, Amanda, Araceli, Heidi and Moises.

The family would like to thank friends and family for the many prayers and support given to us during this difficult time. The family of Israel also wishes to extend sincere thanks to the nurses, respiratory therapists, and doctors of Utah Valley hospital for the care and compassion provided to our father.

It gives us comfort and peace to know that Families can be together forever and that our beloved father graduated with honors from his earthly mission.

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