Sunrise: September 10, 1931
Sunset: July 24, 2020
Eliseo Esquivel, better known as Alec, was born in 1931 at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas to Arturo and Herculana Esquivel. He is preceded in death by his parents; Arturo and Herculana Esquivel, his sisters Carmen Esquivel Zamorano, Augustina Esquivel Vasquez, Angelina Esquivel Sabedra, and his brother, Arturo Esquivel. He is survived by his brother, John Esquivel.
Alec grew up in the rough and tumble streets of West Dallas. He attended Dallas Crozier Tech High School and played football, baseball, and boxed as a youth in Golden Gloves. He lived in what is now called “Little Mexico”, located at the South end of the Dallas Tollway. Arturo and Herculana reared the family in the Christian faith. Eliseo’s father Arturo, and brother-in-law, H.R Zamorano, established the Dallas Iglesia de Cristo; the first Hispanic Church of Christ in Dallas. This influenced Alec’s Christian faith, which he followed and taught throughout his life.
When Alec was nineteen, he met the love of his life, Susan Avina Escareno. The happy couple wed in 1953 and began their family in 1956. The first born was Rebecca, followed by Sandra in 1958, and Alec Jr. in 1960. Everything he did was for his beloved wife and children. Alec valued a good education and wanted the best for his family, so they moved to Carrollton in 1962 for the opportunities the school district provided.
As a young father and athlete, he loved sports and regularly organized softball, baseball, and volleyball teams for his family and community. He also loved music; especially gospel hymns, which you could hear him singing anywhere and everywhere. He became a song-leader in the Church of Christ and led worship services in nursing homes, whose residents were always excited to see him.
Alec was a life-long employee at Texas Instruments as a CNC Master Machinist. During his time at TI, he was involved in Military Defense such as the development of night vision and various sensitive missile projects. He worked with Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Jack Kilby, with whom he developed a close friendship. Alec retired from TI in 1996 after 40 years of dedicated service.
Upon retirement, Alec and Sue became regular extras on the Walker, Texas Ranger TV series. They enjoyed spending time in Mark Cuban’s home shooting scenes of attending High Society parties in Highland Park. Alec played a variety of roles on the show, including an officer and a judge. On one occasion, Sue and Alec portrayed jurors in court sitting just a few seats from one another.
Alec and Sue were a fun and beautiful couple who traveled around the country with their church friends. They purchased matching motorcycles and drove around Dallas until Sue fell. Although she wasn’t seriously hurt, this scared Alec enough that he sold both bikes the following day to ensure Sue would never get hurt again.
Alec is survived by his precious wife of 67 years, Susan Avina Escareno Esquivel, his son Manuel Esquivel, his daughter, Rebecca Esquivel and husband Allan Chesshir, his daughter Sandra Esquivel and husband Rob Keith, and son Alec Esquivel Jr. and wife Diana Esquivel.
Alec and Susan have seven grandchildren: Jason Chesshir, Ashley Keith, Sera Chesshir, Landon Esquivel, Andrew Keith, Rachel Esquivel, Hana Esquivel, and two great-granddaughters Star Chesshir (daughter of Jason Chesshir) and Evelyn Esquivel (daughter of Landon Esquivel).
Although Alec is no longer with us, his legacy will continue through his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. His oldest grandchild, Jason remarked “The day I have dreaded all my life has happened, but I know Welito is now strong and healthy within his whole body.”
We miss the man we know as Alec Esquivel. In our spirit, we know he is in a place he has been singing about all his life. He has entered through the pearly gates and is now walking the streets of gold where there are no tears, sorrow, or sickness. Alec is with his father, mother, sisters, beloved brother, and dear friends who have gone before him.
Alec Esquivel graduated to glory this past Friday morning on July 24th. He is free from his earthly body, and his spirit will be there to meet us when our time on earth is over and we too are called home by our Heavenly Father.
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