Paquito's Funeral and Memorial Fund
Francisco “Paquito” Fuentes Rodriguez, 42, of Round Rock, Texas, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 21, 2016.
Paquito (as he was known by most) was born on April 12, 1973 in Austin, Texas, the son of Francisco P. Rodriguez and Martha Fuentes Rodriguez of Austin, Texas. He was baptized on June 24, 1973 at Cristo Rey Catholic Church in Austin, Texas. His first Holy Communion and Confirmation was on April 18, 1982 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Austin, Texas.
He married Lacinda Kasparek on June 4, 1999 and moved to Round Rock, Texas.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 16 years, Lacinda Kasparek; his son Jesse Rodriguez, his parents Paco and Martha Rodriguez; his brothers: Raphael F. Rodriguez (wife Diana) and Fernando F. Rodriguez; sisters: Leticia R. Acosta (husband Billy), Janette & Yvette Rodriguez; Aunts: Joanna Luera (husband Mark); Yolanda Sanchez (husband Tony), Cheryl Rangel (husband Brian), Sugar Rodriguez (in spirit husband Robert), Alice Barrientos; Uncles: David Rodriguez & Roland Fuentes; father in law: Melvin Schoenst; sister in law: Wanona Posas (husband Tootie); nieces and nephews: Ralphie, Annalisia, Breana, Daliyah, Nikole, baby Marco, Pete and Josh; numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and a host of extended family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Francisco and Theodora Rodriguez, Toby and Sandy Fuentes; mother-in-law: Lillie Kasparek; father-in-law: Percy Kasparek; and our beloved pet Jet.
At a young age Paquito developed a passion for music. He was the driving force behind the family band, Los A-T Boyz formally known as Alma Tejana which included his father, brothers and also his mother who manages the band. Paquito was a multi-talented musician. He was an accordionist, singer, trumpet, keyboard and guitar player. At age 14, he was recognized as one of the youngest documented accordion players in Texas. In 2008, the Tejano Artist Music Museum awarded Paquito with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Throughout his career, he was nominated numerous times for vocal duo of the year, accordion player of the year, entertainer of the year and album of the year for the Tejano Music Awards. He also received numerous awards from church Jamaicas and charity events. He has touched thousands of hearts with his amazing stage presence and heartfelt performances.
As well as his music, his lifetime career included: Supervisor for the Texas Lottery Commission, Account Manager for Distribution Dynamics, Search Engine Analyst for Google, Website Designer, Lighting and Video Technician and Massage Therapist.
He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle, nephew and friend. He will be greatly missed, but will live in our hearts forever.
Viewing will be held on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 from 5 – 7 PM and services to be held from 7 – 8 PM at Beck Funeral Home off of North 620. On Wednesday, January 27th at 10:00 AM there will be a Funeral-Mass held at Saint Williams Catholic Church in Round Rock with Father Francisco Rodriguez presiding. Reception to be held in church hall following Mass.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:
The Texas Music Museum in Austin, TX: http://texasmusicmuseum.org
Cook Children’s Hospital in Ft. Worth, TX: http://www.cookchildrens.org/Giving
Scott & White ICU Unit in Round Rock, TX: http://foundation.sw.org/give/honorariums/guardian-angel
Donations can also be made at www.gofundme.com/paquito
The Rodriguez Family would like to give a heartfelt thanks to the following: Dr. Khan and Nurse Cheryl (Scott & White Oncology and staff), Dr. Granger and Nurse Tracy (Cook Children’s Hospital and staff), the following doctors: Dr. Nolan, Dr. Britt, Dr. Loydaga, Dr. Salgado, Dr. Goraya, Dr. Howell and Dr. Munshi; nurses Debbie Cude, Aida Hernandez, Bae, Tamara, Marissa, Jonathan, Ester, Shaun and Irene (Scott & White Hospital/Round Rock ICU Unit & staff); Chaplin Mark Labaj and to all our friends, family and fans for their kindness, love and prayers during our time of need. A special thanks to Dawn Gentry, Gina Villarreal, Michele Hawkins, Brenda Sloan and Nelley Coble.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Beck Funeral Home, 15709 RR 620, Austin, Texas. Family and friends can view and sign the guest book online at: www.beckchapels.com.