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Obituary – Ricardo “Rick” Alvarado

May 15, 2020

Ricardo (Rick) Alvarado Jr., 59, loving father, husband, stepfather, brother, uncle and friend, entered enteral rest on Saturday, May 9, 2020, after a brief and sudden illness unrelated to Covid-19. Rick will always be remembered as a source of strength, laughter, and inspiration, filled with love for his family, friends, pets, and the Texas Longhorns.
Rick was born in Edinburg, Texas on November 17, 1960, to Ricardo and Minerva Saenz Alvarado. He is preceded in death by his beloved parents, Ricardo and very recently his mother, Minerva. Left to cherish his memories are his wife, Ana Alaniz Alvarado, Mission, his son, Richard Anthony Alvarado, Houston, his stepchildren, Jon Andrew Alvarez, McAllen, Sarah Karina Alvarez, Mission and JoMichael Alvarez, Mission, his siblings, Maggie Alvarado Treu, McAllen, Lucila Alvarado, McAllen, and Rolando Alvarado, Austin, his nephews, Maxwell Alexander Treu and Matthew Avery Treu, his niece, Madeleine Aubrey Treu, and numerous cousins and friends.
Rick graduated from McAllen High School in 1979 and The University of Texas at Austin in 1983 where he was an active member of the Phi Kappa Theta fraternity. For the past 35 years, Rick was an Allstate Insurance Agent with his office located in Alamo. When his son, Rick Anthony, was growing up, Rick enjoyed coaching his son’s sport teams, spending time with his family, and traveling. Rick will forever be remembered as a devoted and loving father and husband.
Dad, everything about you fills my heart with pride. I am proud of everything you accomplished. I am proud of the many friendships you maintained and the countless number of lives you touched. I am proud of how you always danced to the beat of your own drum. I am proud of your cleverness, quick wit, and attention to detail. I am proud of your relentless fighting spirit. Most importantly, I am proud to be your son. You are my inspiration, my strength, my mentor, my coach, my role model, my biggest fan, and the reason why I am where I am today. I promise to carry on your legacy by practicing everything you taught me and by constantly reflecting on all the beautiful and wild memories we shared. For the rest of my life I know that I can rely on you for guidance, courage, strength, and wisdom. Because no matter where I go and no matter where I will be, I know that I will always be with you and you will always be with me. Until we meet again, Dad. I love you.
There will be a public viewing on Thursday, May 14, 2020 from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Ric Brown Funeral Home, Mission, Texas. A graveside burial service will be held on Friday, May 15, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. at Valley Memorial Gardens, Mission, Texas. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and keeping with social distancing orders, all necessary restrictions will be observed in order to protect the health and safety of those in attendance. For those unable to attend the burial service, please feel free to join us via Facebook live at this link:

Once it is safe to gather with family and friends, we will have a memorial mass to honor Rick and properly celebrate his life. Services were been entrusted to Ric Brown Family Funeral Home of Mission.


May 15, 2020
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  1. Sonia A. McMasters

    My deepest condolences to the whole family. He will never be forgotten.

  2. Sandra Partida

    Omg this is so Heartbreaking for the Allstate Insurance Community. Rick and Ana we love you. Ana and Family our Prayers are with you all if we can do anything for you please let us know Xoxo

  3. Oscar & Cris Adame

    Our prayers and condolences to all his family. We have great memories of Rick coaching our son along with baseball trips together with Rick Anthony & family . May Rick Rest In Peace.

  4. Margarita Palomo Sohel ( Ft. Worth)

    I remember meeting Ricardo Jr when I was saying goodbye to his aunt Rosario Alvarado Vela ( Chayito) who was dying. Rick, my 2nd cousin walked into the hospital room and introduced himself. He said some sweet, loving words to his aunt…and then called his uncle Ramon Alvarado Jr. who was ill and living in San Antonio say goodbye to his sister Rosario. I thanked him for that kindness of coming to say goodbye to his aunt. We hugged and he left.. that was the one and only time that I saw Rick. His aunt Rosario died about an hour later! Now they are together in Heaven.
    May they both Rest In Peace!

