OBITUARY

Armando Perez Jr.

January 10, 1968November 23, 2015

Armando Perez Jr. ( Mando) 47, passed away in the evening of November 23, 2015 in Spring, Texas. Mando was born in Houston Texas to Josie Rodriguez Perez and Armando Perez Sr. Armando was born with a severe heart defect that went undetected until a couple of weeks after beingborn. His parents were sent home to prepare for his passing within weeks. Weeks turned to months, months to years and forty seven years later, here we are.

Armando attended Bethany Lutheran School, Lutheran High North for one year and graduated fromKlein High School in Spring Texas. At Bethany he joined a forming band, he became the drummer. Nothing was spared at his house as everything was a potential drum and Mando beat on whatever wasat hand.To Armando's delight and lack of foresight by his parents, Armando became the owner of acomplete drum set given freely by his very naive parents. A wonderful day for him and a not so wonderful one for his parents. The house walls vibrated just a little. Music was in his blood and hewent on to play with several local bands and made many wonderful friends.

Armando was employed by Chase Bank until he could no longer work. What began as a temporaryjob became a career. He was blessed to have supervisors and co-workers that looked beyond hisdifficulties with his health and saw his full potential as a valued employee, co-worker and a good man.

Armando was involved in his church, St. Ignatius Catholic Church of Spring Texas. He belonged to Lifeteen,Teams of Our Lady, Extra Ordinary Minister, Mentor of Engaged Preparing for Marriage, Catechist and was a Confirmation Sponsor to many youths.

Armando is survived by his wifeAmy Brien Perez, his daughter, Sophia Claire whom he loveddearly and his parents Josie andArmando Perez Sr. He also leaves behind his grandfather, many aunts, uncles, cousins, countless friends and a sister and brother in law that reside in Manville Rhode Island.

Armando met his wifeAmy at a Steubenville East High School Catholic Conference in LaSaletteMassachusetts. Armando locked himself out of the dorm where the band he was with was staying. Amy would not allow him to reenter because he did not have an identification badge. She did not know who he was nor did she care to hear that he was “The Drummer”.Three years later she unlocked herheart and let him in to her life completely, the wedding was grand. The union produced a daughter theynamed after their grandmothers, Sophia Claire. Sophia became the life light of her dad along with thelove of his life, Amy.

Armando will rest along side, Orlando, a younger brother he treasured. Orlando was born with aheart defect almost identical to his brother and died at the age of seven. Armando cherished thememory of his brother and knew that someday he would join him. Mando did not seek specialattention. He was who he was and knew all of us have an unknown future. He continued to amaze thedoctors that cared for him atTexas Children Hospital. He suffered several strokes over the years thatbegan to take an accumulated effect in his later adult life. He was hospitalized on several occasions. On doctors rounds, his room would fill with resident doctors and students. Most had never met a person that had survived the defect afflictingArmando. Mando was always gracious and allowed everyone that wanted too to listen to his heart and became part of the lesson being taught. “ Man why are you notdead?”That was a comment directed atArmando on one of those teaching moments. Mando took it asit was meant. A moment of impression and wonderment from a professional that should have known better then make a comment like that. His main doctor would tell Mando that he was often the subjectof his presentation at seminars. WhenArmando married and became a father, the doctor asked for afamily photo to show. Mando was a very rare person, one of a very few that lived way beyond expectations and managed to live a somewhat normal life. In that short span he touched and continues to touch so many many people. Mando would always want to be remembered as encouraging everyoneto “ pray your talent ''.

“ Son when you were little you wanted so much to play with your friends on the school softball team. I would not let you. Do you recall when the school gave me the team to coach? I imagine you thoughtyou had a shoe in and I would let you play. I said “NO”. You and mom gathered your ammo and on next visit to your doctor all of you ganged up and told me to let you play. I caved in and you were on the team. I also let you play one inning after which I promptly benched you. What a commotion thatstarted. Did you not know son I wanted to keep you safe. I needed you to be safe. I did not want toloose you. My beautiful son, how I wish that I somehow on the moment just before you left us I couldhave benched you one more time”. “ Dad.”

Visitation will be on Friday, November 27, 2015 from 5:00 – 9:00 P.M. A rosary will be recited at 7:00 P.M. Services will be on Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Ignatius Catholic Church located at 7810 Cypresswood Drive in Spring Texas 77379. Interment will follow at Forest Park LawndaleCemetery located at 6900 LawndaleAvenue in Houston Texas 77023. In lieu of flowers please make a contribution to the gofundme.com. search for Sophia's future in honor of her Dad.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, November 27, 2015
  • Final Viewing Saturday, November 28, 2015
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, November 28, 2015

Memories

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Sharon Reitzammer

January 16, 2016

Armando & Josie, my husband Rocky told me about your heartache! Old friends, know that we grieve with you over the separation from your precious son! He was truly someone to be proud of and treasured. I will be praying for your comfort and your memories to sustain you until you meet again! Sharon Reitzammer

vanessa estrada

December 3, 2015

I was so moved by the beautiful obituary written about Mando and learning more about his life, his brother's same struggle and his devotion to the church and his family. I first met Mando, the drummer, through other friends and I immediately detected a kind spirit who had a wonderful talent. My deepest condolences to his close friends and family.

Christine McSherry

November 30, 2015

Josie and family,

I can't believe I just got to spend time with you so recently in happy times at your father's 100th birthday and now such sad news. I don't have words that express my sorrow for you. Know that he lives on through your beautiful granddaughter and that you loved him so very much. Best wishes, Christine

Darwin Davis

November 29, 2015

I met Mando while sharing stages with him, I remember knowing he had a heart condition, and it felt every show that he gave so much of his heart, that he was living every moment, every day, as if it could be the last. My thoughts and prayers are with his whole family, I am grateful for the years he was here to teach us all to be better humans and to "Pray your Talent" - I will miss his gorgeous smile and his generous soul.

Michael Fischer

November 28, 2015

I knew Mando from being a fellow drummer. I did many shows with him over the years. He was just a really nice person. Great attitude and no attitude, which is hard for a musician. I can see from all of the facebook posts how he was loved in the musician community. He will be missed!

Wayne Clattenburg

November 28, 2015

We met Mondo at the first Steubenvile Atlantic Conference in Nova Scotia, Canada where my wife and I were part of the organizing team. His spirit was contageous as he ministered with his drums where he was so at home. We always enjoyed the moments together at Lifeteen mass these past several years at St Ignatious,in Spring TX, while we were visiting our daughter and family there. We last chatted this past summer. He shared that he felt so blessed and so proud of his family. You never know how far a loving hand can reach. We will miss you brother but we know you are at peace now and out of all pain. Our sincerest condolences and prayers are with your family. Peace be with you always
Ann and Wayne Clattenburg
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Michelle Casas-Thurman

November 28, 2015

Prayers to you and your family. You were a sweet guy and friend. Your with your brother in heaven. God gave you a long life. I ran you hard in the playground. You could never catch me. You never gave up. That's the person you became and I believe that's why God gave you a longer life with this disease. RIP my friend.

November 27, 2015

Having met Armando a few times I can fully understand why he was so loved and cherished. He has 2 wonderful and caring parents. I know your extreme faith and strength will help you get through these terribly difficult times. Your friend, Jon Greene

Fernando Izquierdo

November 27, 2015

Mr.Armando and Josie
God conform your hearts in this painful time.
We loss a great friend.

November 27, 2015

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Much Love - Naty and Frank Gomez

FROM THE FAMILY