OBITUARY

Orlando Alvarez

January 28, 1979April 30, 2021
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Orlando “Ro” Alvarez husband, father, son, brother, uncle, coach, friend and descendant of the Angel of Goliad age 42 of Garland, TX passed away in Broken Bow, OK on Friday, April 30th, 2021 at 12:11am.

Ro was born on January 28, 1979 in Dallas, TX, the third of three children, to Gilbert Rolando and Dora Diana Alvarez. He graduated from Plano East Senior High School in 1997 where he excelled in football, basketball, baseball and track. He was captain of the football team for the Plano East Panthers and was recognized as All District honorable mention quarterback. Ro also made a run in the playoffs for the Panther’s baseball team as an outfielder. He continued his education and played baseball for Collin County Community College where he reached the playoffs, then transferred to Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi where he worked towards a degree in education. He then transferred to the University of North Texas in Denton, TX to finish his education.

Ro married his beloved wife, Leslie Lazo, on June 11, 2010 and together they had their daughter Aria Alvarez. They did everything together. His family was number one in his life and he made sure they knew it every day with every golf cart ride, many camping trips and endless boat rides they took. These two girls were his life and he made sure they knew it day in and day out.

He got his start in coaching when he joined the Dallas Mustangs FC as a youth soccer coach. After over five years, he had the strong desire to build his own soccer club and started the Texas Lonestars Soccer Club in June of 2011. He built his business, but never left his role as a coach. He loved his players and wanted them to experience winning. It was his passion for sports and his competitive nature that forced him to coach to win, but ultimately Ro wanted his players to have fun and love the game.

When he was not on the soccer field, you could find Ro outside enjoying a game of golf with his dad, on the lake with his family, enjoying a double meat with cheese at Whataburger, or watching America’s Team, the Dallas Cowboys on TV or live at the stadium. He loved camping, boating, traveling and experiencing new adventures with his friends and family. Wherever he was is where everyone wanted to be because of his fun-loving, free spirited nature. Where others focus on work, Ro had a different perspective on life. He lived through play and fun whether he was working, coaching, with family camping or on the lake. His career and personal life were lived out in the same way; having fun outdoors with the people that mattered most to him.

Ro will be remembered for his generous, kind, fun-loving, and compassionate spirit. He was an inspiring person who gave so much and brought so much joy to all our lives. From the outside looking in, it seemed he lived a life full of the finer things, but when you look at what was truly his alone, he was a humble and simple man, who took great pleasure in just being with the people he loved. However, do not underestimate his determination to win. If you ever doubted or challenged him, you were already beat and he ended up on top. He always seemed to win and there will never be a doubt that he won at this life. Simply put, he lived his life to the fullest and with honor.

Ro is survived by his wife, Leslie Lazo Alvarez, daughter, Aria Alvarez, father, Gilbert Rolando Alvarez, sister, Aomi Diaz (David) of Denver, CO, brother, Gilbert Omar Alvarez (Amy) of Wichita, KS, nieces, Sofia Diaz, Alayna Alvarez, Solana Diaz, Gabriela Diaz, Amaia Alvarez, Alivia Alvarez, and Araya Alvarez. In-laws, Rick and Martha Martinez of El Paso, TX, Ashley and David Massey of Carrollton, TX, and Ricardo Martinez Jr. of El Paso, TX.

Ro was preceded in death by the most loving, caring, giving soul his mother, Dora Diana Alvarez. He is now reunited with the person he deeply loved and who cared for him the most.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, May 9th, 2021 at Ted Dickey Funeral Home, 2128 18th St., Plano, TX 75074 from 5-7 pm.

Additional viewing, eulogy, vigil and rosary will be held Monday, May 10th, 2021 at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church, 1201 Alma Drive, Plano, TX 75075 from 1 – 4 pm. • Additional Viewing 1 – 2 pm • Eulogy 2 – 3 pm • Vigil and Rosary 3 – 4 pm

Funeral mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, May 11th, 2021 at 4 pm at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church, 1201 Alma Drive, Plano, TX 75075.

Reception to follow at Bob Woodruff Park North Pavilion, 2601 San Gabriel Drive, Plano, TX 75074.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in memory of Orlando Alvarez to the Coach Orlando Alvarez Scholarship Fund. Make payments to Texas Lonestars Soccer Club and please note for Coach Orlando Alvarez Scholarship Fund. Send to: 4118 Valley Ridge Rd., Dallas, TX 75220.

Pallbearers are Sofia Diaz, Alayna Alvarez, Solana Diaz, Gabriela Diaz, Amaia Alvarez, Alivia Alvarez, and Araya Alvarez.

Services

  • Visitation

    Sunday, May 9, 2021

  • Additional Viewng

    Monday, May 10, 2021

  • Eulogy

    Monday, May 10, 2021

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  • Vigil and Rosary

    Monday, May 10, 2021

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  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, May 11, 2021

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Patricia Duncan

May 11, 2021

Orlando was not only my daughters soccer coach, he was a staple at her school. Aria and Savannah have been in school together since kindergarten and there wasn't a single day that went by that we didn't see him standing at the big tree waiting for Aria after school. He was such a great man, always willing to help with class parties or events, and every Friday he was at lunch with Aria. All of the kids looked forward to him coming and spending lunch listening to their stories and enjoying his time with them. He attended the Turkey Trot every year and helped encourage the kids to keep running and make it to the end. I know Savannah was so proud to run with Aria and him. He touched so many lives in his short time and we are all going to miss him. Leslie, Aria, our hearts are broken for you two. He loved you both so fiercely and would do anything to make his girls smile. We love yall.

