Hugo L. Elizondo
Hugo Luna Elizondo, 92, of Concan died on March 12, 2020, at Amistad Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Uvalde.
Visitation began yesterday at 2 p.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary.
A rosary was recited yesterday and will be recited again today and tomorrow at 7 p.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary. A funeral mass will be held on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Elizondo was born on Dec. 26, 1927, in Guerrero, Coahuila, Mexico, to Petra (Luna) and Manuel Elizondo.
He met his wife, Bertha Peña Castillon, while riding horseback along the street in front her house. They were married on Nov. 4, 1950, in Guerrero, Coahuila, Mexico. They were married for 67 years until her death in early 2018. Together they had eight children.
Elizondo was the oldest boy of a family of nine siblings. According to the family, he adored his mother and respected his father.
The family described him as a serious yet fun-loving young man. They said he was frugal in his spending, creative and flexible in his view of life, and disciplined in his thoughts.
He composed many songs early in his life while working cattle and horse with his family and friends. These songs reflect his nature and are treasured by his family.
The family also said Elizondo met each of his life adventures with enthusiasm and good humor and was respected and liked by those he met and assisted over the decades. Elizondo and his wife took in numerous relatives and friends and provided board for them until they were ready to proceed with the rest of their lives.
He helped a nephew learn the ropes of life and took deer meat to needy.
Elizondo honed his ranching knowledge working on the Padlock Ranch in Wyoming and the Y-O Ranch in Texas.
The family said his roping skills, whether on horseback or on foot, were unequaled, and his knowledge of livestock, including horses, cows, sheep and goats was a gift.
He began his career on the Big Tree Ranch in Concan. He continued to raise and teach his family the values of living the ranch life.
Elizondo assisted the owner, Michael Stoner, for over five decades. His duties included helping manage the horse operations, raising and cutting hay, building fences, fixing windmills and tractors, being a ranch “veterinarian,” planting and harvesting oats, and green breaking thousands of colts and fillies.
The Big Tree Ranch was home for his family and approximately 70 horses, 100 cattle, 100 goats, and over 200 sheep. They also had six milk cows and many chickens, a couple of dogs and many cats.
He is survived by five daughters, Norma Berrones of Uvalde, Nelva Rodriguez and husband, Ricardo, of Temple, Lesbia Northern and husband, Marty, of Lubbock, Lidia Rodriguez and husband, Rodolfo, of Dilley, Sulema Cabrera and husband, Romeo, of San Antonio; two sons, Hugo Elizondo Jr. and wife, Delia, of Blanco, and Ricardo Elizondo and wife, Patricia, of Buda; two brothers, Matilde Elizondo of Eagle Pass and Jesus Elizondo of Buda; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife; son, Jose Luis Elizondo; four sisters, Argentina E. Muñoz, Irma E. Oca, Florentina E. Rodriguez and Olga E. Cedillo; and two brothers, Matias Elizondo and Manuel Elizondo.
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