Pedro “Pete” Cortez

Pedro “Pete” Quintana Cortez, 88, of Marfa, left us on March 7, 2019.

Services will be Saturday, March 23 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Marfa with Rosary at 10am, the Mass to follow, concluding with a military service.

Pete was born in Marfa on July 8, 1930 to Paula Quintana and Simon Cortez. Pete married Eva Peña, the love of his life, and they were together for 65 wonderful dancing years.

Pete was a Military Veteran and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, and was Honorably Discharged as a Sergeant First Class.

He was a man of all trades and worked with Godbold Inc., Foxworth-Galbraith Lumber Co., Corder Lumber Co., and the U.S. Border Patrol, then retired to be self-employed as a small engine repairman.

Pete’s favorite pastime was entertaining his friends, listening to Tejano and oldies music, watching the Dallas Cowboy games, and always helping others.

Pete is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Eva Cortez; his four sisters, Alicia Mata, Hortencia Chavira, Rosa Ontiveros and Irene Roman; three brothers, Francisco (Kiko) Cortez, Simon Billy Cortez, Mike Juarez; and a son, Adolfo Cortez.

Pete is survived and his spirit lives on in the moments shared together with his sons, Pete Cortez Jr. (Laura) of Odessa, Billy Cortez of Marfa, and Willie Cortez of Odessa; three daughters, Mary Ella Diebert of Las Vegas, Frances Escarsega of Odessa, and Olga Martinez of Lubbock, along with 18 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Honorary pallbearers are Consuelo R. Chavez, Sammy Roman, Danny Roman, Rose Mediano, Salvador Roman Jr., Willie and Mary Jane Hernandez, Max Jacquez, Luis Madrid, Gilbert Gonzales, Mario Serrano, Glenn Rojas and David Frances.

Special thanks to Consuelo Chavez for all her tireless assistance to Pete’s needs, and Sammy & Danny Roman for their daily attentive care. We greatly appreciate it. The Cortez family would like to thank everyone who helped during Pete’s time of need. Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers.

Mr. Cortez’s family wishes to thank the administration and staff of Alpine Big Bend Regional Medical Center and Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Midland/Odessa, for their outstanding and compassionate care during his illness. Our family has been blessed by your efforts.

Peter 4:10 - “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”

The Big Bend Sentinel

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