Alonzo Z. Laurel, Jr.

June 11, 1948 - September 13, 2022
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Alonzo Zaragoza Laurel, Jr., 74, was called to be with our Lord on September 13, 2022. He passed away at home. He will be sadly missed. Alonzo worked as an attorney in Laredo for over thirty years. He will be remembered as a beloved brother, uncle and devoted friend.

Alonzo was a graduate of St. Joseph’s Academy (1966) in Laredo, Texas and continued his education to receive a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Texas at Austin in 1970 and a Juris Doctorate from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas in 1975.

Alonzo was a member of several law organizations. He attended many law conferences, always increasing his knowledge of the practice of law. Alonzo began his law practice in Laredo, Texas working with the District Attorney’s office. Afterwards, he worked several years with Hall and Zaffirini, attorneys. He later joined local attorney George Juarez, sharing office space. Alonzo had his law practice there for several years before retiring in 2006. Alonzo was a voracious reader. He loved reading anything historical or autobiographical.

Alonzo joined the Army Reserves and spent some time in Germany. In 1997, along with his siblings, all graduates of the university, established The Alonzo Z. Laurel and Esther G. Laurel Endowed Presidential Scholarship at the University of Texas at Austin. The scholarship supports future pharmacists from South Texas in their pursuit of higher education.

Weekends always found Alonzo watching sports football games, especially during college season. Alonzo loved watching the University of Texas Longhorns. He always hoped for a winning season. Alonzo loved watching other professional sports teams. His favorites were the LA Dodgers and the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers.

Alonzo, with his siblings, was part-owner of the Rancho Don Alonzo, Alonzo Z. Laurel, Ltd., in Oilton, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alonzo Z. Laurel and Esther Garcia Laurel; sister, Diana Maria Laurel; and brother-in-law Dr. Richard (Dick) Dale Swope.

Alonzo is survived by his sisters Sylvia (Luis) Vela of Laredo, Texas; Yolanda Laurel Swope of Boerne, Texas; Anita (Joe) Ramirez of San Antonio, Texas; and Nora (Brian) Francis of Fenton, Michigan; brother Ricardo (Gaby) Laurel of Boerne, Texas; nieces and nephews, Luis Alonzo (Dawn) Vela of San Antonio, Texas; Sylvia Yvette Vela of Laredo, Texas; Debbie (Eric) Wiesner of Montrose, Colorado; Sandra (Lucas) Reyna of San Antonio,Texas; David Peter Francis and Elizabeth Laurel Francis of Fenton, Michigan; and great-nephew Eric Caudle Jr. of Laredo, Texas; great-niece London Vela of San Antonio, Texas; great-nephew Rome Reyna of San Antonio, Texas; and numerous cousins and friends.

The family wishes to thank all his wonderful friends for their friendship and support throughout the years. A special thank you to his caregiver and friend Laura Turner.

Flowers or donations to local animal shelters may be made in the name of Alonzo Z. Laurel Jr. would be welcome. Alonzo fed and took care of many stray cats that showed up at his doorstep. They always patiently waited for Alonzo to appear at his doorway with a can of food.

Visitation at Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services, 1320 Trey Dr., Laredo, Texas 78041 will be held from 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM on Thursday, October 6, 2022.  A Funeral mass will be held at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 555 E. Del Mar Blvd., Laredo, Texas 78041 at 10:00 AM. Inurnment will follow 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

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Visitation Information

Date: Thursday, October 6, 2022

Time: 8:30 am - 9:30 am

Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services


1320 Trey Dr.
Laredo, Texas 78041

Service Information

Date: Thursday, October 6, 2022

Time: 10:00 am

St. Patrick Catholic Church


555 Del Mar Blvd.
Laredo, Texas 78041

Cemetery Information

Date: Thursday, October 6, 2022

Calvary Catholic Cemetery


3600 McPherson Ave.
Laredo, Texas 78041


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Born: June 11, 1948
Died: September 13, 2022

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Kell Austin posted on 3/27/24

A dear old friend. So sad that we lost touch. I’m certain that you are in heaven.


amycantu posted on 10/26/22

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Alfredo Gutierrez (Freddy) posted on 10/4/22

Our deepest condolences from Mr. & MRS. A LFREDO R. GUTIERREZ JR.


Fernando Sanchez posted on 10/4/22

Big Al, our dear friend, we will truly miss you. You were such a good friend. We will all look back fondly on all the lunches, happy hours and CFB watch parties we had in years past; your sharp wit, and all the jokes and ribbing on our respective teams and seasons. It is ironic you left us at the beginning of another season; for once, for you, I will pull for Texas. Till we meet again my good friend.


Debra & Bill De Laya posted on 10/2/22

Will miss you Primo. A jewel of a man. Always so kind and such a gentleman. Prayers for all the Laurel family?


Ana Laura Turner posted on 10/2/22

I was told of his passing on Tuesday. I was on my way to take him some home made brownies like I had promised. I had just seen Alonzo the week prior and was waiting for his call to tell me of his appointment with Frank for a hair cut. That call never came. Alonzo was a funny guy once you got to know him. He loved everything football and lunch with " the guys" especially if it wasn't his turn to pay. Mr. Guevara was always kind enough to pick him up for lunch on Mondays and early evenings on Fridays. Mr. Laurel took care of many stray cats that we named Garfield, Oreo, Tigger, Panther, Smokey, Bandit, little Oreo, Bully, and Don Bigote but his favorite was the one he named Blue. Please help Alonzo continue caring for strays by making a donation to any animal shelter or adopting a cat. I know he would have loved that. My most heartfelt condolences to Sylvia and family, Yolanda and family, Ricardo and family, Anita and family and last but not least dear Norita and family. May Alonzo rest in peace and perpetual light be given on to him. My love and prayers to Alonzo's family and dearest friends ? ❤️ Ana Laura Prince Turner and Chris Turner


Annie Serna posted on 10/2/22

Alonzo was always a gentleman. Hard to find qualities in a person in this day and age. He was soft spoken yet he was able to get his point across without raising his voice. A smile which brighten up any area where he was found in…such a gentle soul. My condolences to Alonzo’s family, the Laurel family, friends and colleagues. May Alonzo rest in peace and may perpetual light shine upon him.


Robert Mazzoni posted on 10/2/22

I am so saddened by the death of Alonzo who was my dear Friend and former law school roommate. I have some wonderful memories of our younger times together in San Antonio. I want to express my heart felt condolences especially to Yolanda and all the loving members of his Family. God Bless.


Attorney Anthony & Carmen De La Vina posted on 9/26/22

Our deepest sympathies to the family of Alonzo. May he rest in peace.


Glen S. Jackson posted on 9/26/22

A loyal friend to many who will miss you the most... rest now Alonzo


Luis M. Villarreal (Louie) posted on 9/25/22

My condolences to the Laurel family. Alonzo and I graduated from St. Joe’s in 1966. He was my attorney in a case in 1975. He was a good person. Although we went our separate ways, I have fond memories of him. May you RIP my friend. We’ll meet again!


Olivia S. Bravo and Family posted on 9/22/22

Our deepest condolences to all the Laurel family for your loss. We admired and respected Alonzo,a true gentleman. May God bless and comfort you. RIP


Arabella G. Garcia posted on 9/21/22

May God comfort your family.