1953 - 2021
Mission Park Funeral Chapels Cherry Ridge
3401 Cherry Ridge Dr
San Antonio, TX

Anyone want a margarita? Can I get you a refill? That's what you'd hear from Roy Sáenz at one of his many parties and family gatherings at Casa Sáenz. Roy loved his family and many friends, and enjoyed life greatly. "Este hombre gozó la vida." Roy, born on July 1, 1953, passed from this life on August 26, 2021, after a courageous 27-month battle with cancer. His memory will be cherished and celebrated by his wife of 47 1/2 years Liz Zamarripa Sáenz (aka "Security"); children Melissa, Joshua (Yarisel), and René; grandchildren Léo, Paloma, and Max; siblings Dan (Kathi) and Edna; lifelong best friend Juan Leal (aka "Uncle John"); countless compadres y familia. Roy's parents were Sergio and Nieves Sáenz. He was a proud graduate of Burbank HS (1971), obtained degrees from SAC and Trinity University, built a successful 45-year career at USAA, and provided his family with a beautiful home and every opportunity.

Roy and Liz enjoyed life to the fullest with their huge network of friends. They spent many nights listening to live music by their circle of wonderful musician friends, dancing at high school reunions and Pueblo Hall, poker nights with neighborhood buddies, Dallas Cowboys games with Lanier HS buddies, dinners/drinks at their favorites Mexican Manhattan and Mi Tierra, or hosting large puro parties at Casa Sáenz that packed in the best food, music and fun. Roy was famous for his delicious home-made margaritas, and made sure nobody had an empty glass. Roy and Liz especially loved Fiesta San Antonio, celebrating each year by staying at downtown hotels and attending numerous events. They were hardcore "Medal Maniacs" with a special bond with their crazy, loving Fiesta Familia. Roy could be seen walking throughout Fiesta events with a huge smile, taking pictures and wearing his Fiesta sash covered in medals that reached down to his knees. He was fortunate to see his daughter and grandchildren one last time in July 2021, when they traveled from Europe to visit. He was blessed to spend some of his last weeks with the full familia together, and see how his precious grandchildren had grown and matured. Roy was the greatest husband, father, and friend anyone could ask for. He devoted himself to making his wife and children happy, and enriched the lives of countless friends and family who will never forget him. We will all carry on his spirit by following his example of generosity and enjoyment of life. He was a kind soul, and a very cool, fedora-wearing guy.

A private memorial tribute will be held on Thursday, September 23, 2021, at Mission Park Funeral Chapels Cherry Ridge; and an open Funeral Mass will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, September 24, 2021, at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church. A private burial is planned for a later date. For everyone's safety, we will require face masks for all guests, "socially-distanced" hugs, and no children please. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (, St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church ( or Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine (

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Published by Express-News on Sep. 19, 2021.
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Liz, our most sincere condolences to you and your family. May God give you strength during this difficult time. I am lost with words cause this really caught me by surprise when I saw a posting on FB. You both were a couple full of life, laughter and happiness when I would see you at reunions. He will be greatly missed.
Louisa and Willie Riojas
September 24, 2021
Mr. Fiesta as how I will remember him. You will be missed Roy. Glad I got to know you. Sincere condolences to Liz and the family.
Sam Hurst
September 23, 2021
The invitations would read, "Roy and Liz invite you to the Pachanga". Always the consummate hosts. Always the festive couple. Thank you Roy for your friendship and decades of enlightened conversations during our lunches at USAA. Si Compa, uno más con sal.
Charlie and Connie Felan
September 22, 2021
Saddened to hear the news. Roy was a great guy and an awesome manager. Fun loving, easy going, get it done and moving forward. Comfort, prayers and condolences to the family. Rest well Roy.
Roberto Ramirez
September 21, 2021
I am saddened by Roy's passing. I was a school mate of his at Burbank and really enjoyed his friendship, especially his humor. My condolences to his family and friends. Rest in peace my friend.
Joe Rabago
September 20, 2021
Our deepest condolences to Liz and family. May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Denise & Rene´ Siller
September 20, 2021
Our condolences and prayers for the Saenz family , God bless and rest in peace Mr. Roy.
JERRY - Gloria Garcia
September 20, 2021
Roy's USAA - Business Continuation Teammates offer our deepest condolences, prayers, and thoughts for the Saenz Family's comfort. On a personnel note, I will always cherish Roy's focus on enjoying life.
Mickie Williams
September 20, 2021
Liz and family, we were shocked and sadden to read of Roy's passing. Our condolences and prayers for you all during this time of sorrow. Rest in peace Roy and God Bless you.
Cecilia Molina
September 19, 2021
Our heartfelt sympathy & prayers go out to Liz & la Familia Saenz! Roy was a dear friend who will be missed! Love to all! Pat & Skip Rodriguez
Pat & Phillip(Skippy) Rodriguez
September 19, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Antonio (Tony) Morales Jr
September 19, 2021
My deepest and most sincere sympathies to Elizabeth and her family. May our dear lord provide you with fortitude and endurance to support you through this most difficult time. May God bless the soul and memory of Roy. I was blessed to have known him.
Luis Saldaña
September 19, 2021
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