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OBITUARY

Mario Luis Ruiz

December 31, 1968October 31, 2018

Our beloved brother, Mario L. Ruiz, went to his eternal rest at age 49 on October 31, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas.

Mario was born on December 31, 1968 in Sinton, Texas, the second of Julian & Martha Ruiz’s three children. He grew up in Live Oak, Texas - first, on the old Friesenhahn Hill, and then later, the family home on a flat stretch atop Whispering Oaks Street which became a favorite place for neighborhood friends to play street football, basketball, and wiffle-ball. Mario attended Judson ISD schools beginning with the now-named Ed Franz Elementary, through Kitty Hawk Junior High before graduating a mighty Judson Rocket. A member of Pack and then Troop 805, he attained Boy Scouts’ highest rank of Eagle Scout and was an Ordeal Member of the Order of the Arrow. Mario then moved to Austin to be a Longhorn at The University of Texas at Austin where he competed in intramural badminton as he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Special Education. After starting his teaching career working for Austin ISD, he returned to our family home to help our mother care for our then-ailing father.

Preceded in death by his parents, Julian & Martha Ruiz, Mario is survived by his brother, Miguel J. Ruiz (Cheryl); his sister, Celina E. Ruiz-Snowden (Michael); and his nieces and nephews: Keith Carpenter, Emily Carpenter, Adam Ruiz, Emma Snowden and Jazmin Snowden; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, teammates and friends.

Mario followed the example of his parents to serve his community and worked as a special education teacher at Candlewood Elementary in Judson ISD; and volunteered at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Community in Selma, Texas as an usher, a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus, and as an active member of the Guadalupana Society. A generous man, Mario was always shopping for his students, fellow teachers or friends. He loved to play bingo and could be seen at the local Flamingo Bingo with his lucky trolls. Besides being a “Trekkie” at heart, Mario loved to watch CSI, comedies, and to cheer on the Texas Longhorns, Dallas Cowboys, San Antonio Spurs and his beloved Judson Rockets where he had been a football manager under their legendary coach, D.W. Rutledge. Mario was a genuine individual with a heart as big as Texas - always helping his fellow man and embodying a duty to God and Country, Family and Friends.

A viewing and visitation for Mario will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 8th, with Rosary at 7 p.m.; a Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, November 9th, with interment and bereavement to follow - all services will be held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 16075 N. Evans Road, Selma, Texas 78154.

Thank you to all the family and friends who were there to support our brother throughout his life – especially in the four years since the passing of our Mother.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to The Neighborhood Longhorns Program Scholarship Fund in memory of Mario Ruiz at bit.ly/NLPMarioRuiz .

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.colonialuniversal.com for the RUIZ family.

  • FAMILY

  • He is preceded in death by his parents, Julian & Martha Ruiz, Mario is survived by his brother, Miguel J. Ruiz (Cheryl); his sister, Celina E. Ruiz-Snowden (Michael); and his nieces and nephews: Keith Carpenter, Emily Carpenter, Adam Ruiz, Emma Snowden and Jazmin Snowden; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, teammates and friends.
  • DONATIONS

  • The Neighborhood Longhorns Program Scholarship Fund in memory of Mario Ruiz

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, November 8, 2018
  • Rosary Service Thursday, November 8, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Friday, November 9, 2018
  • Interment Friday, November 9, 2018
REMEMBERING

Mario Luis Ruiz

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Lisa Gonzales

November 9, 2018

Mario,
You will be greatly missed!! Being Celina's best friend since elementary school, you were like a brother that I never had. You were always kind, non judgemental, helpful and always looking for the next sale. You were funny and great at what you did, teaching and caring for others. I know you have reunited with your parents and playing some Bingo up above. Thank you for always being YOU, a loving, caring, awesome young man and teacher.

The boys and I will miss you, but we know you are an angel looking over your loved ones.

We were blessed to make memories with you.

We love you and will miss you.

Susan Peery

November 8, 2018

I am so sorry to hear about Mario's passing. I had the pleasure of serving as his administrator and colleague at Candlewood from 1999-2008. He had a big heart and genuinely cared about those whose lives were touched by his. When my girls were in Judson HS, I always knew I would see Mario at the Friday night football games and have someone to talk to when I attended the games by myself. He did love those games! I received misinformation and went to the funeral home this evening but found it dark. I then realized the service was at the church. I will do my best to attend the service tomorrow. If I am unable to make it, please know my prayers are with Mario's family.
Strength in faith,
Susan Peery

Kay Crawford

November 8, 2018

I have known Mario for so many years! I started to work at Ed Franz Elementary ( then named Live Oak Elementary) in 1985. God had planned that I would teach Special Education with Mario’s, Miguel’s, and Celina’s mother Martha Ruiz! What a blessing the whole family became to me over all the years! My memories of Mario go way back! But I think what stands out in my mind was the times that his mom, Martha and I and some other ladies who worked together started going out to celebrate our birthdays on certain Friday nights! Mario would go out to play bingo with one of our group’s husbands. The highlight was when they would return to our dessert gathering where we would learn the outcome of the bingo games! We looked forward to hearing who won or not, and then started the football conversations, the scores, the funny things we had experienced, etc. Mario has always been a bright light in my times spent with him! He has been giving , kind, and devoted son, brother, friend and teacher! I have known him as a man with a heart for loving his students and going the second mile to help any and all people who cross his path! He was truly an instrument of the Lord! I don’t live in San Antonio anymore; but I have loved Mario and the family for all these years! I am missing his smile, his devotion to his students and others, and just being a part of his life! Love to all family members!

