Coach Hector Loya, son of Odilia “Lilly” Loya and Gabriel Loya, was born November 12, 1953, in Raymondville, Texas. He was a proud member of the Hebbronville Longhorn graduating class of 1972. There, his love of sports and especially football and music developed as he participated as a member of the Longhorn football team and marching band. He was an avid world traveler who visited much of Europe. However, he was most proud of the fact that he visited all 50 states with his children. He was so happy to enjoy his travels with those he loved. His greatest love, besides his family, was the Dallas Cowboys. Many times, he traveled to see them, but his greatest joy was to meet with his sons and friends every Sunday at his Loya Ranch (backyard), put up his giant inflatable screen, grill his famous BBQ, and cheer on his beloved Cowboys. Win or lose, he was a fan for life. In addition, Hector loved to visit McAllen ISD campuses to serve his famous brisket and visit with teachers and staff. People were drawn to him because he treated them with kindness, love and respect. Many loved and visited the Loya Ranch just to sit by the fire, enjoy his company, and share a meal with him.\n\nHector was an exemplary son, husband, father, friend, and educator. After graduating from Texas A&I in Kingsville, he went on to become an elementary school coach. Hector taught at Fields Elementary (7 years) and later at Alvarez Elementary (22 years). He was cherished by his students and colleagues because he was kind and fair to all. He also worked with TSTA as a regional representative and as president of his local chapter. Hector represented teachers and staff in all kinds of work disputes and arbitration and succeeded in helping them win their cases. Coach Loya was an inspiration and role model for many. He worked tirelessly to help those in need. While teaching at Alvarez, he built his track team and achieved great success. He was so proud of his kids that upon retirement, he decided to honor any student from Alvarez with one $1,000 scholarship annually. Moreover, he often lent a hand to anyone who was in need by helping with BBQ fundraisers or simply being a good friend. His generosity knew no bounds because he had no limitations when it came to helping others. \n\nLeft to cherish his memory and honor his legacy is his loving wife, Silvia Loya, his daughters, Debra Loya and Alyssa Loya, his sons, Christopher Daniel Loya and Javi Loya, his grandchildren, Chris and Chloe Loya, plus Tyler and Madi Thomas. He will also be deeply missed by his sisters, Vickie (Mike Jalifa), Nellie (the late Charles Espinosa), his brothers, Gabriel Loya (Alma), and Mike Loya (Delilah). Numerous aunts, uncles, nephews, and nieces will also miss him dearly. Services will be conducted at Ric Brown Funeral Home on Friday, Dec. 22. Visitation will be from 3-6 pm and Memorial Service will be from 6–7 pm. A rosary will be recited at 7 pm.