This memorial website was created in memory of our beloved Hector Rodriguez, 72, born on October 15, 1949; passed from this life on July 24, 2022. Gone, but never forgotten.  

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Hector Peña Rodriguez, 72, of San Diego, CA, passed from this life on July 24, 2022.  He was born on October 15, 1949 in Ft. Stockton, Texas to Benito Rangel Rodriguez and Antonia Sanchez Peña. 

Hector graduated from Ft. Stockton High School and Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas where he earned both Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees.  After teaching school for a few years, his career path shifted to the Texas Department of Public Safety where he worked from 1979 until his retirement in 2005.  After relocating to San Diego in 2011 he spent his time traveling, both near and far, and checking items off his “bucket list”.  His favorite places to go included the Silver Strand Beach in Coronado, California and Big Bear Lake, California. He loved nothing better than a good old-fashioned barbecue and enjoying the company of dear friends. 

Hector was preceded in death by his parents and stepfather, Joe Franco.  He is survived by his adoring wife Virginia (Ginger) Rodriguez, sister Susana (Joe) Trujillo of Grand Prairie, brother Orlando (Lilia) Franco of Midland,  daughter Paula of Midland, son Mark (Mauri) of San Angelo, son Jarrod of Del Rio, son Justin (Monika) of Midland, stepsons Adam and Dylan of San Diego as well as many grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews and their children. 

Local arrangements were made with Village Cremation Services and Funeral Home in Chula Vista, California. Memorial / celebration of life events will be held both in San Diego and Texas; times and locations yet to be determined.
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