Pete Martinez Lara

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May 13, 1929 ~ April 21, 2021

Born in: Normangee, Texas
Resided in: Bryan, Texas

His smile and his hazel eyes lit up any room, his love for his family and church ran deep, and his sixty-six-year marriage to Virginia strengthened them both. On April 21, 2021, Pete Martinez Lara, loving husband of Virginia Lara, father of six, grandfather of eight, great-grandfather of seven, passed away at the age of 91, peacefully in his home surrounded by loved ones. His beloved nickname was Popo.

As a precautionary measure during the COVID pandemic face mask or face covering is required during all services. Visitation will begin at 2 pm, with a Rosary recited at 3pm, Sunday, April 25, 2021, both at the funeral center. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1pm, Monday, April 26, 2021, at Santa Teresa Catholic Church. Interment in Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral and Cremation Centers, Bryan-College Station.

Pete was known for his sense of humor, and he was always ready to stop eating a bowl of menudo to make a joke. Just days before his passing, he was joking with his youngest daughter to “get him a beer.” His grandkids have fond childhood memories of him teaching her to draw silly googly eyes on faces in newspapers and magazines–an activity they did often. He was a lover of British comedies, the Three-Stooges and old westerns. Pedro (Pete) never knew a stranger for he would shake hands with anyone near and smile his way into your heart. He was a good, God fearing-simple man, says his son John. John remembers him saying quite often, “Those people having all that trouble would have been better off staying at home”.

Often, Pete had a broken-in baseball mit nearby to play catch. He was a catcher for the LULAC baseball team in the 1950s. His oldest grandson remembers watching Cubs games on TV with him in the afternoons.

In his professional career, Pete was retired from the Texas A&M grounds crew. When his grandchildren attended St. Joseph’s School, they eagerly said hello to him on the campus as he was the onsite maintenance person at the School. He also owned and operated his own landscaping company.

Pete was a life-long member of St. Teresa’s church, a member of Knights of Columbus and Santos Nombre, a Sunday church usher and prayed the rosary daily. In 1986, Pete and Virginia made a pilgrimage to Mexico City to the Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe.

Pete started his life on May 13, 1929 in Normangee, Texas; his parents were Francisco and Adelita Lara and stepmother Julia Moncivais Lara. The love story of Virginia and Pete began when Pete saw Virginia walking in downtown Bryan. On their first date, they shared a piece of pie and a coke.

Pete’s spirit left his body but lives on with his family and friends. Pete is survived by his wife of sixty-six years, Virginia C. Lara. His children Vera Lara, Adela Lubbers, Elizabeth Lara, Loretta Becht, John A. Lara and long-time family friend Paul Bonardi. His eight grandchildren Oscar and Francesca Rodriquez, Angela and Aaron Avila, Peter, Virginie and Sandrine Becht and Jonathan Lara. His seven great grandchildren Zola and Luzia Rodriquez, Makaylyn, Madeline, Henry, Evelyn Rodriquez, and Ezra Avila. His brothers Frank, Phillip and Richard Lara and his sister Terry Rivera. Pete is preceded in death by his parents, Francisco and Adelita Lara, stepmother Julia Moncivais Lara, his son, Peter Lara, his sisters Ramona Bosquez and Janie Rushing Lara.

Your gift in kind as a memorial donation in Memory of Pete Lara be given to St. Joseph Catholic Church, 507 East 26th Street, Bryan, Tx 77803 or Santa Teresa Catholic Church, 1212 Lucky Street, Bryan, Tx 77803.

Pete and the Lara family would like to express their gratitude to Brazos Valley Hospice Care for their kind, compassionate, and competent end of life care.


Visitation: April 25, 2021 2:00 pm

Room: Bluebonnet Chapel

Callaway-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Center
3001 S College Ave
Bryan, TX 77801


Rosary: April 25, 2021 3:00 pm

Room: Bluebonnet Chapel

Callaway-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Center
3001 S College Ave
Bryan, TX 77801


Mass of Christian Burial: April 26, 2021 1:00 pm

St. Teresa Catholic Church
1212 Lucky St
Bryan, TX 77803

(979) 822-2932

Interment: April 26, 2021 2:15 pm

Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery
2801 Old Kurten Rd
Bryan, TX 77803

(979) 822-2721

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  1. He was very special to so many. The memory of his joyful life will live on in the hearts of his family and friends. Our sincerest condolences, Linda and Jerry Hancock (Francesca’s parents-in law)

  2. My Tio Pete was the kindest, hard working, handsome, sincere, Godly man that had a million dollar smile. He loved my Tia Virginia Constancio Lara with all his heart and his family. He was there even for my sister Claudia Constancio Pena and myself, Audrea Constancio the day we had to plan my daddy’s funeral, Joe Constancio. My Tio and Tia were there for us, selfishly to help with my dads care and to read the Bible to him. This man is very special to my sister and I and he will forever be in my heart. Laughter was always in the family home and I am honored to have been his niece.

  3. He was a very gentle man always greeted you with a hello and a friendly smile. May he rest in the arms of our Lord

  4. Our deepest condolences to the Lara family. May eternal light shine upon him, and may he rest in peace.

  5. To my loving dad,
    Oh, how I will miss you. You were always such a gentle soul in raising all six of us! We have many awesome memories of our family! I know you will watch over us, from above. Rest in Peace! We are taking care of mom, as you asked us too.

    • Tía Virginia may God wrap his arms around you and the entire family and give you peace. We love you all and are so blessed to have known uncle Pete.Love always Dora Monsiváis

  6. Our deepest and sincerest condolences to the Lara family. May his spirit live on in all of you. Much love!

  7. Our deepest condolences to the Lara family. God give you comfort and strength in such a difficult time. In Jesus name.

  8. We are truly saddened to hear of your father’s loss. We pray that our prayers for the entire Lara family will sheath you in the Lord’s love and help you as you grieve your father’s passing. With sincerest condolences- Adela, Alexa and Salvador

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