Ricardo Mata, Sr., age 74, peacefully entered into eternal rest on Friday, January 31, 2020 in Laredo, Texas, surrounded by his loving family and friends.
Ricardo Mata was born to Melquiades Mata and Maria de Consuelo Herrera on the 4th of April, 1945. He married Beatriz Lucio Mata on February 14, 1976 and became proud parents to five beautiful children. Ricardo Mata was a devoted father who enjoyed carne asada feasts with family and friends on weekends and holidays at home. He took pleasure taking his family to the estados de Guanajuato y Michoacán to visit notable landmarks and the beautiful sites of Mexico.
Ricardo was a very intelligent, respectful, and distinguished gentleman renown throughout the city of Laredo for his services as a Master Electrician. He managed his own successful business under Mata Electric Company for over 40 years. In his early life, Ricardo took delight fishing the waters of Lake Casa Blanca and Falcon Lake, and playing billiards with his friends. Aside for the love of his family, and pride for his work, he will also be remembered for his entertaining stories of his pastime. He had a memory like an elephant highlighting experiences in vivid detail to the very year, day, and time of any occasion. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers: Saul and Miguel Mata; and sisters: Virginia Martinez, and Margarita Mata.
Left to cherish his memory are: his beloved wife: Beatriz Lucio Mata; his children: Ricardo Mata Jr. (Adriana Mata), Elizabeth Hernández (Ivar Garza), Jacqueline Rodríguez (Guillermo Rodríguez Jr.), Roberto Carlos Mata (Fedra Mata), and Luis Alberto Mata (Erika Sánchez); his siblings: Teresa Cardenas, Ofelia Moncada, Javier Mata, and Jose Luis Mata; his many grandchildren: Audrina, Rico, and Ariana Mata, Amy, Alex, and Amber Hernandez, Kylie and Kody Garza, Lindsy, Kristelle, Diego, and David Rodriguez, and Priscella and Ronaldo Mata; and his great-granddaughter: Amelia Nicole Mireles.
The family will be receiving condolences on Thursday evening, February 06, 2020 from 4 to 9 p.m. at Joe Jackson North Funeral Chapels & Cremation Services, 1410 Jacaman Rd.; where a Vigil for the Deceased and Rosary will commence at 7 p.m.
Funeral Procession will be conducted on Friday morning, February 07, 2020 at 10 a.m. from Joe Jackson North Funeral Chapels to San Martin de Porres Catholic Church where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m.
Pallbearers will be: Ricardo Mata Jr., Roberto Carlos Mata, Ivar Garza, Alex Hernández, Chris De La Cruz, José Luis Mata, Cesar Peña, and Rocky Avila.
Honorary Pallbearers will be: Luis Alberto Mata and Guillermo Rodríguez, Jr.
Funeral Services will conclude after Mass. Private Cremation Services will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to an organization near and dear to his heart: the Laredo Animal Protective Society, 2500 Gonzalez St., Laredo, Texas 78040. Ricardo had a fondness for animals and especially loved dogs.
You may express your condolences, share your favorite memories, and sign the guestbook online at: www.joejacksonfuneralchapels.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care and direction of the funeral service professionals at Joe Jackson North Funeral Chapel & Cremation Services, 1410 Jacaman Road, Laredo, Texas 78041; (956)722-8850.
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