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Help pay burial expenses for Mario Colín
$2,520 Raised
60% of $4.2k goal
59 contributors
3 Years running
El Paso Artist Mario Colín died on October 5, 2013, leaving his wife, the poet Donna Snyder, staggering under grief and the unexpected funeral home and burial costs, for which she borrowed $5500. To order a grave marker will cost nearly $2000 more. More ...

Beloved El Paso Artist Mario Colín died suddenly unexpectedly at age 54 on October 5, 2013, leaving his wife, the poet Donna Snyder, behind, staggering under grief and the unexpected costs of funeral home and cemetary costs.  She borrowed $5500 to pay for the funeral home and cemetary, but could not afford to order even a memorial plaque for his grave, as she is no longer employed and living on early retirement due to serious health issues.  The simple metal plaque at Mount Carmel Cemetary will cost just under $2000.

Mario was an artist for la gente.  His murals are landmarks on the streets of El Paso, captured in books, periodicals, calendars, documentaries, art photography, and television, with no royalties ever paid to the artist.  His portraits and religious art also are found on the walls of families of limited means throughout El Paso, as he charged a fraction of their value, mere cents per hour of labor, in order to make his art and imagery available to the people and community he loved.

He was best known for painting the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe, the mestizo manifestation of the Virgin Mary, who appeared to a campesino, Juan Diego, at Tepeyac, a hill near what is now Mexico City, which had previously been dedicated to the indigenous Nahual goddess, Tonatzin.  

Thank you.

UPDATE:  His sister in Newport Beach has now offered to pay for the plaque. All donations will go to repay the loans taken out to pay for the funeral home services and the burial plot. I have not yet received the bills for the ER and ICU care. Your generosity and friendship has cheered me. This has been a hard year of many transitions. I am stunned by the generosity of people who have never met me, and only know me through my poetry and online correspondence, as well as old friends of mine and of Mario. Mario would be so proud.

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