Mauricio Cantu

October 18, 1948 - February 24, 2022
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Mr. Mauricio Cantu went to be with our Lord on Thursday, February 24, 2022. He started his productive and future life on October 18, 1948.

He proudly served his country in the United States Army and was activated for a tour of duty during the Persian Gulf War.  He was part of the National Guard Air Squad for 30 years. He was a kind and caring grandfather, father and brother. His life centered around his family.

He was a fun loving and avid golfer and fisherman. And he traveled with his fishing club to Montana and Costa Rica on a regular basis. He was an ardent supporter of the Border Olympics High School Golf Program. He always lent a helping hand.

He graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Laredo and spent two years at Clarendon College on a basketball scholarship. He then forged his life in the Texas Department of Public Safety and retired after 35 years. He then started Cantu Logistics Consulting Firm where he was successful until the Lord called him.  Physically, he was an imposing presence and only his heart was bigger.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Pedro Cantu, Sr. and Guadalupe Freed Cantu in addition to his siblings Pedro Cantu, Jr., Sylvia E. Garcia and Maria Imelda Cantu. He was also preceded in death at a young age by Crystal Lorraine Cantu, the mother of his two daughters.

Left to sadness but yet to cherish his memory is his wife of 12 years, Martha Elena Cantu; children, Alicia Cantu and Elena Michelle (Ryan) Martin; stepdaughter, Martha Michelle Gallegos; brothers, Carlos (Yolanda) Cantu and Dr. Dennis (Lisa) Cantu; grandchildren, Addison Kyle Cantu and Lorraine Mauricia Martin.

As per family face masks are required and be worn at all times.

The family will be receiving guests on Tuesday, March 1, 2022, at Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. A Holy Rosary will be officiated at 7:00 pm. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 2, 2022, at San Martin de Porres Catholic Church. The Funeral Mass will begin at 10:00 am. Interment will follow with Military Honors provided by the American Legion Post 59 and presentation of the U.S. flag will be provided by the U.S. Army at the Veteran’s Section of the Laredo City Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Ryan Martin, Shatul Muchhala, Neal Hill, Rick Cantu, Carlos Cantu, Gabe Goldaracena, William Palumbo, Jose Joey Gámez, Alex Cañedo, and Alejandro Rangel, Jr. Honorary Pallbearers are Dr. Dennis D. Cantú, Carlos Cantu, and Andres Santos.

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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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Tuesday, March 1, 2022

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: Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Time: 10:00 am

San Martin de Porres Catholic Church


1704 N. Sandman
Laredo, Texas 78041

Cemetery Information

Date: Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Time: 10:45 am

City Cemetery


3200 N Meadow Ave
Laredo, Texas 78040


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Timeline for Mauricio Cantu

Born: October 18, 1948
August 31, 2021
Olympic Party 2021
Olympic Party 2021
February 4, 2022
Pastor Mike Barrera
Died: February 24, 2022

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Our sincere condolences.

The staff of Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services.


Velma Vergara-Esqueda posted on 3/5/22

I am so sorry to hear this. I did not know who r what happened. Carlos left me a message with no details. My heart aches and dad over this. So young. Our prayers are with u!!


CARMEN MOGUEL posted on 3/3/22

May all his family find comfort in the Lord we are honor to have met Mauricio in our work . He was a Blessing to our company he will be miss and remember as a happy and kind Person


Cynthia Duffield posted on 3/1/22

My deepest sympathy to his family. May he rest in peace. He was a great co-worker at DPS.


Sandra Parral posted on 3/1/22

On behalf of JMJ Express Carriers, LLC we want to offer our most heartfelt condolences you will be very missed by our staff. May you rest in heaven!! Mr. Cantu thank you for being such a kind person it was a pleasure to have known and worked with you. Our most sincere condolences to his family!! God bless them and may they find comfort and strength during this difficult time.


Regina's flower shop posted on 3/1/22

In memory of Mauricio Cantu, Regina's flower shop lit a candle


Federico y Ricardo Rangel posted on 2/28/22

In memory of Mauricio Cantu, Federico y Ricardo Rangel lit a candle


Federico y Ricardo Rangel posted on 2/28/22

He was great to be around full of knowledge and excitement. Stay in peace as you were in life; enjoy your new journey!


Richard and Melissa Chellemi posted on 2/28/22

In memory of Mauricio Cantu, Richard and Melissa Chellemi lit a candle


Richard and Melissa Chellemi posted on 2/28/22

Mauricio fished with our charter boat the Gamefisher II in Costa Rica. He was a great man, and fisherman. We remember him fondly and send our sympathy to his family and friends.


MAYOLO TOLEDO GIL posted on 2/28/22

Que puedo decir siempre será mi mejor amigo, lo he querido como un padre


MAYOLO TOLEDO GIL posted on 2/28/22

Te voy a extrañar PADRE


Rudy Escobar posted on 2/28/22

My condolences to the family. Red was a great friend and will be missed. Had the pleasure of meeting Red during the old License and Weight days. Rest in Peace my friend.


