Sunday, June 10, 2012

Tony Rodriguez Dies Suddenly at 43

The Elk Grove sports community is in shock with the news of the sudden death of Marco "Tony" Rodriguez, Jr. He's the father of Herd baseball star Jake and wrestler Joe. Tony passed away Sunday at the age of 43.

According to Greg Davis, an Elk Grove baseball parent who was the vice-president of the baseball booster club when Rodriguez was the club president, Tony had developed a clot in his leg a few weeks ago and was hospitalized. Davis said apparently the clot made it to Rodriguez' lung.

Marco "Tony" Rodriguez, Jr.
"It's all a big shock to all of us," Davis said.

"He's a stand-up guy," Joel Hull, an EGHS teammate of Jake's, said. "He always went out of his way to ask me how it was going for me after I graduated. I'd sit at Elk Grove games with Tony and talk baseball with him the whole game."

Jake graduated from EGHS in 2010 and has played baseball at Oregon State University the past two seasons.

Rodriguez moved his family from Wisconsin in 2006 prior to Jake's freshman year in high school, knowing Jake had special talents in baseball and wanted the best place for him to play. He told me several years ago he spent lots of time researching the best baseball program he could find for Jake in this area and still work for his employer. That's why he and Nancy decided to have Jake and Joe attend EGHS.

Joe was one of the Herd's top wrestlers. Considered to be a state contender in 2011, Joe injured his hand and couldn't compete in the post-season.

The family had made plans to return to Wisconsin later this month. According to family friend, Keri Nunez they are following through with the move. Tony will be laid to rest in Wisconsin.

UPDATE -  A Celebration of Life will be held on June 14, 2012 from 6-8 pm at the Miller Funeral Home located @ 507 Scott Street in Folsom, Ca.  In Lieu of flowers donations may be made to the “Tony Rodriguez Memorial Fund” at the F&M Bank, 8799 Elk Grove Blvd. Elk GroveCA 95624 account #815414701.

Tony is survived by his wife, Nancy, daughters Katie, Paige and Meagan and sons Jake and Joe. In lieu of flowers, the friends of the Rodriguez' are asking everyone to donate towards a trust fund for the children.

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