Bereavement for Martin Samudio

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Jul 282021

Martin (Marty) Lee Samudio, age 59, passed away on 7/19/2021 after a short, but valiant battle with pancreatic cancer in San Antonio, Texas.

Born September 16th, 1961, Marty never backed down from a challenge. Marty knew from a young age that he wanted to practice the culinary arts. He absorbed all he could from his mother Esther, the family matriarch. He started his first cooking job at a local burger joint, GW Jr’s. At age 15, he earned the prestigious Eagle Scout award from the Boy Scouts of America in 1976. He went on to graduate from Holy Cross Catholic High School in San Antonio, class of 1979. After graduation, he attended St. Philip’s College, where he studied Culinary Arts. It wasn’t long before he took on many roles in many kitchens including pastry chef, the sous chef at Houlihan’s, and eventually leading to Master chef. His journey to Master Chef was not easy and to help broaden his culinary horizons, he traveled around the country learning the cuisine of different regions of the United States, as well as New Zealand, Australia, and Mexico. Marty knew that being a chef alone was not enough, he wanted to touch the lives of many by educating others in the field of culinary arts. To achieve this, he moved to New Mexico and attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. There he studied culinary education and earned his bachelors of science degree in the class of 1998. While residing in New Mexico and perfecting his craft, he was the recipient of many awards, culminating in Albuquerque’s Chef of the Year. Not one to rest on his laurels, his expansion in the culinary world led him to California, where he led the research and development department of Ruiz Foods. It was here that he met the love of his life, San Juanita Perez. They were married on May 29th, 2004. Marty knew he always wanted a family, and in 2010 they were blessed with a daughter, Hope Shalom. It wasn’t long before Marty and his girls found their way home to San Antonio, where Marty continued his education career at the Art Institute of San Antonio, imparting his wisdom and experience to the generations after him.

Strong in his faith, he was an active member of Destiny Church in San Antonio. An avid hunter and fisherman, you could often find him in the deer blind, or at the Texas coast. Without fail he would share the spoils of his trips, often providing fresh cured meats to everyone. He continued to support his Holy Cross community by participating in the annual alumni baseball game and cookoff. He was an active member in Hope’s school, being honored as a “Watch Dog” where his portrait will continue to watch over the safety of the students. Marty was a stranger to none. He touched the lives of many and made life-long friends. Marty will be dearly missed, but always viewed life as a celebration, and his legacy will live on in his family and friends.
Marty is survived by his wife, San Juanita Samudio, his daughter Hope Shalom Samudio and his beloved dog Rosie. As well as his mother Esther Arriaga Samudio, his Mother-in-Law Blanca Perez, his siblings Mary Jane and husband Frank Wiesehan, Joseph J Samudio, Roxanne Samudio-Garcia and husband Ronald Garcia, as well as aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, and cousins. He is preceded in death by his father, Joe Samudio, Jr.

Many thanks are given to those who loved Marty as much as we did. We would like to thank his cooking buddies, church family, hunting and fishing friends, fellow alumni, extended family, coworkers and everyone else who’s lives were touched by Marty.

Asta la Pasta Marty, your love of cooking and feeding others will be celebrated in Heaven and on Earth!

In lieu of flowers, any donations made to assist the family can be directed to the following link: a GoFundMe page set up in his memory by James Zamarron and the Holy Cross Knights class of ’79.

The family will hold a visitation on Saturday July 31st, 2021 from 2pm – 6:30pm with a prayer service at 6:30pm. Location is Porter Loring Mortuaries, 1101 McCullough Ave, San Antonio TX, 78212.

A celebration of his life will take place in September. For additional information, please reach out to the family.





Bereavement of Angel E. Cedillo

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Jul 152021


Angel Eduardo Cedillo, 32, was born on Christmas Day in 1988 in San Antonio, Texas. He was the son of Lisa Rivera Cedillo and Angel Cedillo and brother to Marisela Cedillo.

