Lucio Z. Camacho went home to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on June 6, 2023. He was born to Gilberto Robles Camacho and Simona Zurita Camacho on December 13, 1946 in Port Isabel, Texas.
He was born and raised Catholic. He married his high school sweetheart, Elvira de la Garza Camacho on December 22, 1967, and they welcomed five daughters and one godson into their family. Lucio was a loving husband, nurturing father, doting grandfather, caring brother and loyal friend. As a young adult, he was drafted into the US Army to serve in the Vietnam War. From 1967 through 1969, he served in the First Aviation Brigade as an E4 Specialist. Coming from humble beginnings, he began working at a very young age alongside his family harvesting produce. Later he joined his father as a shrimper, worked at Bayside Net and Twine building and repairing nets, and often worked freelance doing the same. In 1996, when the shrimping industry took a downturn, he relocated to the Austin area with family. After working briefly at H-E-B’s seafood department and shipping and receiving with Cryco Quartz company, he finally retired in 2009 as a 100% disabled veteran.
He is survived by his wife, Elvira; five daughters: Sarah Jean Rivera, Lucinda Camacho Hart, Annette Camacho Sterling, Selina Garcia, Jenny Lou Corn and godson, Jose Manuel Lopez. He is also survived by his siblings: Frank Camacho, Domingo Camacho, Cirilda Bella, Herlinda Lock, Amalia Camacho, Lydia Heald, and his 15 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Gilberto and Simona Camacho; his parents-in-law, Alberto and Jesusa de la Garza; siblings: Jesus Medrano, Lorenzo Medrano, Issac Camacho, Cruz Camacho, Adan Camacho, and Quirino Camacho.
Lucio enjoyed playing the accordion, the guitar, and the harmonica as he sang Mexican and Tejano songs. He often serenaded his wife and daughters on special occasions with the traditional Mexican song, “Las Mananitas.” Lucio had the heart of a servant and often helped people in need such as volunteering to barbecue for church and community fundraisers and serving as a volunteer firefighter. He also enjoyed playing cards, chess, dominoes, horseshoes and pool with his friends and hosting family barbecues. In his later years, he enjoyed caring for his grandchildren and attending their birthday parties, baseball games, band concerts, dance recitals, graduations, and grandparent school functions. Family was always a huge part of his life and he will be deeply missed.