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Manuel "Manny" Sandoval Casillas

Obituary for Manuel "Manny" Sandoval Casillas

October 2, 2017
Austin, Texas


Manuel "Manny" Sandoval Casillas, of San Antonio, TX, passed away on October 2, 2017, surrounded by his immediate family. He was born in Chula Vista, California on January 27, 1970. Manny is survived by parents Charles & Jessie Casillas, his sister, Charlene Sandoval Casillas, his brother Adrian Sandoval Casillas and his two Nieces/God Daughters Caitlyn Frances Casillas & Alexandria Starr Casillas. Manny is preceded in death by his grandparents: Manuel and Frances Casillas, and Charles and Herminia Sandoval, Aunt Rosie Lugo Casillas Young & Uncle Alvin Lugo Casillas.
Manny was born "exactly as his mom had wished, with curly hair, big brown eyes & long eyelashes." At an early age, it was apparent he loved the outdoors. He spent many summers hunting with his Grandpa in Kearny, Arizona and camping with the Boy Scouts of America.
Manny graduated from James Madison High School in San Antonio, Texas. He was active in the Distinctive Education Club of America (DECA), where he earned a national award for entrepreneurship; he was a member of the JM Student Council, Young Republicans National Federation, JM Debate Team, Varsity Wrestling Team and a member of the inaugural Madison High School Horsemen Group.

Manny attended the University of Texas at San Antonio where he studied Political Science and was member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity.
He worked many years as an IT Specialist for Compex in Houston, Texas. He then decided to "live to work" instead of "work to live," so he changed careers and decided to follow his dreams and become an outdoor specialist. He spent many years at Bike World where he held a weekly "Manny's Ride" where he taught the importance of bike safety & maintenance. He was well known & well-loved for his patience with new riders.
He eventually moved to Austin, Texas where he found his "dream job" at REI. (Recreational Equipment, Inc.) He was an Outdoor School Instructor, holding classes on the proper methods and safety in camping and outdoor related activities. He was known to be able to fix anything. Someone once said "If Manny has his backpack and a rain jacket. We'll ALL be fine…."

Manny's passion for the outdoors and bicycles led him to ultra-endurance cycling and the Race Across America (RAAM). RAAM is known to be the "The world's toughest bicycle race" – starting in Oceanside, CA and finishing more than 3000 miles away in Annapolis, Maryland. Teams and individuals are expected to cross the country in less than 12 days on bicycles. This challenge is physically impossible without a crew. One of Manny's greatest accomplishments was being on crew or as the crew chief for several RAAM racers and teams including Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation JDRF, Team Dream Smiles & Solo Rider Dave Preston. Manny crossed the country for 5 RAAMs and chief-ed numerous 400-mile racing events. Manny became an authority on crewing for ultra-cyclists, and was never short on requests to crew for ultra-cyclists or give his expertise about ultra-cycling. He was instrumental in the success of many ultra-cyclists and several podium finishes.

During his off time, he loved to travel on his motorcycle around the Texas hill country and camped at numerous National & State Parks.
Manny was never married but treasured time with his two God Daughters Caitlyna & Alex, his extended family in Arizona, as well as his family in San Antonio, and the many friends that he treated as family. He will be greatly missed by those that loved him.
The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to Mike Sasser, Austin-Travis County EMT-Paramedic, All the doctors, nurses, case workers, nutritionist & physical therapist at St. David's Medical Center, Dell-Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas and the Elgin Nursing & Rehabilitation Center for their care, friendship and spiritual guidance.

A mass will be held in his honor at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 16075 N Evans Rd, Selma, TX 78154 on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 11:00 A.M.
His final resting place will be in the mausoleum at the Holy Cross Cemetery, 17501 Nacogdoches Rd., San Antonio, TX.
In memory of Manny, donations can be made donating blood or platelets in his honor to your local Red Cross, where the need is constant and the gratification is instant. Manny's wish would be to find great ways to give back and help others in need.

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