Sammy Escobar

Sammy Escobar

Abilene - Sammy "Chame" Escobar "Superstar," 66 of Abilene formerly of Ballinger passed away Thursday, January 28, 2021 at Hendrick Hospice Care in Abilene.

He was born on December 5, 1954 to Fermin Escobar Sr. and Jessie Flores Escobar in Ballinger, Texas. He lived most of his life in Ballinger and relocated to Abilene in August of 2012. Sammy was a die-hard Ballinger Bearcats and University of Texas Longhorns fan but tended to switch NFL teams from time to time. His last loyalty was to the Green Bay Packers. One of his greatest joys was being able to perform maintenance at Bearcat Field, he took great pride in being able to serve the team he loved so much. He never backed down from a challenge when sports were involved. He participated in many Special Olympics sports such as track, basketball, bowling, and bocce; and he earned many medals along the way. He put his heart in everything he believed in and had a special love for his family, friends, and animals.

Sammy is preceded in death by his parents Fermin Sr. and Jessie Escobar, both maternal and paternal grandparents, brother Danny Escobar, brother-in-law Eddie Lopez, sisters-in-law Maria Reyes Escobar and Socorro Maria Escobar, nephews Harry Reyna and James Nixon, great nephew Justin Lopez, and his loyal dog Missy.

He is survived by his siblings Gloria Lopez of Joliet, Illinois, Eloise Lopez of Ballinger, Fermin Escobar Jr. of Abilene, Raul Escobar of Hutto, Josie Gomez and husband Robert (Bobby) of Ballinger, Alex Escobar of Amarillo, Joe Escobar and wife Mickie of Abilene, Fred Escobar of San Antonio, Janie "Mana" Escobar of Abilene, and sister-in-law Teresa Escobar of Ballinger. Also surviving are his numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, great-great nieces and nephews, and his long-time girlfriend Melissa Martinez of Winters.

A rosary service will be held for Sammy on Saturday, February 13, 2020 at 10:00 am at the chapel at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger, Texas. His memorial service will follow at 11:00 am on the same day with Max Pratt officiating. A private family burial will follow at Latin American Cemetery.

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Posted online on February 04, 2021