Enrique Saldivar, 80, of Austin, Texas formerly of Brownsville and San Benito, Texas peacefully passed away on Thursday, December 8, 2011. He was born August 31, 1931 in San Antonio, Texas to Servando and Maria Saldivar.
Enrique graduated high school in 1951, then immediately joined the United States Air Force proudly serving until 1953. Upon his return he met the love of his life, Blanca Guerra, and they were married on April 7, 1958 in Brownsville, Texas at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Enrique worked as a plant manager for Levi Strauss in San Benito for over 30 years until his retirement in 1987. After his retirement he moved to Austin, Texas and they settled down to enjoy a new chapter in their lives.
Enrique enjoyed fishing, golfing and most of all, loved spending time with his family and friends. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, “compadre” and most of all a friend, and was a selfless man. Enrique will be dearly missed by everyone blessed to have known him.
Enrique is preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and one brother.
Enrique is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Blanca Saldivar; children, Enrique Saldivar, Jr. and his wife Pearl, Adriana Saldivar Stoeltje, David Saldivar, Luis C. “Charlie” Saldivar and wife Trixy; grandchildren, Enrique Saldivar III, Anissa Saldivar, Luis C. “Louie” Saldivar Jr., Lauren C. Saldivar and Samantha Stoeltje; sisters, Enriqueta Juarez and Emma Lidia Martinez and numerous other loving family members and friends.
The family received friends at 6:00 p.m. to share memories, followed by a memorial service at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 11, 2011 in the Chapel of Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home.
Please visit www.cookwaldenforestoaks.com to share your fond memories of Enrique with his family.
Arrangements under the care of Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home, 6300 W. William Cannon Drive, Austin, Texas 78749, (512) 892-1172.