Luis Angel Uribe
Luis Angel Uribe
  • November 12, 1935 - December 29, 2017
  • San Antonio, Texas

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Mr. Luis Angel Uribe of San Antonio and Laredo, Texas died December 29, 2017 from complications of heart disease. He was 82 years old.
Mr. Uribe was born to Don Derly Uribe, a landowner and cattle rancher, and Dona Laurentina Martinez de Uribe on November 12, 1935 in Laredo, Texas. He was born into a family Zapata County landowners and ranchers whose ancestors, land grantees, founded San Ygnacio, Texas and earlier, Revilla (or Guerrero Viejo), Tamaulipas, arriving with the great colonizer Jose de Escandon in the mid-18th century. His ancestors Diego de Montemayor and Jose Diego de Temino also founded Monterrey and Guadalajara, Mexico, respectively. Further back in his family tree, other direct ancestors played a prominent role in many of the most significant historical events in Europe, such as the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, the signing of the Magna Carta in 1215, the Crusades, and the Reconquest of Spain. His natural modesty and self-effacing personality allowed him to wear it all lightly, always treating others with great respect and kindness. Robert E. Lee's definition of a gentleman provides a means by which to examine Mr. Urbe's way of life:
"The gentleman does not needlessly and unnecessarily reminds an offender of a wrong he may have committed against him. He can not only forgive, he can forget, and he strives for that nobility of self and mildness of character which impart sufficient strength to let the past be the past."
His eternal decency, kindness, humility, and generosity is the vast treasure upon which his family and loved ones will forever draw.
His fundamental love and kindness will be an inspiration to all that loved him, and most especially his immediate family. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Maria del Carmen Hinojosa de Uribe; his sons Professor Alfonso Uribe, archivist Eduardo Uribe, and Commander Juan C. Uribe (USN) and his wife, Darcy Uribe. He is also survived by his beloved grandson Luis Alan Uribe, brothers Jorge (Irma) Uribe, Omar (Maria Luisa) Uribe; his sister Alma U. Perez and scores of nieces and nephews and their children.
Mr. Uribe served his county honorably in the US Air Force from 1957 to 1961, and afterword pursed his career as a computer programmer in the civil Service, first at Laredo Air Force Base and later at Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio.
In addition to his great love of Mariachi and classical music, Mr. Uribe vastly enjoyed his travels throughout the United States, Mexico, and Europe, and was intensely interested in both foreign and domestic affairs. But he will be forever remembered for his easy smile, his limitless kindness, and his devotion to his family, all of whom are forever grateful for the beautiful example he provided for all through his noble words and deeds.
Mr. Uribe's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of the VA Audie Murphy Hospital, and the Northeast Baptist Hospital Intensive Care Unit, as well as the scores of well-wishers and relatives that visited or called.
A bit of a verse by Amado Nervo, Mr. Uribe's favorite poet, perfectly encapsulates his life:
"Ame, fui amado
El sol acaricio mi faz
Vida, nada me debes
Vida, estamos en paz!
Services are pending. Honorary pallbearers will be Alfonso F. Uribe, Eduardo F. Uribe, Juan Carlos Uribe, Jorge Uribe, Omar Uribe, Noe E. Hinojosa, and Robert Chevez.
A Memorial Mass will be held on Friday, February 23, 2018 at 10am at St. Pius Catholic Church with interment to follow at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.