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 (Pancan.org), St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church (stgregorysa.org) or Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine (olgsanantonio.com).
For personal acknowledgement, you may sign the online guestbook at www.missionparks.com in the Tributes section.