Manuel Rodriguez
Manuel Rodriguez
  • September 8, 1951 - July 19, 2017
  • Houston, Texas

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Manuel Rodriguez, Jr. 65, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, July 19, 2017. He was born in Houston, Texas on September 08,1951 to Manuel Rodriguez, Sr. and Maria Silva Rodriguez. He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Virginia Rodriguez and their four children and their spouses, Regina and Raul Cantu, Anthony and Melissa Rodriguez, Angelina and Lupe Perez, Andrea and Marcellos Seale. He is also survived by his siblings and their spouses; Victor and Patricia Rodriguez, Martha and Joe Moravek, Hilda Sabillon, and Linda Lopez. He also leaves behind his 7 cherished grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Manuel Rodríguez, Jr. graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School in 1970 after attending both Franklin Elementary and McReynolds Middle schools. A lifelong public servant, he served in the U.S.Air Force, worked as a community-relations specialist in the City of Houston, and was the founder of the MAARVA Corp., which provides assistance in education, housing, and community involvement. Manuel Rodriguez, Jr. was elected to the Houston Independent School District Board of Education in 2003 and held every office, including assistant secretary, second vice president, first vice president, and in 2016, president.

On Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, visitation will begin at 5pm with testimonials at 6pm and a rosary at 8pm at Crespo Funeral Home-Broadway, 4136 Broadway St., Houston, TX 77087. The funeral service will be held on Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, at 10am at St. Christopher's Catholic Church, 8150 Park Place Blvd., Houston, TX 77017 with procession immediately following the mass to the Houston National Cemetery for a committal service at 12:30 - 1pm at 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston, TX, 77038.

Manuel Rodriguez, Jr.'s legacy lives on not only in our communities and schools, but also in the lives of others that were touched by his never-ending generosity as an organ donor. We as a family are following his example and ask that you consider doing the same by offering such a precious gift of continued life.

In lieu of flowers, a scholarship fund has been established and at the request of the family please contribute to the Manuel Rodriguez, Jr. S.T.E.A.M. on to Lead and Inspire Memorial Scholarship Fund. For further information, send inquiries to his eldest daughter, Regina Cantu at

Arrangements under the direction of Crespo Funeral Home - Broadway, HOUSTON, TX.