Marcus Samuel Del Rio, 30, died Tuesday at his home in Fort Worth.
He was born in Fort Worth and had lived in the Dallas-Fort Worth area all his life.
Del Rio is survived by his parents, Cesar Del Rio and Ida Aunquoe Del Rio; his brothers, Cesar Del Rio Jr. and his wife Christine, Dean Del Rio and his wife Marcel and Kristian Del Rio; his sister Christina Del Rio; his best friends Kristie Kiker and Dustin McGee; many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
A celebration of his life was to be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Cedar Creek United Methodist Church, followed by burial at the Aunquoe Family Cemetery in Carnegie, Okla.
Jack Lee Kenyon, 45, former owner of Organics Landscaping and Design, died May 16 after fighting AIDS and three bouts of cancer for more than 20 years.
At the time of his death, he was one of the longest surviving AIDS patients in the country – having become HIV positive in the early 1980s and had battled the disease bravely and aggressively over the years. He was a participant in numerous medical studies both in Dallas and at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. His participation in these studies likely contributed to his success in fighting the disease and facilitated many of the dramatic advances in AIDS research over the years. He also was an active volunteer at the Dallas AIDS Resource Center.
Jack was born in Lubbock and attended school in both Lubbock and Dallas until graduating from Monterey High School in Lubbock and attending Texas Tech. He moved back to Dallas in 1979 and started his landscaping business about 20 years ago.
He worked on numerous residential and commercial properties, and a significant amount of his efforts can be seen in the gardens and landscaping designs of many houses that are part of the resurgence of residential renovations in Oak Cliff. He also designed the landscaping of several Greenville Avenue properties, including the award-winning patio at J Pepe’s restaurant.
He is survived by his mother, Gillian Johnson, and her husband, Charley of Dallas; his brother, Bill Kenyon and his wife Patty, and son, Ben, of Austin; brother, John Kenyon and his wife, Codi, of Dallas, and sister, Carla Kenyon, and her daughter, Kenyon Demler, of Austin. He’s also survived by his stepsiblings Rob Johnson, Nancy Johnson and Dr. Miles Johnson and his wife, Cindy, and their children, Evie, Mac and Elle.
He also is survived by his adoptive family of Randy Wooley, Tom Jones, Charlie Mead and Bradley Jeffreys of Dallas. These four were responsible for incredible acts of kindness to Jack, especially over the last few months of his life and the family would like to issue a special thanks to them, as well as Dr. Brady Allen, his doctor whose dedication and friendship sustained Jack over these many years.
Memorials may be made to the Dallas AIDS Resource Center.
Kenneth (Kenny) L. Lowery Jr., 43, died May 19 in Plano.
Lowery was born in Dallas and graduated from Bishop Dunne High School in 1981. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Enterprise for three years and received an associate’s degree from Stephen F. Austin University where he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity.
Lowery loved his dogs and had a great sense of humor.
Lowery is survived by his father and mother, Kenneth Lee Lowery Sr. and Margaret Holub Lowery of Dallas; his partner, Morris Garcia of Plano; sister, Kathy Lowery Abelli and husband Rudy of Dallas; brother, John Lowery of Dallas; one nephew, Rudy Abelli III; grandmother, Eunice Holub of Palmer; and many other extended family members and friends who loved him and will miss him.
Rosary was held Wednesday in the chapel of the Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home, and a Memorial Mass was held Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, with Father Michael Guadagnoli as celebrant.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to St. Joseph’s Altar Society.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home in Waxahachie.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition, May 26, 2006.