L.P. Esquibel, 37, died Monday, April 1, 2013 at Western Plains Medical Complex, Dodge City.

L.P. Esquibel, 37, died Monday, April 1, 2013 at Western Plains Medical Complex, Dodge City. He was born August 18, 1975 at Dodge City, the son of Richard and Sharon Gleason Esquibel. He attended grade school in Minneola and Ensign and graduated Dodge City High School in 1995. He was an owner and trainer of race horses and a jockey valet at several race tracks. He had worked at Winter Livestock, Hampton Arena, Dillons and JC Penney all in Dodge City. He participated in the Special Olympics and in 2009 was voted the Most Inspirational Athlete. He enjoyed Bingo and was an avid sports fan and loved KU sports, Dodge City Red Demons, Kansas City Chief Football and Oklahoma City Thunder Basketball. He was an inspiration to everyone and loved life. He was a fighter, having endured 2 kidney transplants that were donated by his brother, Mark and sister, Tami and a kidney and liver transplant in 2012. He was a member of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dodge City. Survivors include his parents, Dodge City; three brothers, Michael and wife Kristi, Edna, Kan., and Mark and Ricky both of Dodge City; two sisters, Joni Esquibel and Dean McRoberts, Dodge City, and Tami Weiser and husband David, Dodge City; special family friend, John Caldwell and wife Robbin, Jones, Okla.; uncles and aunts, Butch Gleason, Danny Ray Gleason, Pat Palmer, Connie Orrison, Jerry Jackson and Kay Koehn; two nieces; eight nephew; five great nieces and two great nephews; and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Mike and Josephine Esquibel and Raymond and Floss Gleason; a niece, Christina Esquibel; and uncles and aunts, Tub Gleason, Lawrence Gleason, Judy Charpentier, K.D. Gleason, Gary Esquibel and Phyllis Burdue. Vigil service will be 7 p.m. Thursday, April 4, 2013 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Friday at the church with Bishop John B. Brungardt presiding. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at Ziegler Funeral Chapel, Dodge City. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Dodge City. The family suggests memorials to Special Olympics of Dodge City or the Sacred Heart School Endowment both in care of Ziegler Funeral Chapel, 1901 N. 14th Ave., Dodge City, Kansas 67801. Condolences may be sent to www.zieglerfuneralchapel.com.