Luis Mauro Solis, 86, of Provo, UT passed away January 14, 2022 following complications of emergency surgery. He was surrounded by loved ones, including his sweetheart of 65 years.\n\nLuis was born on February 8, 1935 in Guayaquil, Ecuador to the late Luis Angel Solis and Haydeé Mercedes Rodriguez de Solis. He was the second of four siblings: Lucho Rivadeneira, a sister who died at birth, and Publio Solis.\n\nAt 18, he was conscripted into the Ecuadorian army. When Luis turned 20, his dad helped him get a job at El Telegrafo. He worked his way up and soon started his career as a Linotype machine operator. Walking to and from work, he met the love of his life "his socia", Leonor Solis. They were married on November 3, 1956. Later, Luis, Leonor, and their three daughters were sealed in the Los Angeles Temple for time and all eternity on February 1980. In 1967 when he was 32, he continued his career as a sports reporter for El Universo, the largest daily newspaper in Ecuador, where he retired after 12 years. \n\nLuis was always on the move as a natural born athlete. He brought this love of sports to his children and later, his grandchildren. From taking his wife to boxing matches and fútbol games on dates to waking up before sunrise to teach his daughters how to properly swim and dive at the Olympic pool, athletics was paramount. As a skilled and passionate amateur soccer player, he would drop everything and join in on any game in progress. Even if he was in a suit and tie!! He was super competitive and loved to cheer on his son at basketball, as well as his grandchildren in baseball, swimming, basketball, and soccer. In his later years, he could always be seen going on his daily 3 mile walk around the neighborhood.\n\nLuis also sought out adventure, having a love for travel. With his young daughters and wife, they frequently traveled to Mexico, Colombia, and Peru. Later on with his son and wife, they often traveled to Ecuador and Hawaii, which would later lead to his love of Hawaiian shirts. His biggest adventure came when his family of five at the time moved to the United States, first to Burbank, California, where they welcomed a son. Soon after they moved to Orem and finally settled in Provo, UT.\n\nAs the patriarch of his family, he led as an example of church service and Christlike love. Being one of the early Latter-Day Saint families in Ecuador, he served as one of the first branch presidents for the area. His leadership and dedication to his calling would lead to the first temple in Ecuador to be built in Guayaquil. \n\nTo his grandchildren, “Papito” was a kind, smiling presence. Always sneaking them a five dollar bill or a caramelo, he loved each one of them with all of his heart.\n\nLuis will be greatly missed and his life will be cherished in the lives of his wife, Leonor Solis, and his daughters, Beatriz Smith and husband Gary, Ann Maynez and husband Alex, Roxy Gleed and husband Michael, and son Mauricio Solis and wife McKenna; ten grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. \n\nHis parents, Luis Angel Solis and Haydeé Mercedes Rodriguez de Solis, as well as his three siblings, preceded him in death and are enjoying a welcome embrace and a happy reunion.\n\nThe viewing will be held at Nelson Family Mortuary on Saturday, January 22 at 9:00 AM MST. The funeral service will start at 10 AM MST and will be broadcast. Following the service, a private burial service for family and close friends will take place at Eastlawn Memorial in Provo, UT.