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Luis Maurice Rodriguez

April 10th, 1958 - September 22nd, 2022

Obituary Luis Maurice �Reese� Rodriguez April 10, 1958 - September 22, 2022 Reese was born in Bogota, Colombia, South America on April 10, 1958 to German Rodriguez and Ofelia Sarmiento Rodriguez. He was the second of three sons, between his older brother Herman and his younger brother, Kenneth. While he was very young, the family emigrated along with many of their relatives and settled in New Jersey. He traveled back and forth as a child and was able to enjoy growing up on his grandfather�s farm in Colombia (where many of his entertaining stories originate) while also enjoying the suburban life in the U.S. before permanently returning to the states. Reese graduated from Bergenfield High School in 1977. In 1983 he accepted Christ as his personal Lord and Savior and set his sights on the ministry. During that time he also got reacquainted with Sandra Bazurto, who was the daughter of his parents� friends who had also immigrated to the US from Colombia around the same time as they had. The two were married in 1985 and went on to have four children together and moved to Colorado. Reese was a dreamer with an entrepreneurial spirit who was never content to settle for a "standard" life. This resulted in his professions spanning construction to trucking to hotel management, and everything in between. His zeal for change and adventure also led to many relocations during his life, some more judicious than others, with stops in several states including North Carolina, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, and Colorado. Reese was very athletic and enjoyed a variety of sports, fishing, boating, and especially riding his Harley Davidson motorcycles with his friends from the Colorado Springs VFW Warriors as well as with his sons. He and his family spent the last 7 years in beautiful Longmont, Colorado. Reese was surrounded by his wife and children as he graduated peacefully from this realm to his heavenly forever home with Jesus. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Sandra; his son Matthew, daughter-in-law Blayne and his grand-daughter Ava Hudson Rodriguez; his sons Michael and Stephen, and his daughter Cassandra; his mother, Ofelia; his brothers Herman and Kenny. Reese was an adventurous and larger-than-life personality that will be sorely missed. He was 64. A Celebration of Life in his honor will be held at 4pm on Friday, October 21 at Redemption Church Denver, 4345 W 46th Ave, Denver, CO 80212 In lieu of flowers, please consider supporting Sandra with a financial gift to help with final expenses. A gift donation can be given here: https://gofund.me/fe76a770 Services You can still show your support by sending flowers directly to the family, or by planting a memorial tree in the memory of Luis Maurice Rodriguez

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Carlos Sarmiento

Some of my favorite memories I had growing up were some of the crazy things we did together growing up. You embraced me as a younger cousin that resulted in a very close bond. The greatest honor I could have ever had in our relationship was being able to share Jesus with you, and see you grow an excel in your love for the Lord. Moving to Florida together and starting our first ever business together was a great highlight and a huge confidence booster for me. We both served together on staff at the Orlando Christian Center and benefited greatly from being the same suit size as Pastor Benny; and man did we strut those Giorgio Armani threads. You will always hold a special place in my heart Maurice. Though we will miss you, I do not mourn hopelessly because I know you are in the presence of our God. Give my Dad and Babuela a big hug for me, and tell Jesus thank you for allowing us to share in His redemption plan. Until the Trumpet call and we meet in the air, love and peace to you!

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Claudia Sarmiento Bashaw

Dear cuz I have so many great memories of us as kids growing up in New Jersey. I am happy I got to see you recently when you came to Florida, sadly not ever knowing that would be the last time I would ever see you. My heart is heavy and sad. May you Rest In Peace till we see each again on the other side. Love you

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Vickie and Scott Riebel

Sandra and family, we are so very sorry to hear of Reese's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We have such great memories of him and you during the time you lived in CS. His support for veterans and the warriors was so appreciated.With much love and heartfelt sympathy.RIP Reese

