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Jesus Rene Guerra

Obituary for Jesus Rene Guerra

March 30, 1961 - August 8, 2020
San Antonio, Texas | Age 59

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Jesus Rene Guerra a retired Transportation Security Officer (TSO) and life-long resident of San Antonio, Texas, died in San Antonio on August 8, 2020 after a prolonged arduous battle with end stage renal failure and other complications that come with the disease.

He was born on March 30, 1961 to Gilberto and Maria Elena Guerra in San Antonio, Texas.

He attended Highlands High School and his alma mater was Our Lady of the Lake University where he obtained his baccalaureate majoring in Philosophy and minoring in religion. He enjoyed having philosophical debates or conversations geared towards religion and would share his faith in God with anyone willing to listen.

He served in the Army and often spoke of his time as medic in the military and fondly recalled his training in marksmanship and Para trooping.

In his earlier years he enjoyed playing racquet ball and practicing his putting.

He felt an urge to change careers when 9/11 occurred and before he became a TSO officer, he worked for the Laurel Ridge Treatment Center working with at risk youth and children who were wards of the state.

He genuinely enjoyed counseling the teens he worked with coming up with Milieu therapy and helping them overcome trauma. He instilled in them the importance of not being a product of your environment and the importance of higher education.

Rene was a gifted musician who would recount many memories of learning to play the guitar and piano from his beloved mother and playing for his family and neighbors. His father and mother pushed him to practice his craft. He could play a 6 and 12 string acoustic, electric and bass guitar as well as the mandolin and piano.

He was able to utilize his talents to praise and worship our Lord and Savior on the Fortress Church worship team which he enjoyed because his sister in law Veronica Isavel West and mother in law Belinda Hughes were also members of the worship team and they connected over the opportunity to express their love of God through music. He also played as a rock musician for various bands in San Antonio and San Marcos, Texas.

Rene taught guitar to several of his friends and family members.

He was affectionately known as Rene or Uncle Ne to his nieces and nephews. He was a gaming enthusiast which is a past time he enjoyed sharing with his daughter Jaqueline Dominique Moore and later shared with his nephews Gael Enrique Anaya and Gavin Rene West as well as his nieces Johanna Anaya and Maribel Isa Anaya.

Rene was honored to be a Godparent along with his wife to their nephew Gael Enrique Anaya, nieces Maribel Isa Anaya, and Arianna Guerra and his wife's first cousin Joaquin Rolando Chapa.
Rene and his wife enjoyed having impromptu jam sessions, enjoyed going to concerts to listen to live music, and traveling. It was his wife's goal to help him mark things off his travel bucket list. He enjoyed California and the Grand Canyon as well as Roswell, New Mexico since he was intrigued with aliens, he fondly remembered his first cruise at sea and loved the beach life at Xcaret, Calica, Cancun and Destin, Florida. He also enjoyed his most recent trip to Colorado and Mount Rushmore. Rene was also a foodie and would like to take mini road trips to taste different cuisines one of his favorites was the muffuletta at Central Grocery and Deli as well as beignets from Café Du Monde in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Rene appreciated the love and compassion his in laws had for him. His father in law Robert H. Hughes was his best friend and they spent many hours together laughing around a fire pit and had more serious conversations where Rene answered Robert's questions about the bible.

His mother in law Belinda Hughes, or Mom as he called her, a retired nurse accompanied him to doctors' appointments, tended to his wounds, provided advice on nutrition and medications and relieved her daughter when he was hospitalized on several occasions.

He was appreciative and forever grateful for his brother in law Rafael Anaya and sister in law Velinda Isela Anaya who helped take his mind off of his illness by making him laugh, watching horror or comedy movies, cooking special meals for him, and helping him own a home and maintaining the home as he was no longer able bodied.

He loved and missed his dearly departed mother Maria Elena Guerra and enjoyed visiting his father Gilberto Guerra and picking up pan dulce or fish from Neptune's and spending the day with him conversing on biblical passages or reminiscing on years past. He also enjoyed taking his wife and his father in law to the movies.

He loved his daughter Jacqueline D. Moore with all his heart and was proud to see her married; something he thought he would not live to see and was overcome with emotion the day he walked her down the aisle. He had a deep desire to be a grandfather but was satisfied with being a grandfather to her fur baby Lola.

He loved his brother Jim Guerra and his wife Jessica Guerra very much always saying how smart his brother was and hardworking he was. They too bonded over their love for music and playing music together. He liked to reminisce on when Ernie Estrada his nephew was younger and playing music with him. He also remembered when Jerika and Jaime Guerra were little and how they were becoming young woman and was proud to be a great uncle to their children.

Rene and his sister Mary Jo Guerra liked to share YouTube videos of music and liked quizzing each other on remembering names of bands and old songs. He loved and appreciated his brother in law Frank Guajardo for taking good care of his sister and her son Blake Guerra. It was a joy to see the life Blake is making for himself.

Rene silently suffered and endured many trials and tribulations hardly complaining. He overcame many medical mishaps and a lengthy list of medical diagnosis always leaving the doctors perplexed on how he was still here with us. Rene and his wife found solace in their faith noting that the greatest physician there is God kept Rene here on this earth to teach us all a lesson in humility, faith, and hope.

Rene is survived by his loving wife of 17 years Vanessa Iselda Guerra. His father Gilberto Guerra of San Antonio, Texas. His daughter Jacqueline Dominique Moore (Taylor) of Austin, Texas. His brother James (Jessica) Guerra of San Antonio, Texas. His sister Leticia Guerra of Houston, Texas and his sisters, Mary Jo Guerra (Frank Guajardo), Laura Guerra, and Susan (Jesse) Alaniz all of San Antonio, Texas and several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by his mother Maria Elena Guerra and his brother Gerardo Guerra.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the National Kidney Foundation.

Services and Interment Will Be Private


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