Mario Alberto Ballesteros, 63, broke free from a broken body and entered into peaceful rest on Monday, May 30 at 10:10 AM. By his side was wife, Linda Jeffcoat Ballesteros, brother Marty and his wife Teresa Ballesteros. Recognizing he was about to take his last breath Linda said, "Wait, look!" We witnessed in silent wonder the end of a most determined fight to live. With grace and gratitude he spent his final 19 days reminiscing with family and friends in Huntsville, Texas. Always believing he would beat cancer and go forward with new energy, Mario's drive carried him further than his frail body should have allowed. He was right and is going forward with new energy.
Mario was born on October 14, 1952 in San Benito, Texas to Manuel and Esther Ballesteros. His early years saw moves to Texas City, Houston and to the last family homestead on Robinson Road, Conroe, Texas. Mario graduated from Conroe High School, married then entered the US Air Force. While stationed in Nebraska his two sons, Mario Ricardo Ballesteros and Sean Michael Ballesteros were born. Following his years of service to his country, he completed his accounting degree at Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas and later earned his CPA. He was a member of Financial Executives Networking Group (FENG) serving as chair of the Houston, Texas chapter and most recently the Portland, Oregon chapter. He led many companies as Chief Financial Officer and in his last days strived to direct his hospice care in his typical CFO style.
How fitting that Mario passed on Memorial Day as it was 18 years ago on Memorial Day that Mario met his "Sweetie", Linda. One year later, May 5, 1999, they were married in Hawaii and would grow to build a life better than imaginable. His only regret will be not seeing the other loves of his life, his grandchildren grow to full maturity. Left to carry on his legacy and name is grandson Lyle Austin "The Bub" Ballesteros, son of Sean and wife Kim Ballesteros of Houston, Texas. His precious grand-daughter, Isabella May, and the "Two Man Wrecking Crew" August Marshall and Zane Matthew, the children of daughter April and husband Justin Keppinger of Hillsboro, Oregon are his treasures in life.
Now there are two brothers. Jaime Ballesteros and husband Stan Stansbury of Concord, California and Marty Ballesteros and wife Teresa of Huntsville. Also nephew Brad Ballesteros and niece Laura and husband Ryan Sausage with their two sons, Dominic and Alexander will carry on the name, the wit and the fight that Mario exhibited.
A memorial service to honor Mario will be held Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 11:30 AM at Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home, 1700 Normal Park, Huntsville, Texas
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made on the GiveSendGo.com fund for Mario Ballesteros https://www.givesendgo.com/cancersucks
Full obituary may be viewed and memorial condolences made to the family at www.shmfh.com.
Published on June 1, 2016