Francisco Jose Ramirez March 6, 1952 – October 21, 2023
It is with great sadness and broken hearts that we notify our friends and family of the passing of our beloved husband, brother, father, grandfather, and friend.
Francisco, or Pancho as he was known to many, was born March 6, 1952, in Laredo, Texas. He was a product of LISD Buenos Aires Elem., Lamar Jr. High, and Nixon HS, graduating with the class of 1970. During his high school years, Pancho was an outstanding, multisport athlete. Pancho played football and was one of the 1969 Tri-captains. He earned All District Linebacker during his junior and senior years. Pancho also played baseball and was captain of the 1970 Mustangs team and selected All District Catcher his junior and senior years. After graduating from high school, Pancho attended St. Edwards University where he played baseball and earned a BS degree in Sociology/Social Work in 1974. Pancho spent the next 43 years working in Geriatrics, Genetics, and Behavioral Health, helping everyone he could, and always willing to go the extra mile. Before his retirement he spent 11 years volunteering with the Border Olympics where he received an award for his time, dedication, and commitment as a volunteer. After his retirement, he served on the Gateway Community Health Clinic board, a position he enjoyed and was very proud of.
During his spare time, Pancho enjoyed hunting with his brothers-in-law, son-in-law, and grandkids at Rancho Colorado, traveling with his wife and barbecuing for his family. Pancho was also a big sports enthusiast and enjoyed watching all sports. His true passion, however, was spending time with his 3 grandchildren, supporting them at all their school and sporting events, always instilling in them the same work ethic that was instilled in him.
He is preceded in death by his son Eric Michael, parents Enrique and Virginia Ramirez, brothers Enrique Ramirez, Jr. and Juan Antonio Ramirez, nephew John Phillip Ramirez, and many other relatives and friends. Pancho is also preceded in death by his in laws Jorge and Olga Haynes whom he loved dearly.
Pancho is survived by his wife of 52 years Cynthia Haynes Ramirez, daughter Kristina (Ismael) Cavazos, grandchildren Alexa Lorraine, Ismael Jr., and Carlos Isaac; siblings David (Amelie) Ramirez, Rick (Jamie) Ramirez, Elsa (Dave) Fowler and sister-in-law Sanjuanita Cantu; brothers-in-law Jorge Haynes, Roberto (Laura) Haynes, JJ (Minnie Dora) Haynes, Lorenzo (Andi) Haynes and his many nieces & nephews who were such an important part of his life.
Pancho was our warrior and hero, fighting his battle against ALS until his last day here on earth.
A sincere thanks to Altus Hospice Care, Nurses Jerry, Erica, Carlos, and Vicky; CNA’s Griselda, Tere, Blanca, Lupita, Crystal and special caregivers Raquel and Rosie; and for his spiritual guides Chaplain Alberto Brizuela, Father Wojciech and Sister Rosemary. We will forever be grateful for all the care, comfort, support, prayers, and time spent with Pancho.
PALLBEARERS will be Ismael Cavazos Sr, Ismael Cavazos Jr, Carlos I. Cavazos, Rick Ramirez, Marco Ramirez, Jorge Ramirez, Ben Haynes, and Dave Fowler.
Honorary pallbearers are those classmates and friends who played Little League, Senior League, Jr. High football, High school football and baseball with Pancho. Thank you for a lifetime of friendships and memories!
Services are under the direction of Fred Dickey Funeral Home
Monday 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm Visitation
Rosary 6:30 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am Mass at Blessed Sacrament Church
Date: Monday, October 30, 2023
Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Rosary 7:00 pm
Date: Tuesday, October 31, 2023
Time: 11:00 am
Date: Tuesday, October 31, 2023