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Elijah “Eli” Seth Perez, 18, passed away with peace on July, 15, 2018 5:07 pm, with family and friends by his side.  He was born in El Paso, Texas on April 10, 2000. Elijah was given the gift of life, and now he gives it back. He was dearly loved by his parents, David Perez, and Crystal Aristizabal.

Elijah will be greatly missed by everyone that knew him.  He was the kind of young man that anyone would be proud to call son, grandson, and friend. He enjoyed being with his friends, family and animals.  In his youth, he spent some time volunteering with the Arizona Boston Terrier Rescue, when his parents fostered dogs in their home.  He also adored children, and most pictures of Elijah, either had a child or an animal in them.  He had a heart of gold, and a smile that could light up the room.  Elijah also could make anyone laugh; he had a great sense of humor. Elijah had an interest in welding, and automotive work, and was planning on attending school.

Elijah will be missed by his parents, David Perez, and Crystal Aristizabal; Stepfather: Alex Aristizabal; Grandparents: Bertha Perez, Octavio Perez, Sr., Brian Greene, Evelyn Greene, Kathy Greene; Alicia Aristizabal, Diego Aristizabal and Gabby Aristizabal; Aunts and Uncles: Fred Perez, Christi Perez, Suzanne Perez, Octavio Perez, Jr., Danielle Greene, and Mark Greene;  Cousins: Evan Perez, Isaiah Perez, Levi Perez, Matthew Perez, Kathryn Perez, Emilie Perez, Anneliese Elkins, Darren Cyr, Aria Perez and Ellie Perez. He will also be missed by all his friends that he had made through the years.

Funeral Services will be at Mountain View Funeral home, 7900 E. Main Street, Mesa, 85207. Viewing will be 3:00pm-5:00pm. Services will follow at 5:00pm-6:00pm. Pastor Mark and Pastor Karl of twentynine:eleven Church, will be officiating.

In Lieu of flowers,  the family asks that you consider donations to the Arizona Boston Terrier Rescue. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home, or can also donate online at: http://www.azbtrescue.org/info/donate

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