Enrique L. Vasquez
Enrique L. Vasquez, 85, of Uvalde died on Oct. 9, 2018, in Uvalde.
He was born to Margarita (Luna) and Jesus Vasquez on July 23, 1933, in Uvalde.
He was the former Armadillo King and owner of Vasquez Restaurant, which was “recommended by Enrique” as the business sign proclaimed. The family said he was a brutally honest man with strong convictions, a steadfast work ethic, a compassionate heart and a healthy sense of humor.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army at the age of 19 and was ranked in the top 10 at the Noncommissioned Officer Academy. He eventually became a sergeant major and served honorably in the Korean Conflict.
Vasquez led a vibrant life after his military service. He loved chili cook-offs in Terlingua, where he took on the persona of the Armadillo King. His fame as the Armadillo King landed him an appearance on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson.
On a more serious level, his political grass-roots efforts and community organizing led to an invitation from the Manhattan borough’s president, Percy Sutton, to speak at Columbia University in New York. It was one of his proudest moments.
He was best known for operating Vasquez Restaurant, singing and playing guitar while serving what his patrons described as the best food in town, with enchiladas second to none. He was often seen driving around Uvalde in his cherished, beat up white 1963 Chevy pickup.
He touched many lives in many ways. He provided for his family and was a mentor and friend to his patrons. He was always there to help others and lend a hand to those in need.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and his 14 brothers and sisters. He is survived by his children.
In lieu of flowers, donations by check may be given to Honor Flight San Antonio, 14080 Nacogdoches Road, San Antonio, TX 78247.