Jose Valencia Uriz, age 79, of Decatur, GA passed away Sunday, February 16, 2014. He was born September 18, 1934 in Ardaiz in Navarra, Spain to Vicenta Valencia Uriz and Franciso Zuibiri Uriz. He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Albert Uriz and Esteban Uriz of Buckeye, Arizona and Jose Antonio Uriz of Pamplona, Spain. He is survived by his wife, Mercedes Uriz of Decatur, GA; daughter, Lenora Teresa Uriz of Snellville, GA; sons, Joe Frank Uriz and Steve Anthony Uriz of Lawrenceville, GA; granddaughter, Hannah Victoria Reid; daughter-in-law, Jessica Dyan Uriz; son-in-law, Derek Keith Spiller; sisters, Maria Angeles Saez, Eladia Uriz, Carmen Mantecon of Pamplona, Spain. Mr. Uriz came to America from Spain in 1958 to work as a sheepherder with his brothers in Arizona, and that is where he met the love of his life, Mercedes Uriz, whom he married in 1963 at Saint Thomas More Church in Decatur, GA. They had three children, Lenora Teresa Uriz, Joe Frank Uriz, and Steve Anthony Uriz. He worked in the restaurant industry for over 35 years and retired in 2000. Mr. Uriz had a great passion for the outdoors with gardening and loved to plant azaleas, magnolia trees, and tomato plants in his yard. Over the course of his lifetime, he had many dogs that meant so much to him (Lassie, Sugar, Keno, Laddie, Caramela, Cookie, Mocha, & Cocoa). A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am, Friday, February 21, 2014 at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel. The family will receive friends from 3:00-8:00 pm, Thursday, February 20, 2014 at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy, Lawrenceville, GA 30046, 770-277-4550. Online condolences may be expressed at

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  1. Our deepest sympathies are with you and your family at this time. Please know that we will continually keep you in our prayers.

  2. Words cannot express how much we all want to say to you and your family. May you all find the Lord’s peace and may He wrap His loving arms around you.

  3. Mercedes, Joe Frank, Lenora, Steve…I am so very sorry for your loss of your husband and father. Your Arizona family sends their condolences.

  4. So sorry for your loss. I know he will be missed for years to come. My thoughts and prayers are will the Uriz family during this difficult time.

  5. I’m sorry about your loss. It’s such a comfort to know that our creator has plans for all our dear dead love ones. Acts 24:15 says there’s going to be a ressurrection of all those who fell sleep in death. I will keep you and family in my prayres.
    Duke Fam.

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