Sarah Bryant

November 7, 2018

I had the pleasure of working with Mario during my time at Candlewood. My fondest memory (and it was hard to chose), was his reaction when I explained to him that due to the needs of a particular new student in my class, that I would need him to help chaperone our OVERNIGHT 5th grade class field trip to the Outdoor School in Marble Falls, and the trip itself. I try to model much of what I do with my special education students from what I saw from Mario working with all students. Mario, my friend, I will miss you.

Kim Stewart (formerly Bradford)

November 6, 2018

I've known Mario since we were in the same kindergarten class at Live Oak Elementary. Later, my family moved near the Ruiz family and I can sort of recall us all playing out in the street- so many neighborhood kids! The one thing that stands out to me about Mario is KINDNESS- he was just a genuinely nice guy. I recently had a file come across my desk at work that led me to the Candlewood Elementary site...and there was Mario's name. I knew he was a teacher, but did not know where...I almost clicked on the link to his name to shoot him a quick hello- but I didn't. I wish I had. My heart breaks for all those sweet children under his care who no doubt are confused and sad by his passing...just as we all are. Prayers to his family for understanding and peace. Mario, the world is a better place because of your contributions here on Earth.
Sincerest condolences,
Kim Stewart

Pearlie Mason

November 6, 2018

I have known Mario since he started working at CWE. I have never heard him speak negatively about anyone. Mario had such a kind, caring heart. He would always share his bingo winnings with us. He would treat us to tacos or lunch on PD days . Mario was always involved in activities at school. He volunteered to work pre registration every year. He donated tee shirts to the staff. He was such a nice person. I will miss Mario and will always have fond memories of him. Rest in peace Mario. God bless you! 👼🏻 🤗💕

Paula Hernandez

November 5, 2018

I'm Camille sister..Paula
I'm truly blessed I have met you !
You always with a smile also with heart of gold..
You automatically became family to our family.
Well friend/brother you are now our Angle from heaven..
We will Miss you dearly.
Paula Hernandez & JaMarcus Hodge

Jennifer (Barnes) Creswell

November 5, 2018

My first years teaching were with Mario and never ever did he seem to have a bad day. Forever smiling and just loving life. That is something to be admired and he will be missed by many. I pray for peace for all those struggling to find it. Rest well my friend, I know they will have Bingo in heaven waiting for you!

Kelli Upshaw

November 5, 2018

I will always have fond memories of Mario from when I attended UT and my recent visits to his aunt’s house on Christmas Eve. He was always a kind and gentle man. I pray that God will provide comfort to Celina and the family during this time.

Freda Knight

November 4, 2018

Mario, My Friend, I will miss your smiling face and happy personality. You were always there to talk and listen when I needed you and you made me feel whole again. What will we do without you there.

Biography

Our beloved brother, Mario L. Ruiz, went to his eternal rest at age 49 on October 31, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas.

Mario was born on December 31, 1968 in Sinton, Texas, the second of Julian & Martha Ruiz’s three children. He grew up in Live Oak, Texas - first, on the old Friesenhahn Hill, and then later, the family home on a flat stretch atop Whispering Oaks Street which became a favorite place for neighborhood friends to play street football, basketball, and wiffle-ball. Mario attended Judson ISD schools beginning with the now-named Ed Franz Elementary, through Kitty Hawk Junior High before graduating a mighty Judson Rocket. A member of Pack and then Troop 805, he attained Boy Scouts’ highest rank of Eagle Scout and was an Ordeal Member of the Order of the Arrow. Mario then moved to Austin to be a Longhorn at The University of Texas at Austin where he competed in intramural badminton as he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Special Education. After starting his teaching career working for Austin ISD, he returned to our family home to help our mother care for our then-ailing father.

Preceded in death by his parents, Julian & Martha Ruiz, Mario is survived by his brother, Miguel J. Ruiz (Cheryl); his sister, Celina E. Ruiz-Snowden (Michael); and his nieces and nephews: Keith Carpenter, Emily Carpenter, Adam Ruiz, Emma Snowden and Jazmin Snowden; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, teammates and friends.

Mario followed the example of his parents to serve his community and worked as a special education teacher at Candlewood Elementary in Judson ISD; and volunteered at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Community in Selma, Texas as an usher, a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus, and as an active member of the Guadalupana Society. A generous man, Mario was always shopping for his students, fellow teachers or friends. He loved to play bingo and could be seen at the local Flamingo Bingo with his lucky trolls. Besides being a “Trekkie” at heart, Mario loved to watch CSI, comedies, and to cheer on the Texas Longhorns, Dallas Cowboys, San Antonio Spurs and his beloved Judson Rockets where he had been a football manager under their legendary coach, D.W. Rutledge. Mario was a genuine individual with a heart as big as Texas - always helping his fellow man and embodying a duty to God and Country, Family and Friends.

A viewing and visitation for Mario will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 8th, with Rosary at 7 p.m.; a Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, November 9th, with interment and bereavement to follow - all services will be held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 16075 N. Evans Road, Selma, Texas 78154.

Thank you to all the family and friends who were there to support our brother throughout his life – especially in the four years since the passing of our Mother.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to The Neighborhood Longhorns Program Scholarship Fund in memory of Mario Ruiz at bit.ly/NLPMarioRuiz .

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.colonialuniversal.com for the RUIZ family.