Reynaldo "Rey" Martinez Soto, 62, of San Antonio, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 after a long battle with multiple sclerosis.
He was born on March 3, 1951 in Caguas, Puerto Rico to Maria Soto and the late Victor Torres. Reynaldo graduated from John Jay High School in San Antonio before joining the Army
in 1968 until 1971 and then served in the Air Force from 1972 to 1980.
Reynaldo is survived by his loving wife of 36 years Susan. Their love endured through every obstacle that crossed their path. He is survived by his daughter Brianna and her husband Anthony Ramos, as well as his son Sean Lebeau and his wife Julia
He is also survived by his sisters, Lilly (Dan) Armstrong of Florida, Vicky (David) Luna of Florida, Commander Jenny Soto of Virginia, and Miriam (Austin) Weber of Washington. Brothers,Victor (Jacqueline) Soto of Washington, Raymond (Dorothea) Torres of Alaska, Kenneth (Claire) Torres of Arizona, and Ricky (Mary) Soto of Pennsylvania. In-laws: Irene (Victor)Perez, Abel (Eva) Salazar, Nancy Salazar, Diana Medina, Debra (Jesse) Lara, Sandra (Abel) Sauceda, Judy (Gilbert) Salas, Joanne (Ramiro) Gomez, Irma Garcia, as well as numerous nieces and nephews . All of whom were touched greatly by his kindness and happy spirit.
Reynaldo was an active member of the Paralyzed Veterans of America, devoting much of his time to working with and helping others with disabilities. He enjoyed the many activities the PVA offered, such as bowling, air rifle; but most of all he enjoyed participation in the National Veterans Wheelchair Games each year. Of all five years competing he brought home a total of 8 medals. Reynaldo always said winning was not important as long as you had fun. He lived by the motto- never give in, never give up.
A viewing and visitation will be held from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm on Tuesday January 14, 2014 with a rosary at 7:00 pm. A Funeral Service will be on Wednesday January 15, 2014 at 11:30 am. All services will be held at Castle Ridge Mortuary followed by a burial at 1:30 pm at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery