In Memory

Maria Luisa Gutierrez Sandlin (Mary Sandlin)

August 25, 1922 – June 27, 2014 

María Luisa Sandlin, or “Mae” as her teammates called her, passed away in the early morning hours of June 27th. 

Mary was born on August 25, 1922 and lived a life full of passion and love. This was evident from an early age when she discovered baseball and took to the mound, only to become a local and regional celebrity for her pitching skills. 

Mary’s hard work and dedication was apparent, when she worked at the Army Air Corp Base, followed by the Laredo Air Force Base where she worked in the Personnel Division. This totaled over 30 years of commitment to our government. 

Mary and Larry Sandlin wed in 1944. They were married for 69 years before Larry passed away in December, 2013. 

Mary was a founding Board Member of the Guadalupe and Lilia Martinez Foundation. She was an active member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and involved in the Altar Society, Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court Isabella the Catholic #683 for 46 years. She was also active member of NARFE. 

She is survived by her daughter Shirley Sandlin Gonzalez, son in law Bob Gonzalez, three grandchildren, Rob, Marc and Ana Sabrina, 6 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. 

Play ball, Mae! 


Lawrence Daryl Sandlin (Larry Sandlin)

Into the arms of his heavenly father and after completing a long and faithful journey serving his family and God, Reverend Deacon Larry Sandlin, 89, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, December 19, 2013. 

Larry was born to Virgil and Minnie W. Sandlin on June 7, 1924 in Waco, Texas. Shortly after moving to Laredo with his family, he enlisted in the Army and became a member of the elite 101st Airborne Company. After suffering an injury, he was discharged and returned to Laredo where he met his loving wife, Maria Luisa Gutierrez. The two wed in 1944 and raised one daughter, Shirley.

Larry was ordained as a Deacon in the Catholic Church on May 28, 1977, and became the first permanent deacon for the Diocese of Corpus Christi-Western Vicariate shortly thereafter.

He was a founding board member of the Guadalupe and Lilia Martinez Foundation, where he dedicated 10 years to help better the lives of residents in the Laredo and Zapata communities. Larry was also a board member of the Laredo Community College Education Foundation.

He is survived by his daughter Shirley Sandlin Gonzalez and her husband Bob, and well as three grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. 


Juvenal Garcia

Juvenal Garcia came to work for Don Lupe in 1947 as a vaquero. His work remained the same for the sixty years he worked at La Union Ranch. He worked with the livestock and helped maintain the physical property. This work is a classic folk occupation — it is passed on through face-to-face interaction in informal situations. It is learned in an apprenticeship process, by imitation and practice.

Juvenal and Don Lupe had a fierce loyalty and trust to one another due to the harsh conditions of the work. Juvenal was also the official host, cook and bartender at the ranch when Don Lupe was not there.

He died a year and a half after Don Lupe's death.