Gilberto Magaña Jr, 30, of Riverton, Utah passed away on October 21, 2022. Born March 28, 1992, into the loving and supportive arms of his parents, Gilberto and Jenny Magaña. Graduate of Riverton High School, Class of 2010.
Little Gilbert, Panzón, as everyone knew him, lived life to the beat of his own drum. Loud and proud. Panzón will forever be remembered for his love of music and dancing, hearing him sing every Selena and Mariah Carey song from his heart and soul, busting his show stopping moves and always being the life of the party.
Most, if not all who knew Panzón, knew you had a best friend for life in him. Everyone knew you could call him anytime, day or night, whether it be for an unjudging listening ear, heartfelt advice, or to be your partner in crime. Panzón had your back.
Gilbert's most dedicated and loyal best friend is his mama, Jenny. Gilbert and Jenny shared an unbreakable and unconditional bond that both cherished most in their lives. Little Gilbert and his dad also had a close and honest relationship. Two men of the same name and both with a great ability of understanding and accepting all. They spent most of their time in deep conversations, great debates and Little Gilbert spent many times listening to his dad's famous lectures. Panzón's childhood was spent making loving long lasting memories with his sisters, Raquel, his second mom and Angelica, his very first best friend. Gordis, Concha and Panzón, the 3 musketeers. The 3 spent their never-ending summers playing, laughing, scheming, and adventuring alongside their many cousins. Gilbert gained an older brother in Carlos, who loved, accepted, and supported him until the very end.
We ask that Gilbert be celebrated, remembered, and honored by all who loved him with living life to the fullest, loving fiercely with all your heart and most importantly being your truest self as authentically and unapologetically as OUR PANZÓN lived his life.
Gilbert is survived by his parents, Gilbert Sr. And Jenny Magaña; sisters, Raquel Magaña, Angelica (Carlos) Navarro; nieces & nephew, Nayeli Lopez, Tatiana Navarro, Solio Lopez; grandmother, Maria Jesus Magaña; and many loving and supportive aunts; uncles; cousins; and so many very dear friends.
Preceded in death by his nana Odilia Velasquez; grandfathers, Bill Candelaria Sr., Roberto F. Magaña; and uncle, Bill Candelaria Jr.
Funeral mass will be held Thursday, October 27, 2022, 12:00 noon at St. Ann Catholic Church, 2119 South 400 East, Salt Lake City, Utah. A rosary will be held Wednesday, October 26th, 6:00 p.m., at McDougal Funeral Home, 4330 South Redwood Road, Taylorsville, Utah, followed by a public viewing at 7:00 p.m. Interment, Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery & Mausoleum, 4th Avenue at "T" Street, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Wednesday services can be attended virtually at: https://vimeo.com/764357969