Alejandro E. Villarreal III
September 19, 1955 – January 21, 2021
In the early morning light before the break of dawn on January 21, Alejandro E. Villarreal, III was called home.
Alex, fondly known as, Lexy, was born on September 19, 1955 to Alejandro E. Villarreal Jr. and Frances Pena Villarreal, and was the oldest of six children.
Early on Alex had a strong commitment to work ethic and entrepreneurship which is credited to his father. As many will remember, Alex began shining shoes and selling Icee’s at the High Lite Men’s Wear. Alex went on to opening several businesses throughout the years.
Alex graduated from St. Mary’s University in 1975 with an accounting degree, and went on to pursue a law degree graduating from St. Mary’s School of Law in 1979.
Professionally, Alex was one of Laredo’s finest lawyers, and was a force to be reckoned with in court. Alex began his law career with Person Whitworth Borchers and Morales in 1980 and in 2019, he moved on to begin a new venture, Whitworth Cigarroa LLP, with Ross Blanco, his trusted paralegal, still at his side, helping him along the way.
Aside from his professional career, Alex looked for adventure whether it be taking a road trip to Baha, California, with his buddies to watch “The Race”, floating the river at Big Bend Natl Park, hunting, annual fishing trips “Chicken Legs” with his sons, his brothers and others who were privileged to be invited, to spend weekends at the coast telling tall tales.
In the later part of his life, Alex, along with his wife, Veronica, established Los Patios in 2004, and then added “The Barn” in 2017. At Los Patios, Alex, Veronica and his sons orchestrated events while providing comfort and compassion to those who attended.
Alex always gave selflessly of his time and will forever be remembered as the gracious host to all his family during the holidays. His sense of humor was no match for anyone who would find themselves on the butt end of his jokes.
In his personal life, Alex loved surrounding himself with his grandchildren. Whether it was riding bikes, blowing bubbles, dying Easter eggs or baking cookies and cupcakes, this is where his greatest joys were found. Alex immersed in a hobby was nothing out of the ordinary. He was a member of the Outsiders Car Club, acquiring several classic cars including a Chevy Hot Rod, a Corvette Stingray and two Rolls Royce. He was an amateur photographer, a collector of antique knives and coins, bee harvester, bird keeper and avid gardener. A jack of all trades who never stopped wanting to learn new things. Alex showed so much passion for animals, taking in every dog, bird, cat that came his way.
A son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and friend are the roles which fulfilled his life. His commitment to those who sought his help and the time he spent working was immeasurable. He was the glue that held everyone and everything together. He was loved by all and he was more than words can describe. Alex was a leader, truly a selflessly dedicated, courageous, and genuine soul. A man who never backed away from a challenge, and always wanted to create a positive atmosphere. Those who were fortunate enough to call him a friend will always remember time spent with Lex and will forever smile at the precious memories they shared.
Alex is preceded in death by his father Alejandro E. Villarreal Jr. and his brother-in-law Pedro J. Morales III.
Those left behind to cherish his memory are his mother, Frances Pena Villarreal, his wife of 20 years, Veronica Villarreal, the mother of his 3 sons, Laura E, Burge, his children, Alejandro Evaristo “Lex” (Patricia) Villarreal IV, Fernando F. (Angie) Villarreal, Javier Cecilio (Joanna) Villarreal, Ruben I. Lopez, Marco A. Lopez, Amanda (Jonathan) Brothers, Joey (Tawny) Lopez. His siblings, Enrique “Eddie” (Martha) Villarreal, Lizzy Villarreal, Dr. Marco (Melanie) Villarreal, Dr. Patricio “Pi” Villarreal, Ricardo (Belinda) Villarreal. His grandchildren, Alejandro Evaristo Villarreal V, Ariana I. Sandoval, Victoria Rose Villarreal, Alissandra Olivia Villarreal, Cecilio Javier Villarreal, Paola Jeanne Villarreal, and Hudson Louis Brothers. He is also survived by numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and extended family members. Also in mourning are his cat Misha, and little dog Desy, who were always by his side.
His family finds joy knowing he will be joining his beloved pet friends, Bird, Daisy Mae, and his best K9 pal, Buddy.
We love you, Dad. We miss you, Dad. You will be forever in our hearts.
Alex’s family will be receiving condolences on Monday, January 25, 2021 at Los Patios Laredo, 4653 Casa Blanca Road, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. A rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Wojciech Przystasz at 11:00am, on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church accompanied by vocalist Veronica Ramirez. All those wishing to attend the services are asked to meet at Blessed Sacrament Church Tuesday morning.
Interment to follow in the family plot, at the Calvary Catholic Cemetery
Funeral arrangements are by Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services, 1320 Trey Dr., Laredo, Texas 78041 (956) 723-3611. For your convenience, you may leave your condolences to the family online at www.freddickey.com
Date: Monday, January 25, 2021
Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Time: 11:00 am