June 13, 1964 - October 14, 2015
Julio Riojas was called to the Father's House on October 14, 2015, donde fue recibido con los sonidos de guitarras, trompetas, violínes y voces de un gran mariachi angélical. He was born in San Antonio, Texas, on June 13, 1964. He was 51 years old. He graduated from Sidney Lanier High School, and thereafter attended St. Phillip's College and received a Certified Nurse's Assistant (CNA) Certificate. Julio learned to play the violin at the age of 12. His career began with the Mariachi Infantil, which later became Mariachi Juvenil, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in San Antonio, Texas. He was employed by the San Antonio Independent School District as a music instructor, and participated as a violinist for Mariachi Campanas de América. He later decided to form his own group, "Mariachi Uno: Los Zancuditos Locos." Julio was a very talented man who used his talent with the violin to make people happy, be it at funerals, weddings and other special events. He made people smile! He performed at events for Henry B. Gonzales, Senators, Representatives and Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, of England. He was a choir member at San Fernando Cathedral, St. Alfonso Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, and even entertained guests at The White House in Washington, DC. In addition to his passion for music, he had an impeccable passion for the well-being for the elderly at Retama Nursing Centery, where he was employed as an Activities Director. Julio is loved and will be missed by his parents, María and Alfonso Riojas; children, Justin Riojas Guerrero and Mariana Lynn Riojas; grandson, Victor Sosa Jr.; his siblings, Doris Seledón, Joe Rangel (Lydia), Ralph Riojas (Debbie), Diana Perez (Rudy), Edward Riojas, Mary Helen Saucedo (Vincent), Gloria Miller (Ray) and Martin Riojas; numerous nieces and nephews; aunt, Margarita Leija; uncle, Jesús Leija; numerous cousins; and many friends and fans. Visitation will be held at Castillo Mission Funeral Home on Sunday, October 18, for 12 Noon until 9 p.m., with a Rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. Funeral Procession departs at 12:30 p.m., on Monday, October 19, 2015, for a 1 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church. Interment will follow at San Fernando Cemetery II. Services under the direction of Castillo Mission Funeral Home.
Published by San Antonio Express-News on Oct. 16, 2015.