Mario Granado

mario granado

September 30, 1938 ~ January 26, 2023

Born in: Pecos, TX
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Mario Granado, 84, of Asheville, passed away at his home on Thursday, January 26, 2023.

Born September 30, 1938, in Pecos, TX, Mario was the son of the late Jose Granado and Anita Marquez Granado. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the 82nd Airborne and the 11th Airborne, and later worked as an engineer for Pirelli Tire and Titan International in Oak Ridge, TN.

Mario loved to share special moments with his wife and always looked forward to the opportunity to teach his grandson all he knew about life. Later he cherished the blessing of time to watch his two great-granddaughters play. He also enjoyed music, reading, and crossword puzzles.

Surviving is his wife, Estela Flores Granado; daughter, Valerie Saldana (Adrian); grandson, Josh Cavenaugh (Courtney); and brother, Arthur Granado (Kate).

Burial with Military Honors will be on Friday, February 10, at 2:00 p.m. (1400) at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery, Black Mountain, NC.

Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. is assisting his family.


Memorial Service: February 10, 2023 2:00 pm

Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery Chapel
962 Old US Hwy 70
Black Mountain, NC 28711

(919) 664-1195

Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. Sweet precious Uncle Mario.
    My mother adored you.
    We all did.
    You were like her twin.
    Your kind gentle presence in my father’s home when she passed was so comforting to all of us there.
    Our loving prayers are with your family, Aunt Stella & Valerie.
    Angela Falcon Traub

  2. Uncle Mario
    I am grateful for your loving kindness, laughter, and encouragement.
    We will hold on to all of it.
    My children and I have so many wonderful memories of Pecos at Grandma and Grandpa’s home.
    Forever in our hearts Tio❤️

  3. I remember the times we lived with grandparents when Uncle Mario would stop in to say hello on his way home from work. It was always a delight to see him. Love you and will miss you, Tío!

  4. My condolences Aunt Stella, Valerie and your families. Thank you for your kindness to me and my siblings. I always remember how sweet you were to my mom. – The Michalak’s

  5. Mario was a very sweet soul. He always had a smile on him face. Always helpful, attentive and loved his family. May he rest in eternal peace. My condolences to Stella, Valerie, Josh and family.

  6. What a beautiful smile Uncle Mario had. His bright light will be missed! He was so kind and positive. I remember that Uncle Mario was always nice to everyone and had a good sense of humor. Our deepest heartfelt condolences to you Valerie, Aunt Stella, & your family. -Love Vicky, Armagan, & twins

  7. Oh how you will be missed Uncle Mario. He certainly could light up a room and turn anyone’s smile upside down with his comical personality. I will forever be grateful that my kids had the opportunity to spend precious time with Uncle Mario and get to know him. The memories will be cherished forever.

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