Carlos and Aida Martinez posted on 2/28/22

We offer our deepest condolences to Marti and the entire family. May God bless him and keep him alive in your hearts forever.


Juan B Ortiz posted on 2/28/22

Our sincere condolences to the Cantu family. Sonia Ortiz and Juan Ortiz


Jorge Gutiérrez posted on 2/27/22

Mis mas siceras condolencias para la familia cantu Mauricio cantu fue quien también me recomiendo a abrir mi negocio de gtzdotservices Mil gracias Mauricio ????? Dios te tenga en su reino y mil gracias por siempre ser mi amigo y mi maestro Rip???????


Ty Templeton posted on 2/27/22

Mauricio always had my respect. We met in business and quickly became friends. I always trusted what he told me and was honored to be his friend. Through business and fun together, I am thankful for the time I shared with him and will miss him very much. Great guy, great memories. God bless you Mauricio.


Juan Gonzalez (J J) posted on 2/27/22

It was a great Honor to have met Mr.Cantu at JIT Transport Rest In Peace Brother.


Melissa Jones Hendrickson posted on 2/27/22

Just wanted to express my condolences to Red’s family & friends… my father Tom Jones worked very closely with him when they were troopers at DPSOA.. I knew his daughter’s Alicia & Elena & we would all play together a lot when we were little. Red was a good man & will be missed by all who knew him ?


Poncho Ruiz posted on 2/27/22

Rest In Peace my friend


Luz Gonzalez posted on 2/27/22

With heartfelt condolences to the Cantu family. Mr. Cantu was the greatest mentor for so many years. He will be greatly missed. RIP Mr. Cantu.


Ronald L Bair posted on 2/27/22

Mauricio was a highly intelligent and incisive resource for me in my law practice defending trucking companies in litigation and consulting with them on business practices. He was my friend and I could always count on his good humor and companionship. He will be greatly missed. May God Bless his family at this difficult time of loss.


Alfredo Gutierrez (Freddy) posted on 2/27/22

Our deepest condolences. May you be with God.


Lysa Hillestad posted on 2/26/22

Our deepest condolences to the family. Elena, Ryan, Loraine, our hearts and prayers are with you! Love you all Darrin and Lysa


09610 posted on 2/26/22

FromLeo Sanchez. Mr. Lieutenant Mauricio Cantu was a great man. Loving, caring, funny yet his demeanor demanded respect. Cantu will always carry a special place in our hearts. He is and will always be a greatly respected man. It was my pleasure having worked under and meeting Lt. Mauricio Cantu. God Speed.


Tom Mattern. Waco, Texas posted on 2/26/22

I had the privilege of knowing and working with "Red" for many years through DPS. He was a good friend and a better man! I am truly sorry for your loss and may our prayers and Gods love ease your sorrow. Tom Mattern


Dennis Riley posted on 2/26/22

A man’s man. One of a kind.


Rocio Velez posted on 2/25/22

RIP Mr. Cantu. He provide us DOT consulting services. He was a great mentor, he was always happy in the office. We are going to miss him a lot.


Bob Gorsky posted on 2/25/22

My friend "Red" was a great man and a great law enforcement officer. He did so very much for the State of Texas and the Texas DPSOA. He always had a smile on his face and while I haven't seen him in several years i will always remember him fondly. God Bless.


RAYMUNDO ZEPEDA posted on 2/25/22

Ray Zepeda/ Lisa Garcia and family, to the whole Cantu family and loved ones. Our Condolences Mr. Cantu was a great person to me and someone who was honestly direct when it came for helpful advice. The short time I got to know him every moment incuorage me to want to get go know more as a friend /family. He gain my respect, loyalty and friendship. I got to share a cup of coffee a day before the lord called him. Thank you Mr. M . Cantu for accepting as a friend. You are already missed. R.I.P ...


John Reed posted on 2/25/22

My most sincere condolences to the family."RED" was bigger than life! We played softball in the Police Olympics years ago and from that time on-we were buddies.I was stationed in THP-El Paso and he was around the Austin area until he went home to Laredo.DPS was good to both of us.I followed him into L&W also for nine years.I will miss you my friend.Keep the coffee pot warm and I will join you later on down the line.RIP brother.


Hector J. Hi posted on 2/25/22

Our deepest condolences to the family on the passing of our great dear friend Mauricio Cantu. Rest in peace.


Ken Ariola posted on 2/25/22

My partner, my friend, checked many a truck, went through many a door and drank many a beverage with him. I, my Wife, Children along with my Mother-in- law considered him part of our family. We will miss you brother.


Jim Lea posted on 2/25/22

Deepest condolences to the family. Worked with Red for many years through DPS and the Guard. A great friend and he will be greatly missed……RIP my friend…….