October 1, 1943 – December 29, 2020
Melquiades Ortiz, age 77, of Montclair, California passed away on Tuesday, December 29, 2020. Melquiades was born October 1, 1943 in Harlingen, Texas to Baltazar and Santos Ortiz. Melquiades was a USMC Vietnam Veteran, retired after a 30 year Law Enforcement career and became a peer/support counselor at the Loma Linda VA hospital helping fellow veterans. Melquiades was also a published author of books on the subject of PTSD.
He is survived by his wife Elizabeth Aurelio-Ortiz, his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
A visitation for Melquiades will be held Monday, January 25, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Draper Mortuary, 811 North Mountain Ave, Ontario, CA 91762. A committal service will occur Tuesday, January 26, 2021 from 9:30 AM to 10:00 AM at Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Blvd, Riverside, CA 92518.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.Draper-Mortuary.com for the Ortiz family.
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
9:30 am - 10:00 am
Riverside National Cemetery
January 15, 2021
I want to express my deepest sympathies and condolences to Mike's family. He was a compassionate, caring, and kind soul. I was introduced to him by his son Mike in May of 2015 who encouraged his father a Vietnam Veteran to reach out and visit me when I was working on my Take Me home Huey project at the the Palm Springs Air Museum. I was touched when he went on to write a poem about my Huey helicopter sculpture #174 and also introduced me to his writer's group at the VA in Loma Linda. I am grateful for knowing him and will never forget him.
January 14, 2021
I DIDN'T KNOW WHERE TO START, GATHERING FOR LUNCH EVERYDAY AT WORK , ATTENDING YOUR WEDDING IN VEGAS AND SO MANY FUN MEMEORIES. LIZ, I'VE BEEN PRAYING FOR YOU AND THE FAMILY SINCE I HEARD THE DEVESTATING NEWS. MAY GOD GIVE YOU COMFORT IN THIS DEFFICULT TIME. LOVE ALWAYS!!
January 14, 2021
My condolences to the family. We’ve been neighbors for as long as we moved here in Montclair and we would celebrate Mark’s birthday at Shakey’s. Was great meeting you and the family watching Mark grow up. Best memory is that Mike shocked me when he spoke Spanish may God comfort and give the family strength to grieve. Rest In Peace