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Jake Lara Rodriguez, Sr.,77

GALVESTON — Jake Lara Rodriguez, Sr., age 77, of Galveston passed away Thursday, May 1, 2014 at John Sealy Hospital in Galveston. Funeral Mass was Monday, May 5, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Grace Memorial Park in Hitchcock under the direction of Carnes Brothers Funeral Home of Galveston. The family received visitors at the funeral home Sunday where a rosary was recited at 6:30pm.

Jake was born August 8, 1936 in Galveston, Texas to Juan Rodriguez, Sr. and Isabel Lara Rodriguez. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving his country honorably. He was the longtime owner and operator of the famous El Jardin Restaurant in Galveston. Jake was a member of the Woodmen of the World, LULAC Council 151, Sacred Heart Men’s Club, American Legion Post 20, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 880, The Chamber of Commerce and a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He loved watching Boxing, tinkering with stuff in his garage, Barbecuing and socializing with his friends and customers at the restaurant. The love of his life was his grandchildren and great grandchildren and he truly loved spending time with them. Jake never met a stranger. He would always help those in need. He will be greatly missed by the people of Galveston who loved his food and friendship.

Preceded in death by his parents, Juan and Isabel Rodriguez, Ofelia Martinez, Manuela and John Rodriguez; grandmother, Fransica Torres, son, Peter B. Rodriguez; in laws, Manuel and Dolores Barrientos; survivors include his beloved wife of 53 years, Sofia B. Rodriguez; children, Jake L. Rodriguez, Jr. (Tracy), Patricia Jusaino (Arnold); daughter in law, Tasia Rodriguez; grandchildren, Kacie Jannasch (Kevin), Arnold P. Rodriguez (Esperanza –Hope), Stefanie L. Rodriguez, Marissa Jusaino; great grandchildren, Raquel, Samantha and Arnold, Jr.; sister, Janie Rodriguez of League City, brothers, Joe Rodriguez (Maria) of Colorado Springs, John Rodriguez (Linda) of Clear Lake, Robert Rodriguez (Angie) of Galveston, Richard Rodriguez of League City; numerous nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Jake Rodriguez, Jr., Arnold Rodriguez, Joe Rodriguez, Robert Rodriguez, John Rodriguez, Jason Rodriguez, Anthony Ramos and Arnold Jusaino. Honorary Pallbearers were Andrew Johnson, Joe Atterberry, Jaime Jaime, Miguel Aleman, Richard Garza, Richard Gonzales, Robert Diaz and Roy Treijo.

The family expresses their thanks to the Galveston EMS Paramedics, the Dr.’s, Nurses and staff of UTMB, for their heroic efforts and kind and compassionate care given to our loved one. We are truly grateful.

I doubt there has been a lawman/woman in Galveston in the last 20 years, or even longer, that didn't know Jake. Jake's El Jardin Restaurant was the gathering place for officers and deputies everyday either for breakfast, lunch or just a cup-a-java, and Jake would be a the 'big table' with them, swapping yarns and enjoying the comradery.
The entire Rodriguez family were, and still are, friends of law enforcement and they let it be known everyday. We will all miss Jake. The El Jardin won't be the same without him.
Farewell friend, we'll see you on the other side.
Posted by Breck Porter at 5/5/2014 11:40:52 AM

Posted by Gunner Torres at 5/5/2014 4:02:37 PM

Rest in Peace Popo Jake!
He was the greatest man I know to walk this earth and to be the man of our family is a blessing! He's our everything and will continue to be.. We here on earth will do everything in our power to keep you proud, I do know that at the moment you passed on to be with our lord, the angels cried tears of joy because they were receiving the best angel anyone could ask for, it rained at that very moment..

Granddaughter Hope!
Posted by Hope at 5/6/2014 9:48:00 AM

*** Jake your going to be missed ***Jake was my dads first cousin- on April 7th my dad went to heaven! And Jake & his brother Robert were there for my dad till his last day. Jake was an amazing man & was always there for his family; no matter what the situation was. I still cant believe it. He sat there and talk to us about how important family was to him. And stories about growing up! He said to call your family members,go visit them when you can & let them know how much you love them cause you never know when it's your time.... now these are the words that I keep hearing... your going to be missed Jake, love ya!
Posted by Lupita at 5/6/2014 12:59:20 PM

I just saw Mr. Jake like last week!

Can't believe it.....nice hardworking man - all nice people - the whole family.

Thoughts and prayers for them from my family. We'll continue our tradition of going to el Jardine and to honor Mr. Jake.
Posted by I love El Jardin! at 5/7/2014 10:01:14 PM

Warmest regards to family of Mr.Rodriguez. I'm very sorry to hear of your loss.
Posted by Dash at 5/10/2014 1:27:35 PM

Jake was the greatest man me and my
Family loved his friend ship and cooking
He never got upset he was always kind
Most of all the people of Galveston loved his
El Hardin restaurant rest in peace jake
Posted by Adan at 5/10/2014 4:57:49 PM

We are praying blessings and favor upon the entire Rodriguez Family. Our hearts are sad but, full of joy at having met Jake. Jake was a true friend of his community and his neighbors. For Jake there was not distance or walls, everyone became his friend with a greeting, a smile and hug for all. On behalf of Primera Iglesia Assemblea de Dios and the congregation.
Posted by Pastors Lily & Manuel Rodriguez at 5/15/2014 1:24:31 PM

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