Pedro ‘Pete’ Almanza
ODESSA — Pedro “Pete” Almanza, 81, passed away, Sunday, July 18 at
the Hospice House. He was born April 29, 1923, in Stockdale, TX. He
graduated from Rotan High School and attended Barber College in San
Antonio, TX., graduating from that college in 1945. He also received
certificates in refrigeration, television repair and appliance repair.
He married Hilaria Medrano on June 10, 1944, in Rotan, TX., at St.
Joseph’s Catholic Church. They had five children together. She
preceded him in death on August 14, 2000, in Odessa. Mr. Almanza owned
and operated Pete’s Barber Shop on South Clements for 56 years. He was
a United States Army veteran. He was a well-known musician. He played
the saxophone, piano, trumpet, drums and the guitar and always
encouraged others to learn to play music. He wrote music and made
several recordings. He also was an artist who painted beautiful
landscapes as well as portraits of his grandchildren. His paintings were
exhibited for several weeks in an art exhibit at the old First American
Bank. He was a charter member of the Basin Lions Club, the American
Legion and the Altar Society. He was also a member of LULAC. He was very
dedicated to family values and instilled those values in his children,
grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He impressed the importance of
education to both family and friends.
Survivors include sons, Pete Almanza and wife, Mary Ann, and Benny
Almanza, all of Odessa; daughters, Linda Villagran and husband, Jaime,
Geneva Holland and husband, Tom, Evelyn Garcia and husband, William and
daughter-in-law, Magdalena Cox and husband, Cary, all of Odessa;
grandchildren, Elia Goodman and husband, William of El Paso, Jo Ann
Ybarra and Shelley Taylor, both of San Antonio and Yvonne Ybarra, Linda
Eve Bernadette Garcia, Elizabeth Armendarez and husband, Raul, Marc
Almanza, Nicole Almanza, Paul Almanza and wife, Shirley, Pete Almanza
III and wife, Cindy, Sonia Almanza and Amy Matta and husband, Mark, all
of Odessa and Angela Huertas and husband, David, of Dallas;
great-grandchildren, Brandon Ybarra of El Paso and Gage Covernali-Ybarra,
Carmen Almanza, Caleb Jordan Almanza, Anthony Almanza, Shane Patterson,
Karina Almanza, Kamryn Almanza, Pete Almanza IV, Isaiah Armendarez and
Kamilla Armendarez, all of Odessa.
Funeral arrangements are with Odessa Funeral Home. Rosary will be at 7
p.m. Tuesday at the Odessa Funeral Home Chapel. Mass will be celebrated
at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 21, 2004, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church
with the Rev. Joseph Uecker officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset
Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be: Brandon Ybarra, Paul Almanza,
Pete Almanza III, Marc Almanza, Raul Armendarez and Jaime Villagran.
The family would like to thank Doctors Amaram, Surendra and Hendrickson,
the Seabury Nursing Center staff and residents, the staff at Hospice
House, Elaine Brashear, Father Joseph Uecker, Pastor Doug Herget and the
many friends and relatives who offered prayers and were there for him.