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Sunset Memorial Park & Funeral Home

1701 Austin Highway, San Antonio, TX

OBITUARY

Fred G. Rodriguez

October 10, 1939May 18, 2019
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Fred G. Rodriguez passed peacefully on May 18, 2019, in San Antonio, TX, with his devoted family by his side until his final breath. After a long and accomplished life, he will be forever remembered and universally missed.

Fred was born on October 10, 1939 in Rio Grande City, TX to Dr. Mamiliano Juan and Rebecca Garza Rodriguez. As the second oldest of six children, Fred was given talents and responsibilities from a very young age.

Fred had the unique experience of being educated at Texas A&M while ultimately graduating from the University of Texas at Austin. After obtaining his JD degree from UT Law, he served in the United States Army utilizing his language proficiency in Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Russian. He dutifully served before, during, and after the Cuban Crisis.

Fred then worked as an Assistant Criminal District Attorney in the Bexar County Criminal District Attorney’s office from 1967 to 1977. From there, he moved to the United States Attorney’s office where he was the First Assistant for the Western District of Texas until 1981. As the first Hispanic to ever occupy this position, he received commendations by the United States Attorney General’s Office, the United States Postal Service, and the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In 1987, after being duly elected, Fred was the first Hispanic to serve as the Bexar County Criminal District Attorney. As a certified specialist in criminal law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and the National Board of Trial Advocacy, Fred had the distinction of practicing law for over 50 years.

Fred also enjoyed a lifetime of athletics and exercise. He was four sport athlete in high school, a member of the Texas A&M weightlifting team, and for the last 20 years actively competed in the Senior Olympics in numerous track and field events, at local, state, and national levels. Fred was a firm believer in exercising both the body and the mind until his final days.

In 1978, Fred married the love of his life, Carolyn Walker and set out his proudest achievement of becoming a father to two beautiful children, Sabrina Lisel and Frederick Travis. While he may have enjoyed many titles throughout his long, storied life, his favorite title was simply “dad”.

He will join his bride, Carolyn Walker-Rodriguez, and their beautiful daughter, Sabrina Lisel in the family’s eternal journey. He is survived by his cherished son Travis and his wife Constance Bosché, his precious grandson and absolute joy of his life, Frederic Ambrose; his loving siblings, Evangeline Marino, Judy Rodriguez, Dr. Jim and Katherine Rodriguez, Dolores and Julio Madrigal, Marty and Leon Garcia; his loyal in-laws Audrey Driscoll, Yvette Howard, Dr. Nora and Ed Curran, Carla and Greg Touliatos; and 30 nieces and nephews and counting. Fred will be forever admired for his wisdom, strength, and poise.

Visitation will be 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 22, 2019, with a Rosary to follow at 7:00 p.m. at Sunset Funeral Home Chapel. The Funeral Service will be at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, May 23, 2019, at St. Peter Prince of the Apostles Catholic Church, 111 Barilla, San Antonio, TX 78209, with internment to follow at Sunset Memorial Park. Condolences may be offered at www.sunsetfuneralhomesa.com.

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  • He will join his bride, Carolyn Walker-Rodriguez, and their beautiful daughter, Sabrina Lisel in the family’s eternal journey. He is survived by his cherished son Travis and his wife Constance Bosché, his precious grandson and absolute joy of his life, Frederic Ambrose; his loving siblings, Evangeline Marino, Judy Rodriguez, Dr. Jim and Katherine Rodriguez, Dolores and Julio Madrigal, Marty and Leon Garcia; his loyal in-laws Audrey Driscoll, Yvette Howard, Dr. Nora and Ed Curran, Carla and Greg Touliatos; and 30 nieces and nephews and counting.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, May 22, 2019
  • Rosary Service Wednesday, May 22, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, May 23, 2019
  • Committal Service Thursday, May 23, 2019

Memories

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Maria Olivia Munoz

May 28, 2019

With heartfelt condolences to Judy and Travis, their families, and to the RGC 1957 graduates, love and peace to Freddy, an extraordinary human being and a brilliant student. With happy memories of our school days, y un abrazo until we meet again.

Your high school language teacher,
Maria Olivia Munoz

Gene Hendrickson

May 22, 2019

Fred, regret that I will not be able to attend the ceremony honoring you for your lifetime achievements-legal and otherwise. Your contributions to this community as a district attorney and U.S. attorney were outstanding; and your editorial skills reflected in the Court House (REAL) NEWS made working there more tolerable, for which I thank you.
I look forward to seeing you again in God's Court.

Sincerely,
Gene Hendrickson
Court Reporter

Gloria Delgado

May 22, 2019

I was a reporter at the San Antonio Express-News and often covered the courthouse where I met Fred, who as an Assistant DA had a very high conviction rate on the cases he prosecuted. I interviewed him for news stories and he was always willing to talk to a reporter. He had a great sense of humor and had a stuffed monkey on his desk that he could turn on to clap with brass plates that were very loud and noisy. That was his way of letting me know that the interview was over.

Robert Cavazos

May 22, 2019

My condolences for the entire family for the loss of Mr. Rodriguez. I remember he would keep a score box of all our 8th grade basketball games. That is the attention to detail you would expect from an athletic attorney. He was always at our games all the way though high school. Going to St. Peters and Central Catholic with Travis the entire way you have opportunities to know parents. I am glad I got to interact with a legend all those year. Travis you have my prayers from Austin as your dad enters his eternal rest with our Lord.

Patricia Cross

May 21, 2019

I never knew Fred the lawyer. I knew Fred the father. As a teacher of his two children I witnessed the loving relationship he had with both of them.

Everyone who knew Fred liked him. He and Carolyn were just really nice people.
I have many Fred stories. However, this is one of my favorites. Once, in my classroom, his daughter Sabrina had drawn people on her toes. She took off her shoes and was having her toes talk to the other students. I thought it was funny and cute as can be but I had to stop her because I could teach with the little people toes talking to everyone. He stopped into my classroom the next morning to talk to me. Both he and I laughed and laughed. I know he had a high power job and was a very busy man. But, that was never evident when it came to his children. He always took his time and it was obvious that he took such a delight in both of them.

HR Bert Peña, Esq.

May 21, 2019

Fred, my longtime dear friend and son of the RGV, as am I, you will be sorely missed and may God grant you eternal rest. Of course, I will miss our twice a year tertulias and convocatorios at the Palm in San Antonio, our time as assistant DAs and our recollections of growing up in the RGV. There is no doubt you set the standard as the smartest DA Bexar County ever elected. May you continue to brief St. Peter and the Apostles as to their constitutional rights and explain the criminal justice system to the angels and archangels guarding heaven. With highest respect and esteem, I am
Your friend,
HR Bert Peña, Esq.

Freeda Massey Babson

May 20, 2019

What a lovely man Fred was! Condolences to his loved ones. He will be fondly remembered by so many.

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