A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 22, at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church for Mark "Bull" Torrez of Artesia, New Mexico. A Rosary will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 21st, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church.
Pallbearers will be Matthew Torrez, Jim Palmer, Joshua Palmer, Israel Bejarano, Scott Gutierrez, and Jeffrey Ross. Honorary pallbearers will be Nubbin Crouch, Robert Torrez, Steve Vargas, Dominic Bejarano, Felix Herrera, and Liam Tryon.
Mark "Bull" Torrez, 53, beloved Father, was called to his eternal resting place on February 16, 2018.
He entered this world on January 6, 1965 in Artesia, NM, born to Raul and Consuelo Torrez.
Mark was employed as a plumber, and a true "jack of all trades" when it came to working with water systems. He had an excellent work ethic about always "getting the job done right", a mindset he passed along to his children. Often times, he did not charge his patrons for his services, even at late hours. Bull never knew a stranger. He was never without a joke to share, and always wanted to make those around him laugh. Although laughter was a big part of his life, Bull was serious when it came to helping those in need, whether it was an ear to listen with, or arms to embrace someone that needed a hug. He had many struggles in life that he battled daily, but he used the lessons from those struggles to help others, up until the day he passed. Bull forgave himself for his past mistakes, and did everything in his power to show others how to forgive themselves for their transgressions. Mark did not see color or social status; he saw the person as a whole, and who they were in their heart, young and old alike. Words cannot describe how much he will be missed by his family, friends, and those he impacted on a daily basis.
Mark is survived by his two children, Matthew Torrez and girlfriend Rebecca Tryon of Ruidoso, NM, and Samantha Torrez, of Lubbock, TX, his mother Consuelo Martinez of Artesia NM, his father-in-law, JT Ross of Lakewood, and the mother of his children, Bonnie Ross Torrez, of Artesia, NM. He is also survived by his plethora of brothers of sisters, including Antonio Torrez and wife Rebecca Torrez of Artesia, Raul Torrez and wife Donna Torrez of Artesia, Cecilia Palmer and husband Jim Palmer of Lake Arthur, Felicia Bejarano and husband Oscar Bejarano of Artesia, Christina Chavez and husband Tony Chavez of Artesia, and Benjamin Torrez and wife Sofia Torrez of El Paso, TX. He is also survived by his adopted brothers Bernardo Hinojos of Tuscon, AZ, and Rudy Hinojos of Dubai. Mark is also survived by numerous and beloved aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews, and a grandson, Liam Tryon.
Mark was proceeded in death by his father, Raul Torrez, his mother-in-law, Ruth Ross, and his great-nephews, Cy Palmer, Elijah Garcia, and Jaydon Bejarano. He is also proceeded in death by his good friend Auggie Corona.
Mark was an ol'skool friend that i can remember walking down the hallways laughing at all his jokes. He came to school every single day with a smile on his face and ready to start a new day. If he was having a bad day, he never showed it. I ran into him doing some plumbing work to my Mom's house last year and he came up and gave me a HUGE bear hug!! Mark was the best!! I will miss him. RIP MARK!!
Cindy Martin-DixonArtesia, NM
I was truly saddened when I heard of Mark's passing. He was an all-around great guy. Please know that I am praying for your entire family.
Karla ChavezArtesia, NM
Mark taught me everything I know about working hard and staying true to myself. You will be missed big brother.
Randy HarrisonRoswell, NM
Gilbert GuerreroKellyville, OK
Please find comfort in knowing that our Heavenly Father hears and is listening to your prayers for comfort and truly understands the depth of your grief and loss.
“God is close to the brokenhearted; he saves those who are crushed in spirit.”—Psalm 34:18, 19.
My deepest sympathy for this difficult time you are going through.
Rebecca MitchellOklahoma City, OK
I love you BOOSHEY... your one of the greatest people I know!! You'll be missed dearly!!
Kayla GattshallArtesia, NM
My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this sorrowful time. Mark will surely be missed. God Bless!
Lorenzo V. OrozcoGrants, NM
Cecilia, Felicia, and family I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Lucy MorganRoswell, NM
RIP brother Mark.
My deepest condolence to the family mark was a good man
Michael GallegosArtesia, NM
You will be missed so much my dear friend. Words cannot express how much I am saddened by the sudden loss of you. You were my best friend once upon a time and even though we had drifted apart you will never be forgotten. My heart goes out to your family during this tragic loss of such an amazing person. I love you my dear friend and may you fly with the angels.
Megan and Ishmael CalderonArtesia, NM
May Mark RIP....prayers for you all...
veronica brizenoArtesia, NM
Rip brother u r gonna be gone but not forgotten.muncho amor
Benjamin valdezRoswell, NM
My condolences and prayers for the family Mark was a good man always help people that needed help may u RIP my friend u will be missed
Juanita AguilarArtesia, NM
My heart was broken when I heard the news.. All the years I've known Mark, he was a light that shown the path to God. Rarely did we have a conversation, that God wasn't mentioned. I know Mark put God in a lot of peoples hearts, and for that he well be rewarded greatly - although he will be missed greatly in this world.
Jeff DavisArtesia, NM
RIP you will be missed Mark Torrez you will always be in our hearts 💕 you may be gone but never forgotten. Love you cousin.
Ramona BarelaArtesia, NM
Dear friend, you will be missed deeply. So many memories growing up. Always helping others, making people laugh. May You Rest In Peace.
Manuel C KelleyEl Paso, TX
To my little Brother, time was never on our side, but that little time will always be engraved in my soul. Love you until we met again.
Bernardo HinojosAbu Dhabi,
Our condolences to the family, conki I will miss u primo,we had a blast working at the city, you welcome me with open arms my first day with the city, thank you conki for all you did Rip my friend.
Andy &Nellie SanchezCarlsbad, NM
Prayers Felicia and Cecilia may Mark rip
Nancy Duran HernandezHobbs, NM
Bull one of the greatest I've known I'm glad I got to meet u and have you as a friend I can't believe you are gone one things for sure you,will never be forgotten... r.i.p. buddy OL pal...
Tracie MadridRoswell, NM
You will be missed by many RIP sweet angel
Delma FernandezOdessa, TX
Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family. We will always remember Mark. God bless you all, much love to all the family.
Rudy & Elva HinojosTucson, AZ
Sylvia HinojosPleasant Grove, UT
To all of Mark (Bulls) family , especially his mother Connie & all of his bro & sisters. I’m truly sorry for his loss , I wish I had the perfect words to say but I’m speechless , Mark was a great friend and I never never ever saw him not smileing , or be laughing or mad he always was jolly happy & the politest person I ever met & just like a big Teddy Bear. He was a great person and my family will miss him but at least we have that promise to see him again now we all must live for Jesus . R.I.P. my good friend & classmate .
Viola (Vi) MuñozArtesia, NM
Dear Family, as I read Mark's obituary I was reminded just how true the paragraphs read. Mark truly was a person who didn't care who you were, what color, etc. He celebrated people and definitely believed in redemption for all of us. Over the years he always greeted me regardless of how much time had passed since we last saw each other. My Sincere Condolences to all of you.
Michael PittsArtesia, NM
Truley a wonderful person. Your gonna be missed Mark!
Ruth Sanchezbrunswick, GA
God bless brother.
Benjamin TorrezArtesia, NM
My sincere condolences to my Primo's family and our time of sorrow and refection. Rest In Peace, primo.
TOMMY R. CHAVARRIALAS VEGAS, NM