Aug. 14, 1987 – Sept. 14, 2016

Isaiah Alexander DeLeon Mares came into this world Aug. 14, 1987, and left us on Sept. 14, 2016, at the age of 29.

He was born in La Junta, Colorado, then his family moved to St. Louis, Missouri, where he remained until his passing. Isaiah believed family was everything. He had a contagious smile with dimples you could not forget! Always had words of encouragement to give to a person at the perfect time. His love had no bounds. He gave so freely and asked for nothing in return. He taught us every day what it meant to be a friend. He was a huge inspiration to countless people he came in contact with. He was an active mentor for youth in the St. Louis area and the East Coast. Isaiah cared and worried about these kids all the time. He never stopped pushing them to be better and wanted more for them than they thought they deserved. He was a coach, a mentor, big brother and even father figure to some.

Isaiah was the director of the Reebok Series, Champions Basketball Academy of St. Louis, Missouri, "T.F.B" The Family Business, and Mares Management. He graduated from Christian Brothers College High School in 2006 where he excelled in football, basketball and academics and he received many awards. The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholarship Athlete Award, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Scholar-Athlete Award, Hispanic Heritage Foundation Gold Medallion for Community Service Award, and Monte Senior Shockley Award for Social Justice. During his time in at CBC, Isaiah was a part of two mission trips to Mexico. These trips were a great opportunity to “LIVE SIMPLY” so that others may “SIMPLY LIVE” and to recognize the gifts available to them daily while also challenging themselves to see where and how they could live differently when they returned home.

Isaiah was a graduate from Yale University in 2010, where he played football. He played cornerback for the football team and made his varsity debut against Columbia during his freshman season. But a continuing problem with concussions ultimately ended his playing career. Isaiah was such an amazing teammate, player and leader that he was given a spot as a student assistant coach in 2008.

Community service was such a passion to Isaiah that he became the community outreach coordinator for the Yale Black Men’s Union, Yale’s Teacher Preparation Program and the HSF Amigos mentoring programs. Their mission was to work with high school students, engaging in activities that impacted personal growth and development.

Isaiah is survived by parents, Marc Mares and Loretta DeLeon-Mares; his brother, Zachary Mares; sister, Melissa (Gary) Buchanan; grandmother, Cecelia Mares; two nephews, Marcus Buchanan and Jayden Buchanan; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Eugene Mares, grandmother, Mary DeLeon, grandfather, Joseph DeLeon, uncle, Patrick DeLeon and cousin, Elijah Martinez.

Memorial services will be on September 23, 2016 at the Calvary Cemetery at 10 a.m. and the reception will immediately follow at the Knights of Columbus.

He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.