Carlos Daniel Puentes

27 March, 19416 September, 2020

A legendary figure in Texas rugby, and one of the pioneers in information processing technology in Austin, Carlos Daniel Puentes, passed away at home on Sunday, Sept. 6.

Although technically born in Montevideo, Uruguay, he was Argentine through and through from his earliest years in Mendoza to those as a teenage second row for Alumni, the “David slays Goliath” rugby team that stunned Buenos Aires sporting fans in the 1950s.

“Chino,” as his Porteño friends knew him, will be remembered by many, both in Argentina and Texas, as larger than life, with an infectious laugh, a mischievous twinkle in his eye, a quick wit, and a true Porteño’s zest for life. . .tempered by a touch of cynicism.

A math whiz, Carlos early on became fascinated by computers and determined that he would attend a university in the United States. He finally settled on the University of Texas, because Texas was so much like Argentina, although at the time UT had no computer science department and he had to major in math. He held a number of part time jobs while a student, but his favorite was in the language lab, where he checked out tapes to students. He always said it was a terrific filter for meeting girls who were fulfilling their foreign language requirement by studying the tapes he handed them.

Upon graduation, he took a job with Gulf Oil, first in Houston and then in Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela, where he helped computerize Gulf’s refinery operations. Returning to Texas, he became a systems analyst for the Texas Water Development Board, applying the principles he had dealt with working for Gulf Oil to a proposed large-scale movement of water under study by a select team.

Branching out, Carlos formed one of the first companies in Austin to provide data processing services. His company, Systemas, numbered every major builder of the era as clients, as the critical path methodology Systemas offered streamlined and speeded up construction projects and increased profitability.

In later years, Carlos added his wife’s company, Quilts, Inc. as a client. He devised and directed the entire enrollment process for its 5000 students, 500 classes, and 120 faculty members each fall during International Quilt Festival in Houston, along with that of a sister show, International Quilt Market, and each spring in other cities. He also enjoyed providing the same services during the 20 years of Quilt Expo in 10 European cities.

Carlos maintained his interest in Texas rugby throughout his life and, along with others supporting the Austin Blacks Rugby Club, formed a consortium to purchase land for a clubhouse and three rugby pitches on 30 acres in far east Austin. He also invested, with Robert Barnstone and others, in a number of notable projects in Central and West Austin. Another interest was Belgian beer, and Carlos thoroughly enjoyed meeting and investing with the people behind Manneken-Brussel Imports, Inc. and Artisanal Imports.

Carlos is survived by his wife, Nancy; his daughter, Julie Catherine and her husband, Dana Schrab; a twin sister, Maria del Carmen; and cousins in Argentina and the States. He is also survived by the mother of his daughter, Julie Valentine and her husband, Steve Hollahan. His extended family included Karey and Maurice Bresenhan, Hollis O’Bryant, Brandy Bresenhan, and her father Charlie Bresenhan. He also leaves behind loyal, lifelong friends in Texas and Argentina including Horacio and Marisu Marconetti, Carlos and Ginny Chiappe, Cesar Augusto (Malevo) and Pinky Bianchi, German Gonzalez Lera, and Luc (Bobo) van Mechelen and wife Laurie Janss.

The family would like to thank Hospice Austin and Visiting Angels, especially Carolina Menchaca, who assisted Carlos during his very brief illness.

A celebration of life is planned for sometime after the pandemic passes. Those wishing to honor Carlos are encouraged to donate to any charity of their choice focusing on children, especially CASA or BookSpring.

“Love is the only thing that we can carry with us when we go, and it makes the end so easy.” -----Louisa May Alcott

“We’ll see you on the other side of the stars.”


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German González lera

18 September 2020

Nos conocimos en Austín cuando llegue en enero de 1962 y entonces nació una amistad que aún perdura. Su sonrisa amable y su bonomia nos queda como recuerdo de un personaje inolvidable.
Su partida representa una enorme pérdida para quienes lo conocimos.

Adiós querido Chino, que descanses en paz.
Mis condolencias y abrazo grande para Nancy y Julie Catherine.

Bob Ruggiero

17 September 2020

I worked with Carlos for 20+ years, and I will miss him greatly. He was another "guy" with me in a majority female company, and we got a lot of mutual humor out of that. I also appreciated his distinctive "Carlos' Cocked Eyebrow" when he heard something that trigged his BS meter. He was always great company with a hearty laugh and a zestful spirit. But he also took his work very seriously. And even when we disagreed on something, he respected my opinion, as I did his. My deepest condolences to Nancy, Julie Catherine, and his extended family and friends. In situations like this, it's a cliche' to say "He was one of a kind." But in the case of Carlos Puentes, it's actually TRUE!

Donna Blackney

16 September 2020

I am so sorry to hear about Carlos. My thoughts are with you, Nancy, and your family. I am sure that if it were not for him and his passion for rugby, my late husband, Rick, would never have been introduced to the game nor enjoyed his years of playing and meeting our life- long friends and making great memories. Carlos touched the lives of many people in a positive way.... what more can one ask? He will be remembered fondly.

Hernan Arrellaga

16 September 2020

Un gran placer el haber conocido al estimado Carlos. Mis condolencias desde Paraguay a su familia. Carlitos un saludo al cielo en tu nombre!

Kinuthia Njenga

16 September 2020

I met Carlos soon after I moved to Austin 20 years ago. I liked him immediately and we became friends soon after. He was a mentor and trusted confidant. Many evenings shared talking about everything under the sun. I treasure the immense kindness and fatherly affection he showered on me. My deepest condolences to Nancy and family. I miss him:-)

Paul Kens

14 September 2020

Carlos was a wonderful friend and an inspiration. I met him in 1969 when I decided to give rugby a try. His contagious enthusiasm sent me on a decade of playing the game. In that way, he open doors for Carla and I to enjoy the company of teammates and make lifelong friends. More than that, he was a man we very much admired and a good friend. We will miss him and always remember him.
Paul Kens & Carla Underhill

Jill Benge

12 September 2020

I have enjoyed working with Carlos for the past 14 years. When at work he was always professional. During and after work he was always friendly and supportive. He will be sorely missed in the Quilt industry, and in the Computer department.
I pray for the family and friends.

Karen Miller

12 September 2020

Carlos was wonderful and dashing and I know he will be missed! He was so handsome that we all dropped our microphones when he walked in the language lab! Rest in Peace Carlos!

Dan Hilliard

12 September 2020

Nancy and all of Carlos' family and many friends, I am deeply sorry for your loss. The time I spent with Carlos talking about rugby and Belgian beer gave me such joy. Playing rugby against the two Argentine clubs he arranged to tour Texas was a thrill and a challenge. Austin Rugby today owes much of its longevity and success to the enthusiasm Carlos instilled in us first-generation club members. We will not forget him.

Laurie Janss

11 September 2020

So many wonderful memories from Gambrinus days, Christmas lunches at Chez Nous, Draught House, talking real estate and world politics...... always spelled out for you on a bar napkin!
The best was seeing him in his element in is beloved Argentina.
I will miss my friend Carlito.


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