  5. Juan L Torres

    Our heartfelt condolences to Ana, Rick Anthony and the entire Alvarado family, may God Grant you peace during this difficult time.

  6. Zulema Rodriguez

    My condolences Ana to you and your family. May he rest in peace.

  7. Lino Vera

    Deepest condolences to all of Rick’s family. He was a great friend and my roommate for two glorious years at the Tanglewood apartments in Austin. Only two years but hundreds of memories. We shared so much in that short period. Hard to believe he is gone. Rest In Peace brother.

  8. Sonia Valadez

    My deepest condolences to my prima, Ana and the entire family. When I first met Rick, I knew he was a keeper!! He was a gentleman and treated you like a princess!! I knew he was the one for you!!❤He was so kind to me and just a really down-to- earth person. I have very fond memories of the time you all took me out while I was visiting the valley. I love you prima and pray for you. May God bring peace and his love to the entire family. ❤

  9. Sonia Valadwz

    My deepest condolences to my prima, Ana and the entire family. When I first met Rick, I knew he was a keeper!! He was a gentleman and treated you like a princess!! I knew he was the one for you!!❤He was so kind to me and just a really down-to- earth person. I have very fond memories of the time you all took me out while I was visiting the valley. I love you prima and pray for you. May God bring peace and his love to the entire family. ❤

  10. Katie Klein

    My condolences to the family on a great loss. Sincerely, Katie Klein

  11. Amelia moreno

    May the lord anoint his loved ones with his peace and his strength during this difficult time.

  12. Roxanna Gonzales

    My deepest condolences to the family. I will never forget his and Ana’s generosity, hosting many celebrations at their home, especially Rick Anthony’s high school graduation party including my son and their class buddies .
    Roxie Gonzales

  13. Joe Moroles

    My condolences and prayers go out to Rick’s family. Rick and I coached our sons at Boys Club.. He was full of energy but best of all he was caring. We shared a lot of laughs but he had a big heart. Rick Anthony you were blessed with a great dad. I will miss you Rick my friend. Love Joe ,lily ,Michael and Michelle Moroles ❤️

  14. Efrain Bear De Leon

    I considered Rick one of my best lifelong friends and do not have the words to express the sorrow my family is feeling with his passing. My condolences to The Alvarado and Alaniz families. I met Rick when my family moved to McAllen in 1971. My neighbor was a mutual friend. Rick invited me over to shoot hoop in his driveway on Pecan Lane (we lived five blocks over on Vine St.). Rick was an above average athlete that we feared facing when he was on the mound during Little League Baseball. He introduced me to all of his neighborhood friends aka “The Quince Lane Gang”. We had many great sandlot football games at Lincoln Junior High over the years. He was starting shortstop for McHi Varsity his Jr. and Sr. years. Rick convinced me to join Key Club in High School and we shared many fond memories of our District Conventions in Dallas. Flew on my first commercial jet airliner with him. Went to my first Astros game in the Astrodome with Rick when we were 18. Went to first Dallas Cowboys/UT-OU games together. Went to see many amazing concerts while we were in college including Rolling Stones, Santana, Van Halen and Fleetwood Mac to name a few. He flourished at UT (while I was at Texas State down the road) and he became life long brothers with many he met through Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity. We both worked at Alamo Enterprises during our college summers. We both worked as Manager Trainees at Long John Silvers while trying to find our dream jobs post college graduation. We were groomsman at each other’s weddings. We both started our insurance careers at the same time (I was his first customer at AllState and he still had my $1 bill framed), although I moved to Houston in 1986 to start my insurance career, we continued to keep in touch throughout the years, spending less time in person together as we raised our respective families. Rick was the biggest sports fan I knew. Our last conversation evolved around how much we missed sports due to current pandemic, were both looking forward to some sense of normalcy and getting back to an Astros game soon. He was extremely proud of his family. Most importantly he was a devoted son, brother, husband, father and friend. Love you Dude and Rest In Peace Big Rick.


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