Matias Martinez Velasquez Obituary


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“I was saddened by the news of the death of my good friend, Matias, whom I first met at St. Mary's when he was a choir member and I was the director...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Rev. Joseph B. Wilson - IN

“Hello to the Velasquez family. This message is from Joan Pearsall who shares with you your grief on the passing of Matias. She holds your family in...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Kit Pearsall - austin, TX

“Thinking of you and praying that God will send you peace in this difficult time. My prayers will always be with you and your family. ”
3 of 8 | Posted by: Linda Estrada and family - Austin, TX

“Dear Barbara, Yolanda and extended family: Please know that our prayers and thoughts are with you during this time. May the love of your friends...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Waldine Hernandez & Leonard Gonzales - TX

“My Dad grew up with Matias and spoke of him often. He was also Godfather to Yolanda. Your Dad will be missed. His legacy will remain through the...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Marie Martinez - Austin, Texas, TX

“To Barbara, Yolanda and the rest on Mr. Valesquez`s Family My deepest condolences. All of you will be in my prayers in this time of need. ”
6 of 8 | Posted by: Ernest M. Trevino - Austin, TX

“To the Velasquez Family-Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort. ”
7 of 8 | Posted by: Raymond Jr and JoAnn Vallejo - TX

“Dad thank you for everything you have done for us.You were my inspiration for all that I have accomplished.I enjoyed our house.always filled with...Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: mike velasquez - snyder, TX


Matias was born on February 24, 1921 to Porfiria Martinez and Gilberto Velasquez in McNeil, Texas, the fourth of five sons. He was predeceased by his parents, brothers Roy, Julian, Santiago and Pete and by his true love Susie; their son, George; two grandchildren, Francis Xavier and Isabel Therese. He died April 21, 2008. Matias loved music. During World War II he proudly served in the Aleutian Islands and also entertained the troops as a singer and guitarist in the service bands. He had a dance band known as the Latinaires in the 1940s, 50s and 60s in Austin and was honored by the Austin Latino Music Association as an Idolo for his contributions to the Austin music scene. He was also honored as a member of the Latino Legends of Austin. As a life long member of St. Mary Cathedral he sang in the original men's choir for over 25 years. He loved children and was an example and friend to not only his own children but to all children. He was a skilled carpenter and finally supported his family as cab driver #175 for Roy's Taxi, which was a Velasquez family business in Austin for 75 years. He is survived by his children Charles Flores, Yolanda Velasquez, Barbara Rivera, Michael Velasquez Sr (Josie), Frank Velasquez (Elsa), Geraldine Stewart (Jim), Monica Larson; his 13 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. His grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Recitation of the Rosary will be Wednesday April 23, 2008, at 7:00 p.m. at Wilke-Clay-Fish funeral home, 2620 S. Congress. Mass of Resurrection will be held Thursday, April 24, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. St. Mary Cathedral, 203 E. 10th Street, with interment following at Assumption Cemetery.