Dr. Manuel C. Rodriguez (Satch) passed away peacefully on Friday May 14th, 2021 due to diabetes complications. He was 83. He was surrounded by his family, the most important thing in his life, and went to be with our Lord forevermore.
Dr. Rodriguez was born in a small house on Beck Street in Nogales, AZ on February 26, 1938 to his parents Guillermo and Julia Rodriguez. He attended Nogales Public Schools and graduated in 1957. He received his BS at Arizona State College on a baseball scholarship and was awarded MVP. This is where he met the love of his life, Patricia Rollins from Monroe, MI. The two wed in 1961 in Nogales, AZ. He then received his Masters of Spanish at the University of Iowa. He obtained his doctorate in Spanish and Portugese Literature at the University of Arizona. He went on to become a Professor of Modern Languages at Northern Arizona University. He assisted in the development and implementation of the Spanish immersion program for the state of Arizona.
Manuel was an active member of the Elks Lodge since 1975 and tirelessly supported his community. He served as Exalted Ruler in 1980-81, and later became the State President in 2001-2002. Known as Satch to his friends, he was the life of the party and well known at NAU, The Elks Lodge, and loved by all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his father Guillermo, his mother Julia, his sister Gloria, and his brother, Gullermo (Lemi). He is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Patt, his children Chyle, Candy, and Charles (Maia). He also leaves behind grandchildren Kody, Cheyenne, Kaia, Dillon, Casey, Taylor, and Will (RJ).
A viewing will take place on Sunday May 23rd,2021 from 4-6pm at Norvel Owens Mortuary. The Funeral Mass will be on Monday May 24th,2021 at 10:30am at San Francisco de Asis Catholic Church followed by graveside services. A memorial will take place at the Flagstaff Elks Lodge starting at 1pm. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Manuel's life.