Luis Raul Estevez was born on June 21, 1928 in San Juan Martinez, Cuba. He was born to Florencio Estevez and Cayetana Palacios He had 16 siblings, both biologically and through adoption and he was the second oldest child. As a boy, he attended school in Cuba and later worked as a carpenter starting in his teens. He grew up on a farm and he learned the carpentry trade because his father was a carpenter and he was the eldest son. He also started working in the fields at fifteen planting tobacco, rice, beans and vegetables. Because of many years of hard manual labor and saving, he was able open a carpentry shop and movie theater in his early twenties.
In 1952, he married Magdalia Estevez as to which he later separated from. They had 8 children together. In his early 30’s, he joined the CIA in Cuba. He was actively involved and therefore, because he did not support communism, he was jailed and persecuted. During this time, the government took everything and put his family in a camp. When Luis was release, he went back to work as a carpenter and on the family farm.
He tried to start businesses and the government would take them. In 2002, he came to America at the age 72 as a political refugee. He settled in Boise, Idaho with three of his children and two grandchildren. He was an active member of Calvary Chapple. He passed away in Boise on June 17th, 2021.
He is survived by his children: Luis Estevez (Florida), Mirta Estevez (Idaho), Rodolpho Estevez (Cuba) Zobeyda Estevez (Cuba), Migda Rosa Estevez (Cuba), Adolpho Estevez (Idaho) and Yosmel Estevez (Cuba) grandchildren: Raciel Castro (Idaho), Ramoncito Castro (Idaho), Yerendis Estevez (Florida), Yander Estevez (Florida), Neydis Estevez (Florida) and one great grandchild: Raymond Castro (Florida). He is preceded in death by his brother, Raul Estevez, his parents and several siblings.