Crespin Soto

January 1, 1970 - June 28, 2014
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Crespin C. Soto, 91, a devout and faithful Catholic was called upon by our Lord on the Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, June 27, 2014.

Crespin served God, family, and country with loyalty and pride.  Mr. Soto also served our country for four years and was a WWII Infantry Veteran.  He fought in Normandy, France and he was a recipient of the Purple Heart Medal, American Theater Medal, European-African Eastern Theater Medal, Infantry Badge, with One Bronze Service Star, Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal, American Service Defense Medal and received other accolades.

Mr. Soto was a proud U.S. Army Veteran who loved and served our country honorably.  Furthermore, Mr. Soto was a loyal usher at Christ the King Catholic Church for 60 strong years.  He was also a faithful member of the Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima and fulfilled his First Saturday devotion for decades.  Mr. Soto also lived his Cursillo de Cristiandad.  The family is ever grateful to his loyal caregivers: Magda Soto, Beatriz Quiroga and Cindy Cantu.

He is preceded in death by his parents Jesus Soto and Juanita Chavez, by his loving wife of 62 years of marriage, Ofilia Salinas Soto.  He is also preceded in death by his siblings: Macario, Mateo, Julia, Guadalupe, Maria Felicitas and Petra.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving children: Hector (Yolanda) Soto, Deacon Crispin Soto, Jr. (Dolores), Elsa Garcia and Edna (Francisco) Villarreal, 16 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and 17 great great-grandchildren, other relatives and numerous friends.

The family will be received relatives and friends Sunday, June 29, 2014, at Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services from 5:00pm to 9:00pm where a rosary was recited at 7:00 pm.   Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 30, 2014, at Christ the King Catholic Church.  Funeral mass will be celebrated at 9:00 am.  Interment will then follow to the Calvary Catholic Cemetery.  Full military honors will be provided by The American Legion Post 59.  Pallbearers will be: Andy Donovan, Omar Donovan, Francisco Villarreal, Jr., Lizzy Garcia, Pablo Flores and Chris Lozano.  Honorary pallbearers will be: Yvonne Soto, Wanda Lozano, Andy Donovan, Jr., Jonathan Virjan, Joshua Flores, Georgie Veliz, Jr., Rolie Hernandez, Jr., Alex Soto and Tommy Lozano.

Funeral arrangements are by Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services, 1320 Trey Dr. Laredo, Texas 78041 (956)723-3611.


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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Sunday, June 29, 2014

Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services


1320 Trey Dr.
Laredo, Texas 78041

Rosary at 7:00 pm

Service Information

Date: Monday, June 30, 2014

Time: 9:00 am

Christ the King Catholic Church


1105 Tilden
Laredo, Texas 78040

Funeral Mass at 9:00 am

Cemetery Information

Date: Monday, June 30, 2014

Calvary Catholic Cemetery


3600 McPherson Ave.
Laredo, Texas 78041


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Born: January 1, 1970
Died: June 28, 2014

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Veronica Santos posted on 6/30/14

Our deepest condolences to the Soto Family on the loss of your wonderful father, may God send you comfort and peace. The Santos Family.


Veronica Santos posted on 6/30/14

My dearest Soto Family, My deepest condolences, my heart and prayers are with you at this time of grief. I will always remember your father as a very wonderful person, with a kind heart. May he rest in peace, and may God comfort you. With much love and respect, I remain yours truly, Veronica Santos and family


Maria Trevino and Clara Salinas posted on 6/30/14

We send our heart felt condolences to the Soto family From: Maria Trevino and Clara Salinas


Rubén Vicente Garza posted on 6/30/14

My Dearest Deacon, Mrs. Soto, Chris, Pat, Margaret, & the entire Soto family, PEACE OF OUR RISEN LORD BE WITH YOU NOW. Grampy for me is a SAINT! By saint, I'm referring to those persons who are before the Presence of God the Almighty. Grampy not only was a WWII veteran but more importantly a MAN OF FAITH. His faith in God and faithfulness to Mother Church is impressive in these times especially. Now, most of our generation places great value in things that will not last. Grampy believed in those things that shall not pass away...he put his trust in GOD and sought to find his way to Heaven. Besides being a patient and loving husband to his beloved wife, Mrs. Soto, he was also a gentle father and grandfather. He was even a grandfather to me. As of today, I now have 3 grandfathers with God. Grampy lived a very long and blessed life. I pray to be half the man he was when here on earth. I apologize for not being able to be you physically during this time, but know that I pray for the repose of his blessed soul and for you to remain united and in peace during this time of great mourning. Also, please remember this LES ACOMPAÑO EN SU PESAR y LES MANDO MI MÁS SINCERO PÉSAME. At 7:30 am, today, Monday, June 30th, Feast of the First Martyrs of Rome, at our parish, St. Mary Magdalen Church, in SA, TX, with my community, the Brothers of the Beloved Disciple, the Holy Mass will be offered for the repose of the soul of our beloved Grampy and also for peace, forgiveness, and love to reign in the entire Soto Family. Dale Señor el descanso eterno... Y brille para él la Luz Perpetua. Descanse en Paz... Así sea. (3X) I love Grampy and each one of you. My hugs and kisses to you all. ¡¡¡VIVA CRISTO REY!!! ¡¡¡VIVA CRISTO REY!!! ¡¡¡VIVA CRISTO REY!!! ¡¡¡VIVA SU SACRATÍSMO CORAZÓN!!! ¡¡¡VIVA LA SIEMPRE VIRGEN MARÍA DE GUADALUPE, SU MADRE Y LA NUESTRA!!! ¡¡¡VIVA SAN JOSÉ!!! ¡¡¡VIVA NUESTRA MADRE, LA SANTA IGLESIA CATÓLICA!!! ¡¡¡VIVA EL PAPA FRANCÍSCO!!! ¡¡¡VIVA GRAMPY!!! ¡¡¡VIVAN GRAMPY Y GRAMMY!!! ¡¡¡QUÉ VIVAN!!! Love always, In Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, Rubén Vicente Garza ~ Soto


Jose & Sandra Benavidez posted on 6/30/14

We extend our sincere and heartfelt condolences. Mr. Soto was an icon at Christ the King Church, and his presence and contributions to the church will be warmly remembered. We are sure that he is "ringing the bell" in heaven!