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Alejandro "Alex" H. Saenz, 78, passed away Wednesday, April 24 in Mission. He was born May 5, 1934 in Kingsville, to the late Alejandro C. and Julia Mendez Saenz.

Alex is survived by his wife of 58 years, Gloria Saenz; sons, Hector Saenz of La Joya, and Michael R. Saenz of Mission; daughters, Brenda Trevino and Belinda Leal, both of Mission; brothers, Pedro M. Saenz of Kingsville, and Romeo M. Saenz of Corpus Christi; sisters, Alicia Garza of Corpus Christi, and Amparo Villarreal of San Antonio; and eight grandchildren.

His was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Hilda Guerra.

Alex Saenz graduated from Kingsville High School and attended Texas A&I University where he earned a degree in Music Education. In 1963 he became the Head Band Director for the La Joya High School Coyote Band at La Joya ISD. He later earned a master's degree in School Administration from Pan American University. He served as an assistant principal and as the Fine Arts Director for La Joya ISD until his retirement in 1998. He dedicated his life to music and fine arts education, and instilled a love of music in many of his students who still hold great respect and admiration for him. Alex Saenz was an active member of Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church in La Joya, since 1963. He was a member of the community prayer group "Comunidades de Base" for twelve years.

Family will receive friends today, April 26, from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a rosary at 7 p.m. at The Lord and I Memorial Chapel in Peñitas. Funeral mass will be held, Saturday, April 27, at Our Lady Queen of Angels at 1:30 p.m. in La Joya. Interment will follow at Valley Memorial Gardens in Mission.

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