OBITUARY

Dr. Manuel Postrero Lastra

August 2, 1940October 9, 2020
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Dr. Manuel Postrero Lastra, 80 South Texas lost a scholar and pioneer in Radiology and in medicine.

Dr. Manuel Postrero Lastra, 80, of San Antonio, Texas, beloved husband and best friend of Jean (Abrera) Lastra for 56 years, passed away peacefully surrounded by the ones he laughed with, lived for, and loved on 9 Oct, 2020.

Dr. Manuel Lastra was born in Cebu, Phillippines. He attended the Far Eastern University in Manila and received a Doctor of Medicine. He later interned and started his Radiology residency at St Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada and completed his Residency in the United States in Nuclear Medicine at the Veteran’s Administration, Washington DC as part of the Naval Health Sciences Education and Training Command. He then moved to Texas, where he became a Clinical Associate Professor for The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, while practicing medicine and receiving recognition from the Texas Medical Association and Radiological Society of America for his award winning scientific exhibit “Self Evaluation in Radiology”. He is a Lifetime Member of the UT Health Science Center Medical Alumni Association. Dr. Lastra then moved his family and brought his innovation and expertise to the Rio Grande Valley and raised his family in McAllen, Texas. He pioneered advanced Radiology capabilities and provided the first-ever open MRI facilities to serve the community. He enjoyed running his own practice and had many colleagues and longtime clients, of which many became his close friends.

Dr. Manuel Lastra was an avid hunter and a world traveler. Among his many accolades, is a world record class top 20 Four Horn Sheep largest ever taken and recorded in the Record of Exotics in Ingram, Texas. He also loved spending time with his grandkids and attending their many functions. Besides his wife Jean, Dr. Manuel Lastra is survived by his five daughters Eileen Lastra Le and husband Hung of Houston, Sheila Lastra Alvarez and husband Tony of Spring Branch; Sharon Lastra Cruz and husband Bernard; Kathleen Lastra Courville and husband Marc of Austin; Marsha Lastra Baluyut and husband Jay; his grandchildren, Megan, Mariah, Alexis, Manny, Haley, Loryn, MacKenna, Zoe Sophia, and Ava; as well other relatives and friends.

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to those who cared for him Judee and Tommie and the staff at Sodalis and Guiding Light Hospice. Their dedication and effort to provide quality care over the last few months were a heartwarming blessing to the entire family. We thank God for the gift of his life and the blessing of the time we spent with him in his final moments.

Services

  • Family Receiving Guests

    Wednesday, October 14, 2020

  • Rosary

    Wednesday, October 14, 2020

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  • Funeral Mass

    Thursday, October 15, 2020

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Ricardo and Lucy Ramos

October 18, 2020

We extend our deepest condolences, pray that you receive God‘s comfort and peace which only He can give. May He be your strength and hope in the coming days.
Sincerely, Ricardo and Lucy Ramos

Allan Mercado

October 14, 2020

Your generosity and service to our less fortunate brethren in the RGV community will never be forgotten . Your invitation to serve the Proyecto Desarollo Humano with the ICM sisters opened the doors for myself and other healthcare providers.
May Perpetual Light shine upon DR Manny Lastra O Lord and may he Rest In Peace

Fausto Viray

October 14, 2020

For years I'd wondered how I was going to even begin to repay you and your wife, cousin Jean; you both had reached out and supported me during my early days in McAllen. You both made me feel I can make a new life in a new place while away from my family in Toronto.

Thank you Kuya Manny - Dr. Manuel Lastra. May we all go forward in our lives on this earth with strength and courage as you did and may you rest in peace...

Melinda Lopez

October 13, 2020

Our Deepest Condolences to The Lastra family, Dr. Lastra was a Class Act , and I will always carrie fond memories of him and my employment at Radiology Associates back in the 90’s. We had a Great team under him and he always treated us with respect and made me feel like family. I am Blessed to have known him , may he rest in peace. God Bless

Adrian Flores

October 13, 2020

It's sad to here that a wonderful and down to earth human being was called by the mighty God. No doubt that he has received his wings.
I had the great pleasure of working besides him and his family, nothing but pure ❤. I'm speechless! I loved my friend Dr. Lastra. I will miss you my friend. Angel indeed called by the most high God. My sincere condolence to the family, friends and colleagues. Truly you will be missed.. God bless you my friend, enjoy the peaceness and RIP 🙏

Eloy Erendu Saenz

October 13, 2020

There are no words to even begin to describe this wonderful man. I will miss you dearly. My heart is hurting right now . But knowing that you are at rest makes me happy.
I thank you for your knowledge in radiology for it made me a better person in the field today. May God bless you and your family. Rest in peace my friend. Rest in peace

Emma Cervantes

October 13, 2020

I'm sorry to hear that Dr. Lastra pass he was a very kind person, he was my boss at Radiology Associates north side, my deepest condolences to his family

Vanessa de la Garza

October 13, 2020

The Lastras were my second family growing up in McAllen, Texas. Dr. Lastra’s youngest daughter, Marsha Lastra Balayut and I were inseparable from kindergarten through our high school graduation. I am overwhelmed by the sheer volume of memories I have of the Lastra family. Instead of focusing on a specific memory, I’d like to focus on how Dr. and Mrs. Lastra made me feel. They made me feel like their sixth daughter. I loved being in their loud, boisterous, love-filled home. Especially when the sisters were back from college breaks/visiting. The laughter was non-stop! The Lastra family will forever hold a spot in my heart, as they are synonymous with my childhood. Dr. Lastra was a scholar and a pioneer and a brilliant man. But what I remember most about Dr. Lastra is that he was a great dad to my childhood best friend, Marsha, which in turn made him a great second dad to me. He was witty, kind, supportive and had the best sense of fashion. He tolerated us eating cereal in his bed watching TV at the Edinburg house. He tolerated the pranks Marsha and I would play on her older sisters. He tolerated our giggles and whispers in the back of his red Toyota with the bananas hanging in front. He even tolerated hearing the same movies over and over from the game room. (16 Candles, Big Trouble in Little China, Heathers...) I feel sure that’s why the game room in the new house was so far away from the master bedroom!

My beloved Lastra family,
I have been crying since Marsha let me know. I am so sorry for your loss. He was a great man of science, but an even greater dad and husband. He will be missed. What amazing things he accomplished in his lifetime! His most important accomplishment, his beautiful family, will continue to spread his joy, love and great intellect for generations to come. The world lost a wonderful human being. My heart feels like it’s breaking. I cannot imagine how yours feels.
Love,
Vanessa de la Garza

Doreen Morgan

October 13, 2020

Mrs. Lastra, I am so sorry to hear the news of your husband. Your daughters are a true testament of what a wonderful parents you both are. I know he is greatly missed. Prayers for peace and comfort for you and the family.

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