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Funeraria del Angel Restlawn

8817 Dyer, El Paso, TX

OBITUARY

Fidel "Tata" Almanza Jr.

July 13, 1953January 5, 2020
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Fidel (Tata) Almanza, Jr. passed away in peace on Sunday January 5, 2020 at the age of 66.

He was a loving husband, devoted father, grandfather, brother, faithful friend, and a passionate coach. He truly loved life to the fullest through simple pleasures, chatting with friends and family. Spending time with his grandchildren to being on the softball field with his second family. Tata’s life would seem too short by many but those who were touched by him understood that the quality of time in which one lives. His amazing smile and “gentle” advice brought so much joy to both family and friends. He never let another person down. He fulfilled every obligation he ever undertook. His word was his bond, and everyone knew it. Tata was never stingy, though he understood the value of a dollar and the importance of saving, the generosity he expressed with his money matched his generosity of spirit.

Tata loved sports, especially football and softball. His favorite teams were the Dallas Cowboys and the Arizona Wildcats. Tata had a passion for softball, it showed through his words and his actions. Being a coach for over 35 years he always got to display the positive mental attitude regardless of the adversity which arose. He always taught everyone not to worry about the problems but what the solution would be. He was always positive, finding solutions, caring with an open door policy. He helped build softball for what it is today in El Paso, he also build everlasting friendships between coaches and players. He will forever live in our hearts.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife Alice Almanza; daughters Trish Almanza, Marie Almanza Rubio, Monica Almanza Zubia; grandchildren Desiree Almanza, Alliese, Zylar, Joseph, and Adain Medina, Solara and Andrew Rubio, Nevaeh Zubia; Parents Fidel and Magadalena, Brothers Hector and Louie; Sisters Hilda and Magadalena. He is preceded into eternal life with his grandson Jacob Anthony Rubio, his brother, and grandparents.

The family would like to express our thanks for the wonderful help and care given by Cynthia and Alicia from Sierra; Liliana and Juana from Global Hospice; Dr Sonia Alvarez; Dr Paragrotis Valilis; and Dr Anuradha Gupta.

“That man is a success who lived well, laughed often and loved much; who gained the respect of intelligent men and love of children; who has fulfilled niche and accomplished his task; who leaves the world better than he found it; who has never lacked appreciation of earth’s beauty or failed to express it, who looked for the best in others and gave the best he had”

Visitation will be held 5-7 pm Friday, January 10, 2020 Funeraria Del Angel-Restlawn with a Vigil/Rosary at 7 pm. Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday January 11, 2020 at Most Holy Trinity. Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Joseph and Adain Medina, Jason Zubia, Christopher Rubio, Luis Enchinton, Samuel Hernandez, Roman Hernandez, Hector Almanza, Christian Ortiz, and Miguel Almanza. Honorary Pallbearers: Sam Attel, Javier Hernandez, Alfred “Chewbacca” Miranda, John Gable, Joe Zapata, and Fernie Rangel.

  • FAMILY

  • Alice Almanza, Spouse
  • Trish Almanza, Daughter
  • Marie Almanza Rubio, Daughter
  • Monica Almanza Zubia, Daughter
  • Fidel Almanza Sr., Father
  • Magdalena Herrera, Mother
  • Hector Almanza, Brother
  • Louie Almanza, Brother
  • Hilda Almanza, Sister
  • Magdalena Almanza, Sister

Services

  • Visitation Friday, January 10, 2020
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, January 11, 2020
  • Commital Service Saturday, January 11, 2020

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Charles Ochotorena

January 11, 2020

My heartfelt condolences to you and the family. May the Lord comfort you and your loved ones. Fidel will truly be missed. He was a good friend to many people. It was always a joy to sit and visit with him.

Latasha(L.T.) Ford(Osho)

January 11, 2020

Tata was my coach for the honey bears. The alamaza family was me and my sister Lashun’s second home. He was a pusher and wanted everyone to do their best. I’m praying for the family and I love you guys always.

Wayne Thornton

January 10, 2020

From the moment I met Mr. Fidel Almanza his first love was girls softball and raising the bar for girls in the city to get noticed, get scholarships, and have a passion for the game.

My goodness his daughters were great athletes and his wife was there every step of the way and he was constantly trying to get local softball players into college and noticed on the national scene.

Make no doubt about it as softball is very competitive in this city from high school down to six year olds and credit Fidel Almanza for being one of those that was relentless in letting college coaches know how good our athletes are

I just saw his daughter last week at a cheerleading camp with his granddaughter and the joy on her face when we took that photo to show to her dad showed the love and appreciation for Mr Almanza not only by his family but by all those that knew him in just in passing.

God Bless you Mr Almanza and you Rest In Peace my friend and I can see you now up above putting together another great girls softball team.

To your family thank you for sharing the special Mr Almanza with all of us.

Veronica Almanza

January 10, 2020

I have no words Tio other than I can't believe your gone. I will miss hearing you talk for hours. I will speak to you in my prayers and say goodbye for now, until one day I will see you again in a better place. I know tio Michael, Jacob, and other loved family members are with you now. You were truly an amazing son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, and uncle! I love you Tio and we will miss you.
From your niece Ronnie Almanza and Letty Montelongo.

Robert Robles

January 10, 2020

My deepest condolences to you and your family Alice. I remember Fidel when we would roam the halls at El Paso high , and every time I would run into him at the bank, we would spend 30 min talking cause he loved to talk . Those of us that got to know him were blessed and will miss him terribly

Lisamarie Gulley (Castro)

January 10, 2020

Fidel,
You will be forever in my heart ♥️. You have made an impact on many generations and on me. From my childhood to my adulthood you will always hold a special place in my life forever. Growing up, softball was always a place I went to get away from all that was bad, all that was going on, it has always been my safe place. That’s why writing this is so difficult for me. I played since I was 6, and I can remember you always being a part of my very first memories in life and in the sport I loved. I never had the chance to play for you, but you loved all of us and shared your passion for the game and wisdom with all paths crossed. You are an El Paso Softball Coach Legend, You were Softball. Thank You, thank you for being part of my safe place, thank you for being softball ❤️. To Momma Alice, Trish, Monica, and Marie. Thank you for sharing Fidel with us.

