Evaristo Barraza

October 4, 1947 - July 18, 2023
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Evaristo Barraza
October 4, 1947- July 18, 2023

Evaristo Barraza (75), beloved father, partner, grandfather, brother and friend, passed away on Tuesday, July 18, 2023 peacefully in his home surrounded by his two daughters, his longtime partner, and his little sister. Evaristo, or ‘Tito’, as he was called by his family and close friends was, preceded in death by his mother, Maria Teresa Ramon, and father, Oswaldo Ramon, Rosa Ramon (sister), Oscar Ramon (brother), Ruben Vela (nephew). He is survived in death by his longtime partner and wife, Mirtha Yolanda Ortiz; his two beloved daughters Anali (Ruben) Vargas and Cristina (Jerry) Alva; his siblings Lilia Vela, G. Oswaldo Ramon, and Humberto ‘Beto’ Ramon; his grandchildren Karina, Alina, Christian (Vargas) and Gerardo, Daniel, Ariana and Gianna (Alva) who loved and adored their grandpa; and Lori Vela Parker (niece), Oswaldo ‘Wally’ Ramon (nephew), Victor Ramon (nephew), Humberto ‘Betito’ Ramon (nephew), Erika Ramon (niece) and Oswaldo F. Ramon (nephew).

Evaristo loved his Country immensely. While men were being drafted to fight in the Vietnam War, Evaristo chose to volunteer to serve our Country at an age where parental consent was still required, the young age of 17. Evaristo voluntarily served two tours in Vietnam first as a Paratrooper in the 101 st Airborne Division and then as a Medical Specialist on the front line. He was honorably discharged in 1972 receiving the Parachute Badge, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Combat Medical Badge, Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Purple Heart and a Bronze Star given for heroism.

Upon returning from serving our Country Evaristo began his small family with his then wife, Minerva. His two daughters, Anali and Cristina, were his entire world up until the last breath he took with them there by his side. Evaristo had an insatiable thirst to learn. He had a passion for science, U.S. history, art and of course, music. Only those closest to him knew he was an avid painter. He said he would share his soul through his paintings. Evaristo always wanted to give back to his community but more importantly to young minds. He was a teacher for 30 years and was loved by his students. In his spare time, he painted, played golf, competed in local billiard competitions for which he won many trophies, and more often than not, Evaristo sat with his guitar and sang. He spent a good portion of his young adult life as a civil rights activist fighting for the rights of minorities and people he felt were underrepresented. Evaristo was a man of his word. He was noble, brave, and honorable. Evaristo is greatly loved and will be forever missed.

Please join his family in honoring the life of Evaristo on Tuesday, July 25, 2023, from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services located at 1320 Trey Drive, Laredo, Texas 78041.

*Military Honors begin at 5:30 p.m.*

*Pastor Oscar Sacriste and Pastor Gilberto Salinas will share a few words from 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.*

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Date: Tuesday, July 25, 2023

Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services


1320 Trey Dr.
Laredo, Texas 78041


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Born: October 4, 1947
Died: July 18, 2023

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Alberto Gamez posted on 7/28/23

Estimado camarada de toda mi vida. Compadre Best Man of my Wedding; business partner, my gang growing up known as Mano de Piedra, El Mazo and Airborne Paratrooper my hero. My condolences to his family, Lilia Waldo, Hilda, Ricky. May you Rest in Pease Eva... see you soon, Beto Gamez


Judith Sweatt posted on 7/28/23

In memory of Evaristo Barraza, Judith Sweatt lit a candle


Patricia Hops0n Kahn posted on 7/27/23

A sad farewell to my classmate and friend. Condolences to his family and friends. RIP, Evaristo....


Marie Lupear posted on 7/27/23

My sincere condolences to Beto, Lilia and all his family. May Evaristo Rest in Eternal Peace ??️


Guillermo Medrano posted on 7/26/23

My deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Barrasa he was a terrigic teacher.


Guillermo Medrano posted on 7/26/23

In memory of Evaristo Barraza, Guillermo Medrano lit a candle


Laura O. Maldonado posted on 7/25/23

May the Merciful Lord bless and comfort the Barraza family on the loss of Mr. Barraza. Please accept my sincere condolences. He was a fellow teacher at Christen Middle School.


Laura Y Fernando Lomeli posted on 7/25/23

Nuestro más sentido pésame a Sr. Mirtha Barraza y familia


Mary Hinojosa posted on 7/25/23

Mr. Barraza was a true gentleman who always had a smile. He was a colleague at L. J. Christen Middle and will be honored along with all of our departed staff and teachers during our Friends Remembering Friends Ceremony in November. My most heartfelt condolences to his beloved family. ? Sincerely, Mary Hinojosa


Lizette Lozano posted on 7/25/23

My most sincerest condolences, I worked with Mr Barraza for many years at Christen. He was always a gentleman and very courteous, so very sorry for your loss. May he rest in Peace


María E Reyna posted on 7/25/23

Mi querida Mirtha, con el corazón y pensamiento ♥️ acompañándote en tu dolor, descanse en pZ el buen Evaristo y que brille para el la luz perpetua y yo orare para que pronto la pueda alcanzar, amen ?!


María E Reyna posted on 7/25/23

In memory of Evaristo Barraza, María E Reyna lit a candle


Adolfo Gonzalez posted on 7/24/23

My heart felt condolences and prayers to family and friends. Friend since high school and after high school where we worked as activists for helping minorities in Texas. He became a teacher and lost contact with him until I met his older daughter Anali where she started working with me. Saw Evaristo from time to time and attended Anali’s wedding . Came across Evaristo before the pandemic at restaurant and chatted for over 15 minutes. Great comadre great friend who had a fair knowledge of everything. Will greatly be missed.


Linda Coulter posted on 7/23/23

My deepest condolences to the family of Evaristo Barraza. I remember when I first met Tito I was around 10 year’s old. He looked so proud wearing his uniform. He was getting ready to go on his second tour to Vietnam. He was always very jolly, loved to sing and paint. He gave me a painting of a raccoon. I still have it to this day. I will always remember him very. He is always in our hearts. Love you Tito Linda Coulter


Araceli Martinez York posted on 7/22/23

My Heartfelt condolences to the family of Mr. Evaristo Barraza. Prayers for Mr. Barraza and his family during this difficult time of sorrow. May Perpetual light shine upon him. Rest In Peace Mr. Barraza. I worked with Mr. Barraza at Christen Middle School. Very nice and respectful man. ???


Joy Leyendecker Heller posted on 7/22/23

May Evaristo rest in God’s presence. May God comfort his family, especially his children. My most sincere condolences and prayers go out to all who love him.


Elva Leyendecker posted on 7/22/23

In memory of Evaristo Barraza, Elva Leyendecker lit a candle


Elva Leyendecker posted on 7/22/23

My most sincere condolences Anali, Cristina, Minerva, Lilia, his companion and the entire family. May you feel Gods warm embrace during this difficult time. 2 Timothy 4:7-8 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.


Brian Saenz posted on 7/22/23

Words can't express how sorry I am for what you're going through.


Yolanda Benavides family posted on 7/22/23

My deepest Condolences to Mr Evaristo Barraza family