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Antonio “Tony” Rodriquez, d. 2020

Thursday, October 15, 2020
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Antonio “Tony” Rodriquez left this earth on September 11, 2020.

Tony was preceded in death by his parents Ramiro “Ray” and Carmen Rodriquez. Tony was born and raised in Spur, Texas. Tony started his lifelong career even before graduating high school, when he joined the Spur EMS services. He served as a deputy for the Dickens County Sheriff’s Department and later became a licensed paramedic and even an EMS director- instructor. He also joined the Spur Volunteer Fire Department and the Spur Police Department. After returning from college he began working for the Government Soil Conservation Department, and after some years he moved to Jayton, Texas, where he continued to work for the Kent County EMS and KENT County Fire Department. He became a deputy for the Kent County Sheriff’s Office and continued to work for USDA in Jayton, retiring after 23 years.

Tony continued to work at the EMS and Fire Department and became director of the EMS. Tony would work for several counties in their EMS departments, such as Kent, Fisher, Stonewall, Kimble and Eden EMS.

Tony’s proudest moment was being a member of DART, the Disaster Assistance Relief Team, when he was given the opportunity to go to New York City and help out with the disaster of 9/11. He called his family to let them know he was on his way because “duty called” and he had to go. He boarded the plane 19 years ago with his friend Darrell, and they did what they set out to do. There is no telling how many lives he touched, helped or even saved during his stay. Tony always gave of himself unselfishly so that others could have and be better off. Tony was a wonderful brother, uncle, brother-in-law, cousin and friend.

Tony leaves behind one brother, Ramiro Rodriquez and wife, Becky, of Dickens; four sisters, Christine Rodriquez of Lubbock, Carmen Rodriquez-Salas and husband, Felix, of Lubbock; Mary Rodriquez of Lubbock and Rita Rodriquez of Lubbock; two nieces, Kimberly Rodriquez of Lubbock and Ralie Anna Rodriquez of Dickens; one great-niece, Tessa Ray Zavala of Lubbock; special friend Rosemary Grimaldo; several cousins; and many, many friends.

Services are under the care and direction of Adams Funeral Home in Crosbyton.

A funeral mass was held Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Fr. Jeganathan Arulsamy officiating. Interment was in Spur Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Adams Funeral Home in Crosbyton.

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