Congregation of Holy Cross founder Blessed Brother Basil Moreau said “…the mind will not be cultivated at the expense of the heart. While we prepare useful citizens for society, we shall likewise do our utmost to prepare citizens for heaven.” Angel now enters heaven with the love of his family and the foundation of the Holy Cross Brothers who have guided thousands of students around the world.

A fierce competitor, Angel was focused on excelling at everything he set his sights on. At Holy Cross High School, he played basketball, football and baseball and was inducted into the National Honor Society. He fulfilled the school’s community service obligation as a volunteer for the Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital Foundation. A proud member of the Holy Cross Class of 2007, Angel and his Holy Cross brothers continued to represent their class, repeatedly winning annual Alumni Softball Tournament Championships.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from St. Mary’s University in 2012 and while there, he played baseball for the St. Mary’s Rattlers. An unrecruited walk-on, he nonetheless secured a spot on the traveling squad his sophomore year. His 2012 team advanced to the NCAA Division II National Tournament. That year, he came off the bench to pinch hit and for defense in late innings and maintained a .364 batting average and had a 1.000 fielding percentage, making an out every time a ball went to him in the outfield.

For the last several years, Angel worked for Shelton Presort Inc. and traveled across Texas providing full service mailroom facility and postal need solutions for a variety of clients, including professional sports teams.

His love of baseball followed him into adulthood but didn’t interfere with the Sunday Cedillo family breakfast. He would arrive early to eat with his parents, aunts, uncles and cousins and then go play in his Sunday League. And while some may remember him for his dedication on the field, Angel’s family will remember him for his big heart and even bigger smile and laugh.

Angel’s parents and their siblings were his constant role models. The family unity they practice carried over into the relationships Angel forged with his cousins. Every major holiday and every birthday was a family reunion. As children, the raging conflict was his place in line to hit the piñata, because there was never anything left to hit after he took his turn.

He was a big brother to Marisela and all his younger cousins, and a little brother to his older cousins. Angel and his cousins vacationed together, camped outdoors, traveled to amusement parks, sports camps, hunting trips and summer school cultural enrichment courses. After they reached college age, the family reunions over the holidays took on a richer complexity.

Preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Irma Celis Rivera and Carlos Rivera, paternal grandparents Maria Antonia Cedillo and Rodolfo Cedillo, and aunt Melinda Cedillo, Angel is survived by his parents Lisa and Angel Cedillo and his sister Marisela.

He will be missed dearly by his aunts and uncles Rosalinda Sivilli (Mike), Magdeline Hrncirik (Leonard), Christina Braga (Al), Carlos Rivera (Reyna), Mark Rivera, Lorraine Treviño and Michael Rivera (Charity); Otila Cedillo, Maria Antonia Cedillo Sorola (Sylvestre “Junie”), Rodolfo “Rudy” Cedillo, Ricardo Cedillo, Carmelita Cedillo, and Eduardo (Fabiola) Cedillo.

He will forever be remembered by his 46 Rivera and Cedillo cousins. He will also be missed by his extended family in San Buenaventura, Coahuila, Mexico.

The family would like to thank Holy Cross High School staff, faculty, students and alumni, especially the classes of ‘07 and ’80, for their outpouring of love and support.

A Rosary will be held at Porter Loring Mortuary, 1101 McCullough Avenue, San Antonio, Texas, 78212 at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 with visitation beginning at 6 p.m. The Rosary will be livestreamed on the Porter Loring website under his obituary at

A Mass will be held at St. Luke’s Catholic Church, 4603 Manitou Drive, San Antonio, Texas, 78228, at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 with a reception to immediately follow at the St. Luke’s Community Center. A Livestream of the Mass will be available on the St. Luke’s Catholic Church Facebook page.

In lieu of flowers, we ask you consider a donation in Angel Eduardo Cedillo’s honor to Holy Cross of San Antonio, visit (click on Donate).