Jorge Humberto Escobedo died on Saturday, October 17, 2015. Though he could be a man of few words, anyone that knew him knew instinctively they were in the presence of someone who was truly good. He was a dignified, honest and gentle man, always objective and positive, with never an unkind word about anyone.
Jorge also had a zest for life. He was a world adventurer, cosmology connoisseur, dapper dresser and sometimes illicit studier of Trivia Pursuit cards. He spent his life feeding his mind, and he could pull off dress socks and dress shoes with shorts unlike any other. His sense of humor was sharp, and his smile was infectious. Jorge loved photography and filming, and as a result, documented so much of his family experiences through the years, leaving a legacy of family bonds. Most amazing though, was that he had the rare ability to be fully himself. He had neither pretense nor shame in anything he did or took on. That’s something we can all aspire to.
Jorge came from a large and loving family. The eldest of 10, he was like a second father to many of his younger siblings. He held all of them close for the length of his full life. Jorge was cherished by his parents, grandparents, uncles and cousins. As a little child, he would fascinate relatives with his conversation and knowledge. Jorge was a loyal son, brother, husband, father and friend. He began his own family when he was just 22. He first met his wife Frances, who survives him, when he was in 5th grade (she was in 4th) at H. K. Williams Elementary School in San Antonio. They started dating when they were seniors in high school and were finally engaged three years later, when Frances, tired of waiting, proposed. He stayed by her side for 50 years of love and traveling adventures, including 53 cruises and countless road-trips. A mostly stay-at-home dad, he had more of a hand in raising his children than most fathers. As such, and always a tinkerer, Jorge raised Ginger and Steven with a his own brand of attentive yet ‘figure it out for yourself’ style. He taught them to think practically and logically, consult a dictionary often, and most importantly, that ‘only boring people get bored.’
Jorge took great pride in being a “Knight of Columbus” and fulfilling their mission of helping others. He was grateful for the abundance he had in his own life, and always sought ways he could help better the circumstances of others.
Jorge was preceded in death by his parents, Juvencio and Oralia Escobedo and his younger sister, Irasema. He is survived by his wife, Frances, his two children, Ginger and Steven, and five grandchildren, Jordan, Lauren, Chris, Alyssa, and Samantha, as well as 5 sisters and 3 brothers plus many nephews and nieces.
A memorial for Jorge will be held on Thursday, October 29, at Porter Loring Funeral Home in downtown San Antonio on McCullough, 1101 McCullough, (corner of McCullough and I35). Family and guests can arrive between 6-7 to mingle and get settled.
The rosary will begin at 7pm, led by Dr. James Garza, who also conducted the renewal of Jorge and Frances’ vows at their 50th anniversary celebration this past May. Eva Weber, niece, will provide a violin performance and Eric Gustafson, brother-in-law and vocalist, will sing a song of remembrance.
A mass will be held the following day, Friday Oct. 30th at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church at 4201 De Zavala at 10:00am, with a reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to MD Anderson – Adult Sarcoma Research, in honor of Jorge Escobedo.