Marcelino Mares, 93, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, February 11, 2020. Marcelino was born in Dolores, Texas in 1926, but had been a life-long resident of Laredo. Born to migrant parents, Marcelino at a very young age began what would later be his life-long career as an accountant. A self-made man, he worked to educate himself, and aspired to someday become a small business owner, and have his own accounting firm. A dream that was fulfilled, and one that he never lost sight of for all of his adult life. Marcelino was a proud World War II veteran, having served in the United States Navy. To those who knew him well, they will tell you how this soft, gentle man, was an inspiration to others; always was willing to help others. Never lost sight of his humble and simple beginnings. To his family, he was just a simple man who reached success thru hard work and perseverance- qualities that made him stand out as an amazing father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, and best friend. Marcelino will always be remembered for his warm smile and laughter, for his vigor and love of life- a life well-lived all thru his 93 years. Mr. Marcelino was preceded in death by his parents, Antonio and Dolores Mares.Left to cherish his memory are his children, Cynthia Mares, Carlos Mares; step-children, Sally (Raul) Vasquez, Efrain (Jessica) Laurel Jr., Carlos (Patsy) Laurel; grandchildren, Marc A. (Lisa) Garza, Anel Mares; great-grandchildren, Zachary Garza and Jack Garza; and numerous step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren, loving relatives and friends. The family would like to extend gratitude to Dr. Carlos Espinoza, who became a good friend to Marcelino and Family, Dr. Rahimi, and Dr. Huang. As well as to all the nurses on the 2nd floor at LMC and especially to the ICU nursing staff. Their professionalism, dedication, and genuine compassion provided much appreciated comfort during difficult times. A rosary will be recited on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. in the Hillside Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.A funeral service will be held on Friday, February 14, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. from Hillside Funeral Home to St. Patrick Church on 555 E Del Mar Blvd. A mass will be celebrated at 12:00 p.m. Interment will follow to the family plot of the Calvary Catholic Cemetery. If you would like to sign the guestbook or send private condolences, you may do so at www.hillsidefuneral.com Arrangements are under the direction of Hillside Funeral Home, 310 Hillside Road.