Robert Baca, 84, of Orange, passed away on June 24, 2020, at his home.
Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., with a funeral service beginning at 6:00 p.m., Monday, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be Deacon Melvin Payne.
Born in Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico, on December 20, 1935, he was the son of Pedro Baca and Carmen (Vizcaino) Baca. Robert was the face of achieving the American dream. He was born in Mexico and started the first 20 years of his life there, migrating to Galveston as a young man, and eventually relocating to Orange. He first worked at H&H Body Shop, later opening Robert’s Body Shop in 1966. Robert was an honest and hard worker, making sure at every moment his family was provided for. He was a lifetime member of the Masonic Lodge Madison #126. He loved scuba diving with family and friends, especially in Cozumel and Honduras. Robert enjoyed Elk hunting in Colorado, traveling to all 7 continents, and capturing photography in his spare time. Above all else, the love and pride of his life was his family, holding them near and dear to his heart. He will be dearly missed by all those who came to know and love him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Pedro and Carmen Baca; and sister, Margarita Perez.
He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Marcelina Baca; children, Carmen Duhon and husband Darrel of Orange, Virginia Johnson and husband Jim Whittington of Orange, and Robert Baca, Jr. and wife Elizabeth of Orangefield; grandchildren, Justin Duhon and wife Michelle, Ashley Tarver and husband Cody, Shea Johnson and wife Emily, Diego Baca, and Santiago Baca; great-grandchildren, Trace Johnson, Colton Tarver, and Lilly Tarver; and siblings, Luzlena (Nena) Cavazos, Abel Baca and wife Blanca, and Anthony Baca and wife Doris, all of California; along with numerous nieces and nephews.