Mauricio Saavedra, age 79, of Yakima, WA went to be in the arms of his Heavenly Father on Thursday, July 5, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. Mauricio was born on November 28, 1938 in Albuquerque, NM the son of Juana (Gonzalez) and Juan B. Saavedra. Mauricio graduated from Valley High School, Albuquerque, NM in 1958. He later attended Everett State College and Western Washington University, Albuquerque Technical and Vocational Institute Carpentry Program in 1976. He married the love of his life, Maria G. (Georgia) Flores-Saavedra in Sunnyside, WA on June 9, 1973. Mauricio’s working career consisted of building planes for Boeing, driving a water tanker for Dept. of Natural Resources as a fire fighter, Chicano Studies Professor for Skagit Valley College and worked as a carpenter on various bridges. Mauricio served in the United States Army with the Seventh Infantry in Aschaffenburg, Germany. He had a passion for baseball, played for the Aschaffenburg Cardinals while in the service, and the Plainview Texas Ponies. Mauricio loved to read about cars, baseball and history. He also enjoyed photography and helped do an article for National Geographic.
Mauricio is survived by his wife, Maria G. (Georgia) Flores-Saavedra of Yakima, WA. Two daughters Ana I. Flores-Saavedra and Natalia I. Rodriguez (Artemio) all of Yakima, WA. Two brothers Antonio Saavedra (Celina) and Eloyd Saavedra (Reyna) all of Albuquerque, NM. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Adriana L. Saavedra, Richard P. Saavedra, Lucas J. Saavedra, Joaquin A. Rodriguez and Mauricio C. Rodriguez all of Yakima, WA. One Great Granddaughter, Autymn N. Barbosa of Yakima and numerous nieces and nephews. Mauricio is preceded in death by his parents, Juan B. and Juana G. Saavedra, two brothers Patricio Saavedra and Chris Saavedra.
At Mauricio’s request there will be no formal funeral services. Those wishing to sign Mauricio’s online memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com Memorial may be sent to the Union Gospel Mission, Yakima, WA in memory of Mauricio.
I’ll always walk behind you guys so no one will hurt you.
Mauricio Saavedra July 3, 2018