Hillcrest Funeral Home

1060 North Carolina Drive, El Paso, TX


SPC Robert Andrew Phoenix

March 19, 1994January 19, 2020

Robert Andrew Phoenix, March 19,1994 - January 19,2020. His Lord and Savior took Bobby by the hand to meet his Papo, grandfather Samuel H. Favela, Sr. Left to keep his spirit alive are his mother Norma Favela Barceleau and dad Jaime Barceleau; grandmother, Graciela M. Favela; aunt and nina Vivian Favela Gomez (Ernesto); uncle and nino Dr. Samuel Favela, Jr. (Terry); sisters Ashley E. Barceleau and Clarissa M. Barceleau; cousins Samantha Favela, Marco Macias, and Diego Macias, and fiancée Lilia Campos. Bobby graduated from El Dorado High School in 2012, completed his associates degree at EPCC and enrolled at UTEP. He enlisted in the Army Reserve in May 2019 and completed his Bachelor’s degree on December 14, 2019. On December 30, 2019 he went to army basic combat training in Fort Leonard Wood, MO. While undergoing the rigors of basic combat training a birth defect in the heart was discovered and he collapsed, requiring immediate medical care. Open heart surgery was followed by cardiac arrest and a second surgery. The complications of the congenital heart defect and two surgeries were too much for him to overcome. Our Bobby wanted to serve his country and to help others, he was an organ donor and thanks to his selfless nature, three souls have a chance at a new life. We are all so very proud of him for his determination and his selflessness. We take this opportunity to acknowledge his Fort Leonard Wood commanders and the army family, the medical team at Missouri Baptist Medical Center, the caring staff at our hotel, and all of the many friends in El Paso who have rallied around our family. Visitation will be on Sunday, January 26, 2020, at 6:00pm to 9:00pm with a rosary at 7:00pm at St. Joseph Catholic Church – 3729 Hueco Ave. El Paso, Tx 79903. Funeral mass will be held on Monday, January 27th, at 8:30am with interment to follow in Fort Bliss National Cemetery. Services entrusted to Fort Bliss and Hillcrest Funeral Home.


  • Visitation Sunday, January 26, 2020
  • Vigil Sunday, January 26, 2020
  • Funeral Mass Monday, January 27, 2020
  • Committal Service Monday, January 27, 2020


SPC Robert Andrew Phoenix

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Joules Payan

February 21, 2020

Hi, I am a student at Eastwood Middle School. Mr. Phoenix worked in our art class for a few weeks. Although Mr. Phoenix wasn't at our school for very long, I felt it only right that I send my condolences. He was a sweet man and an amazing artist. He would draw characters on our whiteboard every day, and we still have his drawing of a cat named Oreo on the board. I'm so sorry for your loss, and we will miss him.

Olivia Williams

February 12, 2020

Mr. Phoenix was an amazing teacher. He was an assistant teacher in Mr. Alaniz's art class. I only knew him for a few months but in that little bit of time I had with him was amazing. He was like my big brother that would teas me and he would also listen to all my stores and problems he was also a great person to talk to. He was funny,creative and sweet. I will miss him dearly and I will never forget him because he was an interspersion to me and my fellow class mates.

Zak Gleason

January 31, 2020

Mr. Phoenix was the assistant art teacher in Mr. Alaniz's class. I was super sad to hear about this. My full remorse to the family. He was very close to me and others in the class. We miss him dearly.

Dan and Kathy Copley

January 31, 2020

God bless you Robert and your family. Thank you for your service to our country.