Carlos Destenave Memorial Fund

This is the memorial and fundraising page for our friend Carlos Destenave. On the evening of Thursday October 29th, Carlos lost his battle with Covid-19. He leaves behind his wife Amaranta and young son Leo. 
 Carlos was a lifelong student of American Culture especially the National Football League.  He had travelled for work or pleasure to the United States every year since 1996.   I met Carlos in 1996 in a Denny's parking lot in Austin Texas.  Carlos started coming to the United States over via bus (20+ Hours) to save on expenses.  He attended the National Sports Convention 21 of  the last 22 that were held.  Many of those early shows, Carlos slept on the floor of my hotel room because he simply didn't have the money to get his own room. He started in Sports Cards much like most of us that knew him.  He turned more to autographs in the later years of his life as friends he knew gave him access to items he could sell to Mexican collectors. Carlos had a passion for the Dallas Cowboys like nothing any of us had ever seen.  He knew every player, every number they wore and even remembered plays from games 30 years before.  Carlos had a lot of rough times in his life but never complained about them.  He had been robbed multiple times and even had been kidnapped at one point by a Taxi Driver in Mexico City.   Carlos definitely opened my eyes to how lucky I am to be from the United States and how I took simple human rights that others don't always get for granted every day.    Carlos was always happy to see people, and had an infectious smile and love for life.   He almost always was taking pictures, capturing events that most of us take for granted every day.  He was a caring,52261580_1604161756520662_r.jpeg52261580_160416178542344_r.jpeg genuinely good person that most of us wish we could be.   I knew him for almost 25 years, but something had always been missing until the day he met Amaranta.    We were all so happy he found the love of his life and then had his son Leonardo.  I always assumed he would have named his son Roger Staubach Destenave or Tony Romo Destenave but I guess he came to his senses.   He always said he wanted to be a father and I am glad he was able to see his son born and spend as much time as he could for the last 2 1/2 years.   But now his Son and Wife are without a Father and a Husband and the expected income he would have made chasing his dreams.  I know a lot of us will miss our friend forever, but I hope we can do a good thing for him and his memory and help his Wife and Son in this terrible time that they have to deal with.    We will be collecting any proceeds given and then will transfer it all to Amaranta when it is completed.

Donations

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  • Carolina Torres 
    • $20 
    • 25 d
  • Ryan FITERMAN  
    • $500 
    • 26 d
  • Ryan Opeka 
    • $500 
    • 26 d
  • Jesse Cervantes 
    • $100 
    • 26 d
  • Ryan Chiaro 
    • $200 
    • 26 d
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Organizer

Monica Morrill 
Organizer
Cypress, TX
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