Carlos T. Tovar
Carlos Torres Tovar, 74, of Sabinal died on June 19, 2019, in Sabinal.
He was born on April 12, 1945, in Glendale, Arizona, to Maria and Felipe Tovar.
He moved to Sabinal at the age of 6 and was raised by his aunt and uncle, Ramona and Teodoro Torres, on Erwin Soyars Farm and Ranch in Sabinal. He graduated from Sabinal High School, where he played basketball.
He married his high school sweetheart, Florinda Ramirez, on Dec. 24, 1967, in Juneau, Wisconsin.
He served in the U.S. Army for two years during the Vietnam conflict and was awarded a Purple Heart. Among other honors, he was also awarded the Army Commendation Medal with valor for an incident that took place July 3, 1966, in which Tovar jumped on a Viet Cong armed with a grenade.
He worked for the Bexar County Sheriff Department as a deputy. He also worked as a ranch foreman.
He was a talented musician who often played the guitar to entertain friends and family.
He is survived by his wife, of Sabinal; three daughters, Sonya Tovar, Maricella Tovar and Christina Tovar, all of Sabinal; brother, Benito Tovar and wife, Kim, of Mayville, Wisconsin; three grandsons, Rudy Carlos Ysassi, Joshua Ray Ysassi, and Jeremy Trey Estrada; four granddaughters, Karina Olivia Davis, Jaelynn Alexia Davis, Penny Elizabeth Davis and Lucy Makayla Davis; five great-grandsons; one great-granddaughter; and three nieces, Kari Raasch and husband, Mike, Tricia Peterson and husband, Brad, and Amanda Frey and husband, Danny, all of Wisconsin.
Tovar was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Felipe Tovar Jr.; and his aunt and uncle.
A rosary was recited yesterday and will be recited again today at 7 p.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary in Sabinal.
A funeral mass will be held tomorrow at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Sabinal.
Interment will follow on Tuesday at 9 a.m. at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio.
Pallbearers will be Rudy Ysassi, Joshua Ysassi, Jeremy Estrada, Frankie Reyes, Benito Tovar, David Rodriguez, Robert Reyes and Tony Garcia.
Honorary pallbearers will be David Bailey, Manuel Flores, Gilbert Biera, Sugar Alejandro and Augie Ybarra.
Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary, www.rekfunerals.com