Obituary of Marcos A. Melendez
Marcos Antonio Melendez, Jr., 72, passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of December 12, 2020 after a short illness. Marcos was born in Puerto Rico, the eldest of all the Melendez children. Athletically gifted from a young age, Marcos Jr. was known for his agility, grit and vision, both on and off the football field. Fleet of foot and wit, “Big Marcos’s” truest talent was making people laugh. Stranger to none and friend to all, his presence was always marked by an overwhelming charisma and a mischievous twinkle in his eye. Despite the physical stature of a former University of Iowa and NFL football player, he was also disarmingly gentle. On the rare occasion when he entered a room of unfamiliar faces, he always left amongst laughing friends. He is survived by his father, Marcos Antonio Sr.; brothers, Hector, Hiram, Javier, Felix; sister, Julia; son, Marcos Antonio III; daughter, Madeleine; granddaughters, Leila and Gabrielle Melendez; numerous nieces, nephews, in-laws and extended family. Services celebrating his life will be held at a later date to be announced. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made in his memory to the UIHC Children’s Hospital. To share a thought, memory or condolence with his family please visit the funeral home website @ www.gayandciha.com. Marcos Jr. was loved by a multitude of people, and his big laugh and even bigger heart will be sorely missed.