Armando Elias Portillo II
February 10, 1989 ~ May 1, 2015
Viewing: Friday May 8th, from 6:00- 8:00 p.m. at Gillies Funeral Chapel, 634 East 200 South, Brigham City, Utah
Wake: Saturday, May 9th at 4:00 p.m. at the Eagles Lodge, 912 North Main, Brigham City
Interment: Brigham City Cemetery, Monday May 11th at 1:00 p.m.
Armando Elias Portillo Jr., our loving son, father, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend passed away on May 1, 2015. Armando was born February 10, 1989 in Ogden Utah, to Bobby Jo Thompson and Armando Portillo. Mondo was educated in the Box Elder County School system graduating from Box Elder High School in 2007. Mondo enjoyed snowboarding, long boarding, softball, baseball, basketball, disc golf and most of all football. He was the “greatest quarterback to play at Box Elder High.” He was the proud father of Jesalie Ann Portillo, who he adored. He taught her how play softball, snowboard, long board and they loved to play with their dog Maynard. They taught him many cool tricks. Mondo was a member of the Eagles and a huge supporter of Chive Charities. A special thanks to all of his amazing friends and family who adored him. Surviving are his father, Armando (Michele) Portillo; mother, Bobby Jo Puente (Eric Walters); Daughter, Jesalie Ann Portillo; Girlfriend McKenzie Johnson, Sisters, Brianna Mark, Katelyn VanDerzee; Brother, Mike Carlson; Grandma Francis Saunders; many Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. He was preceded in death by Grandma Opal Thompson, Grandpas Guadalupe Portillo & Dean Mellen; and Aunt Nancy Potts. A viewing will be held on Friday May 8th, from 6:00- 8:00p.m. at Gillies Funeral Chapel, 634 East 200 South, Brigham City Utah. A wake will be held Saturday, May 9th at 4:00 p.m. at the Eagles Lodge, 912 North Main, Brigham City. Interment will be in the Brigham City Cemetery, Monday May 11th at 1:00 p.m.
The world is dimmer without Armando in it. From our Lakeview years till the present, it was a privilege to know him. He always had the time to have a one on one chat, or to take a call, or return your messages. During my struggle with Cancer, Armando was an incredibly supportive friend. He took a leading role in raising funds to help finance some of my treatment, and at one point, lent me a significant amount for a prescription right out of his own pocket without a second hesitation. He was/is universally loved, we all gravitated toward him, he represented the very best among us. It truly was a privilege to know him, and I will be forever grateful for the time he was able to grace our lives.
From Uncle Damian,
Mondo was just a great kid, great smile. He would do anything for anybody without hesitation. Just seeing him grow up was a real prize in itself. He loved sports. He coached his Daughters' softball team, which was probably what he loved most. He was a great Father, he was teaching his daughter with sports or what ever she wanted to do, he was always her life. This kid was always up to something, but not without a great group of friends to help him out with whatever good, or bad, he was getting into. Your Dad had told me a story when you were younger that he had asked you who your favorite team was in football, and you ask him who his favorite team was, and he told you the Denver Broncos, evidently Orange was not your color, and asked who Uncle Damy’s team was, and he told you the Miami Dolphins, and you said that is my new teamJ. I remember always calling you and asking you if you were watching the Miami game when it was on or if you had seen the score, and you were always on it. You knew everything about them. (I taught you wellJ). You, Your Dad and I played on the same softball team and what a great time that was. You played Shortstop, I played 2nd base and Your Dad played 1st base. I remember one game where we almost turned a Triple play if not for me on making a bad throw to First base. They called us the Three Amigos. I remember watching you grow up and playing little league football, and man, could you play the gameJ. I had put You on my little league team for baseball and no one knew who you was because I didn't put you on the roster until we were trying to make the playoffs, so I lied, and said you was staying with your Mom for the summer and just gotten back from vacation, Man, could you play that sport too. I would do anything for this kid. I went to the Championship game that you played at Weber High School, when I saw you in that game, it was clear that you were going to be something special at playing the Quarterback position, and man, I was right. Anything Mondo touched, or did, turned GOLDEN. Your senior year in High School you was a TREAT to watch. I went to every game but one, Snow; Rain or shine, I was NOT going to miss a game. Man, could you play. There was also the time that you were up in the hills having a good time with your friends (until you got your jeep stuck), your Dad received a phone call from you that you had gotten your Jeep stuck in the hills and you needed help getting it out. So, your Dad and I went to find you, when we did, to this day I don’t know how your Dad got his truck in where you were stuck and pulled you out, but he did it. There are so many memories, never enough time to tell them all. I only ask that you watch over those of us here and let us know you are still with us. I know that you are making your Championship teams up there whether it’s for football or softball; and I know that you will guide them to the Promise Land. You will always be in my heart, my thoughts and my prayers, and I will always remember the great times. You will be deeply missed. I’m going to miss you #14. I LOVE YOU VERY MUCH. See you again someday.
LOVE UNCLE “D”
To Mondo's family:
Thank you for sharing Mondo with our family. We have many fond memories that started in the old hood and continue into adulthood. To Mondo's friends: He was your biggest fan. Honor his memory by being the best version of YOU that you can be; and look for opportunities to "pay it forward". God Bless!
Rich and Mindy Keller