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Funeraria del Angel Central

3839 Montana Ave, El Paso, TX

OBITUARY

Hector Leo Padilla

June 8, 1953July 25, 2020

Hector L. Padilla, Sr. unexpectedly passed on Saturday, July 25, 2020. He joined his Father, Gregorio Padilla Jr., Mother, Carmen Rangel Padilla, and his Sister, Carmen Rangel Ramirez in heaven. Hector leaves behind his partner and best friend Teresa Gomez, 3 sons, Hector Padilla Jr. and his wife Marisol, David Padilla and his wife Rosie, and Elias Padilla and his wife Tania, his beloved 2 dogs Arn and Mona, along with 5 grandchildren Nicole, Tatiana, Isaac, Alyssa, and Mary Elise, 5 siblings, Nancy Reyes, Roy Padilla, Gregory Padilla, Mary Vares and Michael Padilla, many cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and friends. Hector was a U.S. Veteran serving in the U.S. Army and was an English professor at El Paso Community College. He cared deeply for his students and had a positive impact on their lives. Héctor lived his life enjoying the simple things. He was a deep thinker and cherished time in nature. He will be remembered for his calming, caring, humorous spirit. We will miss you Hector! Rest In Peace.

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Angelina Arellanes-Nunez

August 2, 2020

Hector always had fascinating stories to share about his many trips around the world. Thank you for letting me know all about India, even the little crawlers, when I told you I was saving up to go there. You described India as such an enchanting place that I cannot even think of the little creatures which may attempt to climb up my feet. You are now traveling to many countries and taking breaks in paradise. Thank you for your service to this nation and for instilling high values in our students. I will miss you but will rejoice knowing you are with loved ones who departed before you! RIP
See you later my friend,
Angelina

Hector A. Padilla

August 2, 2020

Pops,

It's been a week since you left us and I think we are all in a daze, still asking ourselves, "what happened?" Losing you is something I just can't wrap my head around and I guess I never will.

I want to thank you Pops, for everything. There are too many stories of your love for me and the impact you had on my life to write here. One moment in particular though, I want to share with you and everyone else. I am sorry I never told you this before and the fact I never did will always bother me.

When I promoted to Lieutenant with the fire department, I called you because I was nervous. I told you the crew I was being assigned to were much older, had way more time on the job than me, and I wasn't quite sure how they were going to react. You told me, "Mijo, you're smart, you worked hard for this promotion, and I'm proud of you."

You went on the offer some advice, that I can honestly say served me well for the rest of my career. You said to treat my crew with respect, never ask them to do something that I wouldn't be willing to do myself, and to get to know my men as individuals. You further explained that everyone has their strengths and weaknesses and that the key to a good leader was to capitalize on the strengths while minimizing the weaknesses.

I understood what you meant by "capitalize on the strengths" but asked, "How do you minimize the weaknesses?" You answered, "By putting them in a position to succeed." Wow, and there it was! One of those moments in life where some fatherly advice made all the difference to a son. Thank you for those words Pops. I can't tell you how often I relied on your advice, and I know your words helped me to be the best firefighter I could be.

I will miss you and everything about you Pops. My heart aches because I know we will never get to go out the gun club anymore, we will never build that AR we were planning do together, but more than anything else, you will not physically be here with us. I love you-HAP.

Mary Vares

August 1, 2020

Hector,

I will miss you brother! I remember the talks, visiting you, your calmness and your sense of humor. You loved me and the family very much and I love you so much too! I can’t believe you’re gone but I know we will see each other again. There are so many memories that I hold close to my heart. I was re reading text messages from you and how you wanted me to move to El Paso because you didn’t want me to be away from family. You were that person, always caring; thinking of me and others. Rest In Peace Hector! I love you bro!!!

Dora Sanchez

August 1, 2020

Our good Lord whispered to his soul, "Will you follow me"?
Hector quickly answered,
"Yes I will"!
Hector my nephew lived a good life!
He taught by example, hard work and good deeds, not just by empty words.
I am sure he will be sadly missed by his siblings, sons, friends, aunts and cousins as well as by his students who yearned to learn from him!
We love you my 1st Nephew!
May you rest in God's loving Arms!
We will see you soon!🙏❤

Lulú Flores

August 1, 2020

I am grateful that you deducted 25 points from my grade because I missed a period in my MLA format. I am grateful that you pushed me to do my best in my writing. I’m grateful that I got one great compliment from you at the end of that semester! Because of you, I teach various writing and literature courses. You really were such an inspiration to your students. Thank you, Mr. Padilla. Thank you for the positive impact you had on my life. Thank you for planting that seed of writing inspiration within me. I’ll remember you always.

Oscar Baeza

July 31, 2020

Hector was a great professor, mentor and friend. I met Mr. Padilla, when I first entered college. He was our advisor for MEChA, he was a fun, cool guy to be around. He was also a regular at the Valle Verde Library, always catching up on the latest books, always smiling, always offering words of encouragement. He is going to be missed.... Thank you for everything Hector...rest in peace my friend....

Jaime Villarreal

July 31, 2020

Thank you for always believing in not only me but my envision for the club. Thank you for making my two years in EPCC the best years I could ask for. I’ll always remember our times just sitting in your office and talking about life. You inspired me to become a teacher just like yourself. I’ll make sure to accomplish that goal! Thank you for impacting my life and guiding me as a mentor. Thank you for making the All About Anime club with me and making it the best club I could ever create with your guidance!

Isabel Baca

July 31, 2020

At the toughest time in my life, Hector, you were there for me and my son. You were a true friend and always a gentleman. I will cherish our memories as friends and as EPCC colleagues. I will miss your kindheartedness and true friendship. Rest In Peace, my dear friend.

Roberto Santos

July 31, 2020

Where to begin! Hector was a great mentor. Had it not been for his encouragement and guidance, I don't think I would have my job teaching at the college. Whenever our paths would cross, he always had positive words to share, and would gift me various jewels of knowledge.

What hurts most about his loss is I wish we would have had just a little more time! I would have given him a huge hug. I would have told him that I have nothing but love for him!

Those who knew him, will miss him greatly!

REST IN POWER GREAT KING

Charlie Miller

July 31, 2020

Hector,

I will forever miss that subtle smile on your face and the always-so-positive greetings in the hallways between classes. Your be cool attitude was infectious, and it had a calming effect on your students and on all of us. I do not think I ever thanked you for taking that troubled student into your class for me. You straightened him out fast, and I am sure he is better for it today. I am forever grateful.

Stay cool, hermano. I will do my best to pay it forward.
~Charlie

FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Hector L. Padilla, Sr. unexpectedly passed on Saturday, July 25, 2020. He joined his Father, Gregorio Padilla Jr., Mother, Carmen Rangel Padilla, and his Sister, Carmen Rangel Ramirez in heaven. Hector leaves behind his partner and best friend Teresa Gomez, 3 sons, Hector Padilla Jr. and his wife Marisol, David Padilla and his wife Rosie, and Elias Padilla and his wife Tania, his beloved 2 dogs Arn and Mona, along with 5 grandchildren Nicole, Tatiana, Isaac, Alyssa, and Mary Elise, 5 siblings, Nancy Reyes, Roy Padilla, Gregory Padilla, Mary Vares and Michael Padilla, many cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and friends. Hector was a U.S. Veteran serving in the U.S. Army and was an English professor at El Paso Community College. He cared deeply for his students and had a positive impact on their lives. Héctor lived his life enjoying the simple things. He was a deep thinker and cherished time in nature. He will be remembered for his calming, caring, humorous spirit. We will miss you Hector! Rest In Peace.