Al­varado re­mem­bered for kind spirit

Utah wife, mother ‘saw the good in ev­ery­one’

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - #VEGASSTRONG: HOPE AND HEALING - By Sandy Lopez Las Ve­gas Re­view-jour­nal

Al­bert Al­varado re­mem­bers the first time he laid eyes on Heather Warino.

They were 13, and Al­varado told his cousin, who was her friend, “I’m go­ing to marry that girl.”

Aside from her pierc­ing blue eyes, it was her warm smile and pos­i­tive A year later, they mar­ried.

“She was my one and only true love,” Al­varado said. “She was lov­ing and giv­ing. There was never a time when she didn’t want to help some­body. She al­ways saw the good in ev­ery­one. She was per­fect.”

Heather Warino Al­varado, a 35-year-old mother of three, came to Las Ve­gas to at­tend the Route 91 Har­vest coun­try mu­sic fes­ti­val and was one of the 58 peo­ple killed when a gun­man fired on con­cert­go­ers on Oct. 1.

A funeral ser­vice will be held at 2 p.m. Fri­day at the Enoch Stake Cen­ter, 2233 E. Vil­lage Green Road, in Enoch, Utah.

Al­varado said his wife lived for their chil­dren: Syrus, 14, Al­bie, 9, and Char­lie, 4.

If she wasn’t cheer­ing loudly dur­ing their sport­ing events, she was plan­ning par­ties for her chil­dren and their friends.

“Ev­ery­thing she did was for them,” he said. “She loved our kids.”

In her down­time, Heather en­joyed spend­ing time out­doors. She loved go­ing fish­ing, camp­ing and spend­ing time in Can­cun, Mex­ico.

“She re­ally loved va­ca­tion­ing,” Al­varado said. “In hind­sight, all we re­ally wanted was to build mem­o­ries with our fam­ily. In the end, that’s all you have.”

Heather ran an at-home day care cen­ter. She re­cently gave a par­ent an old ve­hi­cle she had, Al­varado said.

He also noted that Heather — an an­i­mal lover — even went hunt­ing with him be­cause she wanted to par­take in his hob­bies.

“She was hon­estly the most lov­ing and giv­ing per­son,” Al­varado said. “She’d do al­most any­thing to make some­one happy.”

In ad­di­tion to her hus­band and chil­dren, she is sur­vived by her par­ents, Michael and Dolores Warino of Hatch, Utah; brother Michael (Kristy) Warino of Kanab, Utah; sis­ter Rachael (Michael) Cortez of Or­ange, Cal­i­for­nia; grand­par­ents Charles and Lo­raine Warino of Nor­walk, Cal­i­for­nia; and par­ents-in-law Roy and Diana Arre­dondo of Mira Loma, Cal­i­for­nia.

“We miss her, and we’ll al­ways miss her,” Al­varado said, his voice crack­ing. “She was ev­ery­thing to us.”

Con­tact Sandy Lopez at slopez@ re­viewjour­nal.com or

702-383-4686. Fol­low @ Jour­nalism­sandy on Twit­ter.

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