The love of my life, Mi Amor, Orlando Guerrero entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, February 9, 2022, at the age of 53 in San Antonio, Texas.
At a very young age, his dad introduced him to the one thing we all know about him: cars. Starting at the family business of Frank’s Auto Supply, he turned his passion for cars into his lifelong endeavor. This led to drag racing, mud racing, lifted trucks, and hot rods. And in June of 1984, he came out on the National Hotrod Association magazine, where at the age of 15, under bracket six, he placed 1st at Alamo Dragway in San Antonio, TX. He built cars from the ground up, taking pride in everything he did to make them. Every hot rod he built, whether for family or a customer, was not in search of glory but in dedication to the craft of car building. His mind was always at work. Always thinking of new things that he could build, invent, or fabricate. He enjoyed going to car swap meets and flea markets. There was always a bargain to be found. He was loving, easy-going, friendly, funny, caring, quiet, and sometimes the “Guerrero” in him would show. Overall, he was an amazing and wonderful person.
He attended and graduated from McCollum high school where he met the love of his life, Terrie. And although life took them through different paths they reunited and have been married for 14 years. He instantly took on the role of a Dad of five without hesitation. And later, the greatest role of Pimpi (grandpa). He often said he wondered what his purpose in life was then felt it was to come into our lives and take care of his family, teaching and instilling his profound Catholic faith into them and others.
He taught his children what it meant to work hard so they could enjoy the fruits of their labor. He enjoyed cooking and always made more than enough just in case one of the kids would stop by with the grandbabies. He enjoyed his family time whether it was barbeques and karaoke at home, going to the lake or coast, or more recently traveling. Always taking the scenic route. He wanted to be sure his grandbabies would grow up with good memories. His legacy will live on in our family. He gave us so many memories and taught us so many things.
Lando’s priority was his faith in his Lord Jesus Christ. He was a devout Catholic and used every opportunity to spread his faith. He made an annual visit to the Basilica of Our Lady San Juan del Valle. He also attended an A.C.T.S. retreat in 2019. (Ezekiel 36:26; “I will remove your heart of stone and give you a new spirit and heart of flesh”.
He was a true warrior through his long battle with Scleroderma and in recent years Pulmonary Fibrosis. Through it all, he remained a faithful servant. Always leaving it in God’s hands. We find true comfort in knowing he is whole again. “Well done good and faithful servant! You have been faithful in few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness.” Matthew 25:23
Orlando Guerrero was born on January 18, 1969. He is survived by his parents Frank and Josie Guerrero. He leaves behind his true love: Teresa Ramos Guerrero. His five children, daughters Ashley and Ben Ybarbo, Amber Altamirano (Juan Rodriguez), Seleste Martinez (Jay-D Delgado); son’s Michael Martinez and Nathan (Jenny) Martinez. His grandbabies; Jordy pie, Joshy Pooh, Sophia mamacitas, Logy bug, Manny-D, Madi - little mamacita, little Luke, Naiden - little Nate, and granddaughter on the way Addie. Sister, Eva, and Ruben McRae. Brother, Frank and Lisa Guerrero. Mother-in-Law Rose and late Father-in-law David Ramos. Lando is loved by many nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles, sisters and brothers-in-law, cousins, close family friends, long-time childhood friends, and many, many countless others.
He is proceeded in death by his maternal grandparents Nicholas and Felicita Gonzales and paternal grandparents Francisco and Enedina Guerrero.
A special thank you to the doctors who cared for Lando all these years. Dr. Heberto Garza, Dr. Everett Allen, Dr. Scott Moore, Dr. Jennifer Brody, Ashley Dugger, Dr. Hays Arnold, Dr. Soma Jyotula, and Dr. Sachin Kumar. Nurses and MA’s: Bobbie, Sherry, Kristin, Angela.