Pablo Raul Rodriguez
June 30, 1931 – December 8, 2020
Pablo Raul Rodriguez, a longtime resident of Las Vegas, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 8th, 2020.
Pablo was preceded in death by his father, Marcelino Rodriguez; mother, Teresa Martinez; brother, Andres; and sister, Gladys. He is survived by his loving wife, Maria (nee Garcia), and his two sons: Raul & his wife, Maria; and David & his wife, Theresa; and five beautiful grandchildren he took such pride and joy in: Ricky, Katy, Draven, Annabelle, and Trystan. Pablo was born on the beautiful day of June 30th, 1931, in Santa Clara, Cuba. In early childhood, his family relocated to Havana. In his youth and young adult life, Pablo had a variety of jobs including kitchen assistant, pharmacy courier and bartender before eventually securing the coveted position of a card dealer at a new casino, The Capri Casino, in Havana.
In 1958, Pablo met and married Monica and, on August 17, 1960, his first son, Raul Rodriguez, was born. Pablo felt a deep desire to provide for his family in meaningful ways and, due to the devastating downturn in the Cuban economy, he came to the conclusion that it was time to immigrate to America. In America, he could provide for his loved ones in a way not possible in his native land. Therefore, in 1968, Pablo took his family and traveled to the United States in hopes of a better and more prosperous future.
They eventually found home in the Las Vegas Valley. After parting ways with Raul’s mother, Pablo went on to solidify his roots in Las Vegas and, in 1980, he met and married the love of his life, Maria Garcia. On August 27,1984, his second son, David Andres, was born.
Pablo’s limitless talent and skills as a card dealer afforded him the opportunity to work at various casinos. Due to his small stature, the nickname “Jockey” was born. What he lacked in size, he made up for with a larger-than-life personality and spirit.
Pablo had a deep and obvious love for his family. He enjoyed quality time with those he loved the most. He would jump at any chance to be with his family and he adored his grandchildren tremendously. Pablo loved sharing in and supporting their academic achievements and sporting successes. He was a proud father and an even prouder Abuelo. He will be so deeply missed by so many.
For anyone who wishes to pay their respects, a memorial will be held in his honor Saturday January 23rd, 2021, at 11 o’clock at the Palm Memorial Mortuary on 1325 N. Main Street.
Saturday, January 23, 2021