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Theresa Hurst

My heart is aching that I will not be there for the service but I send so much love and prayer to Sandra , all the children, Herman, Ofelia and Kenny. A true friendship is rare but one that spans a lifetime, almost 53 years is even more rare. I thank God for blessing me with Maurice and this type of friendship. We met when I was 10 and Maurice was 11 and immediately became best friends. I have such wonderful memories but my favorite is of us walking home from school together from 6th grade all the way through high school. We would always stop for snacks and then go home to watch cartoons with Kenny. My family moved away but somehow he and I always stayed in touch, keeping up with each others families. There were years we didn't talk but somehow always found each other and caught up. His love for his family was fierce but especially for his beautiful Sandra, the love of his life. He and I had some great visits in the past few years but most recently in May when I was able to attend Cassie's graduation. It was so wonderful to finally meet everyone in person , after years of praying for each other. I knew in my heart it would probably be the last time I saw him and as much as it hurt, I was so thankful for the opportunity to say everything we wanted to. He gave me the best surprise when he opened his wallet and pulled out a piece of paper I had given him in 7th grade, it was a birthday note I put on his locker. Sandra was so kind to send it to me and I will treasure it forever. Of all the things we talked about and shared, it is his faith I am most thankful for and the fact that we could also share that together. And because of his faith I know we will see each other again one day. Until then he will live in my heart every day. My BFF Forever.

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Carlos Sarmiento

Beautifully said Claudia

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Vickie and Scott Riebel

Sandra and family, we are so very sorry to hear of Reese's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We have such great memories of him and you during the time you lived in CS. His support for veterans and the warriors was so appreciated. With much love and heartfelt sympathy.RIP Reese

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Carlos Sarmiento

Some of my favorite memories I had growing up were some of the crazy things we did together growing up. You embraced me as a younger cousin that resulted in a very close bond. The greatest honor I could have ever had in our relationship was being able to share Jesus with you, and see you grow an excel in your love for the Lord. Moving to Florida together and starting our first ever business together was a great highlight and a huge confidence booster for me. We both served together on staff at the Orlando Christian Center and benefited greatly from being the same suit size as Pastor Benny; and man did we strut those Giorgio Armani threads. You will always hold a special place in my heart Maurice. Though we will miss you, I do not mourn hopelessly because I know you are in the presence of our God. Give my Dad and Babuela a big hug for me, and tell Jesus thank you for allowing us to share in His redemption plan. Until the Trumpet call and we meet in the air, love and peace to you!

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Claudia Sarmiento Bashaw

Dear cuz I have so many great memories of us as kids growing up in New Jersey. I am happy I got to see you recently when you came to Florida, sadly not ever knowing that would be the last time I would ever see you. My heart is heavy and sad. May you Rest In Peace till we see each again on the other side. Love you ❤️

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Carlos Sarmiento

Beautifully said Claudia

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Theresa Hurst

My heart is aching that I will not be there for the service but I send so much love and prayer to Sandra , all the children, Herman, Ofelia and Kenny. A true friendship is rare but one that spans a lifetime, almost 53 years is even more rare. I thank God for blessing me with Maurice and this type of friendship. We met when I was 10 and Maurice was 11 and immediately became best friends. I have such wonderful memories but my favorite is of us walking home from school together from 6th grade all the way through high school. We would always stop for snacks and then go home to watch cartoons with Kenny. My family moved away but somehow he and I always stayed in touch, keeping up with each others families. There were years we didn't talk but somehow always found each other and caught up. His love for his family was fierce but especially for his beautiful Sandra, the love of his life. He and I had some great visits in the past few years but most recently in May when I was able to attend Cassie's graduation. It was so wonderful to finally meet everyone in person , after years of praying for each other. I knew in my heart it would probably be the last time I saw him and as much as it hurt, I was so thankful for the opportunity to say everything we wanted to. He gave me the best surprise when he opened his wallet and pulled out a piece of paper I had given him in 7th grade, it was a birthday note I put on his locker. Sandra was so kind to send it to me and I will treasure it forever. Of all the things we talked about and shared, it is his faith I am most thankful for and the fact that we could also share that together. And because of his faith I know we will see each other again one day. Until then he will live in my heart every day. My BFF Forever.

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