Marlow Mendez Bandaries passed away on October 1, 2022, after a two-year battle with cancer. Marlow was the youngest of five children, born on March 7, 1955, in Natchitoches, LA. He graduated from Bossier High School in 1973 and received a certification for technical drawing. He also worked as a quality control and safety officer in construction. Marlow enjoyed his job as a driver for Enterprise Cars, where he and his co-workers would always have fun on their road trips.
Marlow always loved being outdoors, including exploring the woods, hunting, and fishing. Marlow was good at repairing broken tools, and any household jobs, as well as taking care of the yard and painting. He enjoyed working on his lawnmower and his prized possession, a 1998 Jeep Wrangler. Marlow also loved to draw pictures of old houses and barns as a hobby.
Marlow had a very special relationship with his only son, Zach Bandaries, whom he was very proud of for giving himself as a teacher.
Marlow and Irene, his loving wife of 22 years, were married on October 28, 2000, in Marshall, TX. They moved to their present residence in Benton, LA in 2005, and enjoyed being close to Black Bayou.
Preceding Marlow in death are his parents, Nathaniel, and Sybil Gentry Bandaries of Natchitoches, LA; his sister, Barbara Sue Manuel of Baton Rouge, LA; and his first wife, Mary Linn Wernett of Natchitoches, LA.
Surviving Marlow include his wife, Irene Bandaries of Benton, LA; his son, Zach Bandaries of Shreveport, LA; his sister, Glenda Pickett of Lafayette, LA; his brothers, William Bandaries of Black Lake, LA, and Madrow Bandaries of New Orleans, LA; cousins Jeri and Judy Bandaries, and Ann Gentry; and special friends Joyce Trent and Linda Vankirk.
A Memorial Service will be held at Boone Funeral Home in Bossier City, LA, at 11:00 am on October 10,2022.
The family wishes to give a special Thank You to Dr Peddi of Willis Knighton Cancer Center, and all of the chemotherapy nurses that took great care of Marlow. Also, a special Thanks is given to St Joseph Hospice nurses and social worker for their comfort and guidance.
In lieu of flowers, Marlow’s family asks for donation to be given to Willis Knighton Cancer Center in Marlow’s name.