Mario Yzaguirre, 93, passed away on Sept. 8, 2013, after a long and happy life devoted to his family and community.|
A 1943 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Yzaguirre remained committed to his beloved University, its students and its expansion in South Texas. He served the University of Texas as a member of the UT System Board of Regents and was active on a number of committees of the Board of Regents.
His dear college friend, former Texas Governor Dolph Briscoe, also appointed Yzaguirre to serve on the Texas Industrial Commission and the Texas Advisory Council for Technical and Vocational Schools. Yzaguirre also served on many other state and local boards and commissions, including the Brownsville Public Utilities Board.
Yzaguirre was the last surviving member of the "The Greatest Generation" from his family, having served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during World War II. He survived a shipwreck on the Atlantic Ocean and was forever grateful for the welcome that he and his shipmates received when they made it to the Azores.
Yzaguirre graduated from Holding Institute in Laredo in 1939, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy in 1943 from the University of Texas at Austin. He operated his pharmacy, Mario's Drug Store, in Brownsville for 32 years and was a founder of Brownsville National Bank.
He was passionate about ranching and raised primarily Santa Gertrudis cattle and Beefmaster Bulls on a Zapata County ranch that his family has operated since 1769.
Yzaguirre was preceded in death by his parents, Maximiano and Angela Zapata Yzaguirre; his brother, Tomas Yzaguirre and his sisters Eva Uribe, Crescencia Barrera and Alicia Guerra.
Yzaguirre is survived by his wife of 54 years, Maria Enriqueta Yzaguirre; his son and daughter-in law Mario Max and Leslie Yzaguirre, his son Manuel (Manny) Yzaguirre D.V.M., his daughter Maria (Pati) Yzaguirre, his son and daughter-in-law Mark and Katherine Yzaguirre; and grandchildren Max Yzaguirre, Will Yzaguirre, Matt Yzaguirre, Taylor Yzaguirre and Elizabeth Yzaguirre. Also, he is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the Yzaguirre family respectfully requests that memorial contributions be made to establish the Mario Yzaguirre Scholarship, an endowed scholarship for the new university and medical school that is being established by the University of Texas System in the Rio Grande Valley. Please send contributions to The University of Texas System, 210 W. 6th St., Suite 1.200, Austin, Texas 78701, with a reference to the Mario Yzaguirre Scholarship.
A rosary service for Mario will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, at Darling-Mouser Funeral Home, 945 Palm Blvd. in Brownsville.
The American Legion John Hanson Post 43 Funeral Honor Guard will render military honors immediately following the rosary.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will follow immediately afterward at Darling-Mouser.
The family will be available for visitation starting at 12:30 p.m. at Darling-Mouser.
You may view the obituary, sign the guest book, and send your condolences online to the Yzaguirre family at www.darlingmouser.com.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Darling-Mouser Funeral Home, 945 Palm Blvd., Brownsville, Texas 78520, (956) 546-7111.
Published in Brownsville Herald on Sept. 11, 2013