Deacon Manuel Aguilar Luevano, age 72, of Odessa, TX, passed away on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 to be with his Lord and Savior surrounded by loved ones. He was born June 28, 1946 in Artesia, NM to Alice Bass.
Manuel married the love of his life, Maria Cruz Luevano on September 8, 1964 in Hobbs, NM and they spent 54 wonderful years together. Manuel became a Deacon for the Catholic Church on May 8, 1982 at St. Helena’s Church in Hobbs, NM. Manuel did many talks, retreats and cursillos for the catholic community. They lived in Hobbs, NM for 32 years before moving to Odessa, TX in the mid 90’s. Manuel worked in the oilfield for 50 plus years before retiring. He continued to serve for the catholic community until his unfortunate car accident on March 4, 2019.
Manuel is survived by his loving wife, Maria Cruz Luevano; sons, Mark Luevano, Martin Luevano and wife Adriana, all of Odessa, TX; grandchildren, Manuel and wife Judy, Maria, Mia and husband Brian, Marquis and wife Maira, all of Odessa, Brandi of San Antonio, TX, Mateo from Fort Lewis, Washington, Julie, Lily and Jr all of Odessa, TX; great grandchildren, Kyra, David, Iris, Aaron, Aria, Madalyn, Mason and Aniyah.
Rosary will be at 7:00 PM, Sunday, May 19, 2019 at ST. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1:00 PM, Monday, May 20, 2019 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church with Bishop Michael Sis and Reverend Mark Woodruff officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers are Martin Luevano, Marquis Luevano, Manuel Luevano, Brian Hernandez, Mike Luevano and Jason Luevano.
Honorary Pallbearers are Mark Luevano, Mateo Soto and Ron King.
A special thank you to the staff at Medical Center Hospital for all the love and care that was given to our beloved Manuel.
Condolences to Mrs. Luevano, his family, his Brother Deacons and Priests. It is a “sad time in all our lives;” as, we know that we would be turning to Deacon Luevano for some “…words of inspiration.” Therefore, it is only fitting to give someone like the “Deacon a proper ‘Tribute.’”
I would “strategically plan my mass times, so that I could listen to Deacon’s Homilies; as, they were full of “spiritual, psychological and applicable principles to follow.”
Deacon was never “lukewarm in a Homily;” as, he himself knew, that he would be “judged on his last day on Earth.” I will miss “tracking him (i.e., whether at Holy Redeemer, St. Elizabeth’s or Ranchito);” as, I really learned a lot about the Deacon, his wife and the “congregation that appreciated his knowledgeable words through his Homilies.”
Deacon stated some words once, that made me realize that he was “…on the mark with the Words of proper Evangelization.” He stated that “…many have to pray for ‘HOPE’ because no one will help them in any injustices.” I knew, that he had “…infused and ignited the Holy Spirit in all.” I am sure that others can “elaborate” on all his messages; and, be so helpful in every sector of our Community as Christian Catholics.
I would like to "thank the family," for all the time that Deacon spent on Mentoring me (i.e., phone texting and phone calls)...I know that my "self-concept" was formulated by my +Parents and +Abuelita, so I thrived on learning more of the Word and how to acculturate in life.
Christine M. Hernandez
(Daughter of +Deacon Eufracio and +Lala Hernandez)
Christine M. HernandezOdessa, TX
From the time of being a child, this man was always so loving to my mom Lupe Cantu and dad Martin Cantu he would hug my dad and pinch his cheeks all the time made us laugh all the time. Living in Hobbs, Manuel and Cruz would come over and visit for hours and talk about God. We were honored when Manuel spoke at daddy's rosary he had me tears because he spoke of my daddy as a man of God well Mr. Manuel you were also a man of God you did your job here. Please give daddy a hug and pinch on his cheeks for me. May you RIP sir.
CHRISTY CANTU LOPEZCANYON LAKE, TX
Our condolences go to the family. May he rest in peace and he will continue to live with Jesus Christ as he watches each one.
You will always be remembered in our hearts.
Rita Rodriquez Savala & George Savala
Rita Rodriquez SavalaOdessa, TX 79763, TX
My sincere condolences to the family of Dcn. Manuel Luevano, may our Lord shower you with His grace, love and peace. De Colores Bro, mi hermano Cursillista, until we meet again on our 5th day!! Ultreya. BENDICÍONES, Luisa Rayos.
Luisa RayosOdessa, TX
I am greatly saddened by Deacon Manuel's passing. When I was becoming a Catholic, his was always a smiling face and a warm handshake before mass. I am very sad about his passing. His homilies were so emotional and from the heart. Doug Henderson
Douglas HendersonOdessa, TX