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David Rodriguez

January 9, 1942 — May 27, 2024

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David Rodriguez was born to Manuela Aguilar and Jose Natividad Rodriguez in a little town of Yorktown, Texas. David was child #9 out of 12 kids. He is a simple man, who never asked for help or handouts. David began to pick cotton at age 7 or 8 years old. He left his parents home at the very tender age of 12 after an argument with his very strict father. David was told to do it better. He walked to his uncle Jessie’s place & lived in the barn until he was able to get out on his own. He loved farming & roamed the state of Texas & even settled a little while in Arizona. His brother, Gavino, invited him to come to Hereford to settle down. He did & later found his very young 16-year-old bride, Sharon Easley. They became parents quickly. The new family moved to Cactus. He worked for a few farmers but Melvin May gave him such respect, that he stayed on with the May family. Later he worked for Melvin’s son, Doug May. He worked before sun up and followed after sundown. He was a strict father & expected more from his children. He extended his love to several children whom came to live with the Rodriguez’s. The family was somewhat of foster care family to many many kids. As those close to him know him as Uncle David or EF Hutton - when David spoke, you listen. Truthfully, his advice was spot on & filled with sincere thoughts of his own lessons in life. He tried to steer you to a better path. David & Sharon had 26 yrs together & he stayed by her side until death. His children can say they were raised humbly & with love. He later found the next chapter of his life in reuniting with an old teenage flame, Maria Villarreal. They fulfilled their 2nd chance at life-ever-after. He stayed working at the May farms until his grandson, Nicholas was needing a driver to take him back & forth to his dialysis appointments. No one asked of him but he decided to retire to be with his grandson. They grew a deep friendship & anchor in one another. David still loves farming. He loved pro-wrestling & passed on the passion to his kids. His body has had a few hits & at 79, he became a cancer survivor. 

David was proceeded in death by his parents, 9 of his siblings and 2 grandsons, Nicholas & Keegan. 

David is survived by his sweetheart, Maria, children: Manuela (Mia) Rodriquez, Buddy Joe Rodriquez and Billy Joe Rodriquez; 13 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. His family is a product of what this man stands for - Faith, Pride, Respect, Generosity and Family.

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