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.