Briana Eoff

January 9, 2020

Fidel, you were the kindest person I had ever crossed paths with. I always think back and am so thankful that you wanted me to come and play for you. Playing for you truly changed my life and you ended up being such a strong influence in my life over the years. You always encouraged me to be better and to do better. You never held my mistakes against me, but instead showed me unconditional love and acceptance. I will always remember you telling me "ooooo-saaaahh" when I was irritated, anxious, or frazzled. I remember when you forced me to be a catcher and through me in to catch the first game when I had no experience catching and just thank you so much for doing that because I loved every minute of it and it became part of me. You took me from baseball and taught me all about softball. Thank you for inviting me into your world and giving me the opportunity to learn from you. I will always be thankful that day at Skyline when you surprised me with a large bottle of vitamins because you cared about me and wanted me to be healthy and stop getting sick. I will always be reminded of the moments I spent with you whether it be grabbing a bite to eat after a long day at skyline, all day practices, long talks after a game, or hour-long phone calls to just check in with each other. You always made me laugh with your stories and always had the best advice and lessons to teach me. Thank you for making into the softball player I was, trusting me to help you coach at skyline, and taking time out of your day to help me coach. I am so thankful for all the memories you gave me and for powerful impact you had and will always have in my life. You were not only my coach, but my mentor and friend. I will miss you dearly, love you so much Coach Fidel. My condolences and love to the Almanza family.

Gloria Sanchez

January 9, 2020

My deepest conddolences to Alice and all her family. My heart goes out to you in your time of sorrow. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Jason Martin

January 9, 2020

Fidel, one of the most caring people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. You brought me into this crazy world of coaching softball! You looked after my daughter, treated my family with great kindness. You taught me how to coach, that it’s not always about the game-but it’s always about the players. I saw firsthand the tremendous impact you had in so many girls’ lives. A great man, and one I still to this day try to emulate in my dealings with these crazy girls. You will truly be missed.

Pauline Almanza

January 9, 2020

To my sister-in-law Alice, and my nieces Trish, Marie, and Monica thank you for sharing him with all of us . He was a good, and caring man and never said no when it came to helping someone out . When Sarah wanted to play softball, she said "There is no other coach than my uncle that can show me the way". She was about 7 years old when she talk to him about coaching her, and her friends. He told her that if she put the team together I will do it. But! (and there was always a but) you have to pay it forward. He started the team know as the Lil Wildcats. He kept his word showed her how to play, and he never missed one her games no matter how far he had to travel. My dear brother-in-law thank you so much , I will miss you.

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Biography

Fidel (Tata) Almanza, Jr. passed away in peace on Sunday January 5, 2020 at the age of 66.

He was a loving husband, devoted father, grandfather, brother, faithful friend, and a passionate coach. He truly loved life to the fullest through simple pleasures, chatting with friends and family. Spending time with his grandchildren to being on the softball field with his second family.
Tata’s life would seem too short by many but those who were touched by him understood that the quality of time in which one lives. His amazing smile and “gentle” advice brought so much joy to both family and friends. He never let another person down. He fulfilled every obligation he ever undertook. His word was his bond, and everyone knew it. Tata was never stingy, though he understood the value of a dollar and the importance of saving, the generosity he expressed with his money matched his generosity of spirit.

Tata loved sports, especially football and softball. His favorite teams were the Dallas Cowboys and the Arizona Wildcats. Tata had a passion for softball, it showed through his words and his actions. Being a coach for over 35 years he always got to display the positive mental attitude regardless of the adversity which arose. He always taught everyone not to worry about the problems but what the solution would be. He was always positive, finding solutions, caring with an open door policy. He helped build softball for what it is today in El Paso, he also build everlasting friendships between coaches and players. He will forever live in our hearts.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife Alice Almanza; daughters Trish Almanza, Marie Almanza Rubio, Monica Almanza Zubia; grandchildren Desiree Almanza, Alliese, Zylar, Joseph, and Adain Medina, Solara and Andrew Rubio, Nevaeh Zubia; Parents Fidel and Magadalena, Brothers Hector and Louie; Sisters Hilda and Magadalena. He is preceded into eternal life with his grandson Jacob Anthony Rubio, his brother, and grandparents.

The family would like to express our thanks for the wonderful help and care given by Cynthia and Alicia from Sierra; Liliana and Juana from Global Hospice; Dr Sonia Alvarez; Dr Paragrotis Valilis; and Dr Anuradha Gupta.

“That man is a success who lived well, laughed often and loved much; who gained the respect of intelligent men and love of children; who has fulfilled niche and accomplished his task; who leaves the world better than he found it; who has never lacked appreciation of earth’s beauty or failed to express it, who looked for the best in others and gave the best he had”

Visitation will be held 5-7 pm Friday, January 10, 2020 Funeraria Del Angel-Restlawn with a
Vigil/Rosary at 7 pm. Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday January 11, 2020 at Most Holy Trinity. Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Joseph and Adain Medina, Jason Zubia, Christopher Rubio, Luis Enchinton, Samuel Hernandez, Roman Hernandez, Hector Almanza, Christian Ortiz, and Miguel Almanza.
Honorary Pallbearers: Sam Attel, Javier Hernandez, Alfred “Chewbacca” Miranda, John Gable, Joe Zapata, and Fernie Rangel.