November 9, 1949 - November 4, 2021
Mariano (Jay) S. Alaniz, Jr., 71, of Mission, Texas, passed peacefully at Houston Methodist of The Woodlands Hospital in the early morning Thursday, November 4, 2021, after an 18-year battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Jay was born in 1949, or “Al” as he was known by his colleagues, was 5 days shy of celebrating his 72nd birthday on November 9th. His interests and talents were vast and varied. A natural athlete with a fondness for music, affection for animals, and a life-long obsession with automobiles. Jay married his childhood sweetheart and the love of his life, Ana Maria Cavazos, in his hometown of San Antonio, Texas in the Summer of 1966 where they raised a family of four. A deeply religious man, his faith was devout although quietly personal. He was well-known for his sarcastic wit, tenacious attitude, and charming personality. His closest family and friends will confidently assure you he is mad as hell that he is not still calling the shots here on earth for he lived a full life on his terms and without apology. He is preceded in death by his parents; Mariano Alaniz Sr., Guadalupe Alaniz, Antonio Cantú, and Belen Reyna Cantu and 8 siblings; Rodrigo Cantú (Rigo), Lydia Rendon (Lile), Peter Michael (Mike) Alaniz, Mercedes Cantú (Meche), Maria Elisa Rocha (Maria Lisa), Octaviano Cantú (Chicho), Norma Linda Cantú Hernández, and Angela (Quela) Cantu. He is survived by his children; Mary Ann Cordoba, Maxine (Troy) Wenzel, Marla (Alex) Goulis, Mariano Alaniz III, and 6 siblings; Antonio Cantu Jr. (Borrado), Enedina Cantu (Nina), Martina Mata (Tia Chata), Guadalupe Cantú (Tobi), Rebekah (Becky) Haevischer, and Sandra Perales, as well as 12 grandchildren; Mark Anthony Alaniz, Ariel Marie Cordoba, Carlie Alaniz, Casidi Alaniz, Alexandrea Alaniz, Luis Tomas Rios, Christian Lucas Cordoba, Sydney Ann Cordoba, Gabriel Elijah Goulis, Leonidas Stephen Goulis, Charlize Alaniz, and Mariano (Baby Jay) Alaniz and 5 great grandchildren. A funeral mass will be held at St. James the Apostle Catholic Church, 22800 Aldine Westfield Road, Spring, Texas 77373 beginning at 10 AM on Saturday, November 27, 2021. Tributes and words of condolence may be left for the family at www.davisgreenlawnfh.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Greenlawn Funeral Home, 3900 B.F. Terry Blvd., Rosenberg, Texas 77471, Phone: 281-341-8800.
Mariano (Jay) S. Alaniz, Jr., 71, of Mission, Texas, passed peacefully at Houston Methodist of The Woodlands Hospital in the early morning Thursday, November 4, 2021, after an 18-year battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Jay was born... View Obituary & Service Information
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