Princess Snyder

May 10, 2021

My deepest condolences to Leslie, Aria, and the rest of Ro’s loved ones. He was truly a genuine person. Very laid back and easy to get a long with. The world has lost a great man. He was an exceptional father, loving husband, and supportive friend who left a positive influence in the lives of his family and friends as well as the community in which he lived. I will continue to pray for the family’s peace, comfort, and strength during this time.

Lindsey Esmaeili

May 6, 2021

I moved to TX from NC in 2002 and Leslie was my first friend I met, we quickly became inseparable. She met Ro shortly after we met. Leslie and I lived together for almost 7 years which meant Ro basically lived with us too! He was the most kind, generous and positive person. He never complained or said anything negative. Even when he was helping Leslie and I move time and time again. He was always there to pick Leslie and I up from our nights out. And of course we always had to stop at Whataburger on our way home. I will never forget the time my dog got out. She was a puppy and I thought she was gone. He must have chased her for miles to bring her back. Leslie, Ro, Brad and I spent so much time playing cards and hanging out. I have always missed those days and thought fondly of them. I moved back to NC in 2008 and only saw him occasionally. But I have always thought of them as my best friends and no amount of distance could change that. He will greatly be missed by all.

Delorean Wiley

May 6, 2021

There are no words. I can't imagine how the Alvarez family feels because our hearts are so broken from this loss. There are so many wonderful summer memories with Ro and the gang. I'll always think of him steering the boat. Hot Springs will never be the same. We will never be the same. My children lost and uncle and we lost a special friend. We love you, Leslie, Aria, Gil, Gilbert, and Aomi. The only comforting thought is that Dora has her arms wrapped around him tightly.

Debbie Wiley

May 6, 2021

Such a Loss. It hurts my heart so for the family.
I knew Ro from our time share at Hot Springs, AR. My two sons Jamie and Tommy sorta grew up with Gilbert and Ro once a year every year until this year. Ro and my son Jamie were special friends and their families enjoyed the time they could spend together. He is going to be missed and the world is a sadder place without him. I enjoyed seeing Ro occasionally at The Wharf in Hot Springs over the years but my special memories are of him as a young boy, running, swimming, playing and jumping in the Lake as I would hold my breath until they would surface. The Wiley Family all loved Ro and he will forever be in our hearts.

Terence Green

May 6, 2021

My boy Ro and I both had big brothers to look up to growing up so our bond/friendship was strong from the start. I remember we’d be at the Plano East football games on Friday nights playing football with cups they sold at the games. We always had to be on the same team. Everyone would look at us crazy and wonder how we threw spirals with the cups we played with. While everyone else only could run, we’d be taking turns throwing touchdowns to each other. Going to miss my brother, and can’t wait to throw cups in Heaven one day with him. Love you Ro, rest easy and I’ll see you when I get there. 💚

Irma Jane Alvarez

May 6, 2021

Dear sweet little primo Orlando rest in peace is hard to say for you could never not just do nothing. As mischievous as you are handsome you brought such joy to grandma Chelo and blessed my mother Natalia not only as her nephew but her godchild.
The first time we all met at Grandmas that first Christmas was so exciting and even if it was a short Holiday visit we all still managed later in years to continue gathering with what would be additional members.
I remember your announcement to the rest of us that you had grown so fast and found the love of your life and marriage was what God had chosen. Then you and your beautiful bride Leslie announced later in years your beautiful princess Aria.
God gave you a beautiful marriage a beautiful life with family and friends.
Taken away too soon you still accomplished more than many couldn't even do in a lifetime ..
You and family may have been miles away but always close in heart.
Give a big hug to your mother my Tia Dora Grandma Chelo aunt Sylvia Tiny my daddy and my mother LouAnna and primita Cindy.
The chain isn't broken .. For they our family are waiting with open arms.
Rest in peace Orlando

reni castro

May 5, 2021

I have great memories with Orlando and his family. I am so glad that Orlando was part of my life and I will always remember our times together.

Go texas Lonestart

Whitney Mahan

May 5, 2021

Our memories with Coach Orlando begin in the fall of 2017. My daughter Nevaeh, then only six years old, joined his team in LHSA. Little did we know we had struck gold with this man, who would go on to train, encourage, and inspire her as she followed him from team to team, missing only one season due to a broken arm. After nearly five years of his guidance, Nevaeh became a confident, successful player who looked forward to each interaction with him, and the camaraderie he built among the girls. Soccer may never be the same for Nevaeh, as Orlando cannot be replaced. We hope to carry on with strength in his honor, the way he would have wanted. Our love and prayers go out to all the girls, coaches, and parents touched by his gifts, and most especially to his family as we all grieve the loss of such an impactful man. Nevaeh played with Aria and we want to send our deepest condolences to her and to his wife Leslie. Rest in Peace, Coach Orlando. We love you so.

Kristen Pettus

May 5, 2021

Leslie, my heart goes out to you and your precious daughter. I can’t find words to say how sorry I am, and how much Ro will be missed. Although, it’s been years since we spoke I am always a phone call or text away. I pray for strength and healing for the family. Love you, Lellie Boo ❤️


With deepest sympathy,

Kristen Pew Pettus

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