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Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Rest in Peace: Deacon Magdaleno Casillas

the Inland Register

(From the September 19, 2013 edition of the Inland Register)

Deacon Magdaleno Casillas Carlos, ordained for the Spokane Diocese Aug. 4, 2006, died Sept. 6 at Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake.

Viewing and rosary were Sept. 10. The funeral Mass was celebrated the next day. Both took place at Sacred Heart Parish, Othello, where he ministered as a deacon. Burial at Bess Hampton Memorial Gardens followed the Mass.

He was born in Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico on May 29, 1956 to Florentino and Gabriela Carlos Casillas. He moved to Arizona in 1974 and worked in agriculture throughout the region. He settled in Othello in 1990.

In 1992 he met Margarita Tapia and they married May 27, 1995. In time they had five children.

Magdaleno continued working with the harvest, at first in the fields then as a truck driver. He loved the Catholic Church and its teachings so much that in 2002 he began deacon formation. He was ordained by Bishop William Skylstad at Sacred Heart, Othello, and was appointed spiritual advisor to the Spanish-speaking Cursillo Movement in 2007.

He was known as a hard worker, at home, on the job, or helping a neighbor. He will be remembered as a giving, kind and compassionate person who loved his family and his church.

He is survived by his wife, Margarita; his son, Sergio, of Warden, Wash.; his daughters, Patty Avelar of Moses Lake and Leticia, Beatris and Mireya Casillas, all of Warden; and several brothers.

Deacon John Sicilia, the Spokane Diocese’s Director of Deacons, said that he found Deacon Casillas “to be a man of few words, someone to whom you listened when he had something to say, because it was very solid and thoughtful.”

Deacon Casillas was “very spiritual and prayerful,” said Deacon Sicilia. “He was open to God’s will for him and did not complain. His family was number one in his life.”


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