Steven Rel Sambrano

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Steven Rel Sambrano passed away March 13, 2019. Rosary Service is scheduled from 7 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 15, 2019 at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers. Family and friends will gather to celebrate his life of 64 years at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 16, 2019, at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church.

Steven Rel Sambrano was born on August 3, 1954 to Manuel J. and Inez Rel Sambrano in Las Cruces, NM. He was the fourth child of five. He was affectionately called “Animal” by his family and friends, a nick name that stuck with him for many years because of his size. He played baseball in elementary and junior high and was known to be one heck of a catcher, nothing got by him! In high school Steven enjoyed activities such as wrestling and driving around in his red Chevy Camaro. He graduated from Las Cruces High School in 1973. In 1974, Steven enlisted in the U.S. Army and served two years in Germany as an M.P. After his honorable discharge, he served in the Army Reserve for six years. He often shared fond memories with his daughters of his time in Germany. Upon coming back to the States, Steven married and worked for his father’s company M.J. Sambrano Plastering and Lath later known as Sambrano Enterprises. One of his proudest accomplishments was receiving his general contractor’s license. He worked many years with the company, before starting work in 1989 for the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Anthony, TX. Steven was promoted in 1996 and moved to Ft. Worth, TX before retiring from the B.O.P in 2011. Steven later married Priscilla DeVita on August 3, 2017 in Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church.

Steven enjoyed deer hunting with his father and brother Ramon, as well as fishing and camping. His love of outdoor activities was extended to his grandchildren. Steven was a jack-of-all-trades and could fix just about anything. He had an incredible work ethic which he instilled in his three daughters. Steven loved to watch football and was a huge Raider’s fan. He read many western books and loved watching John Wayne movies. When he wasn’t watching or reading old westerns or Sci-Fi movies, he was outside cleaning the yard. Steven was funny, loving, and a really great Dad. He is loved and will be missed by so many.

Steven is survived his mother, Inez Sambrano; wife, Priscilla DeVita-Sambrano; children, Maria McGill and husband, Lee; Angela Sambrano, Andrea Sambrano, Krystle Ramirez and Craig Brown; George Gomez; grandchildren, Adelyn McGill, Zane McGill, Haven McGill, Jeremiah Sambrano, Liliana Sambrano, Rohen Stiles, Darius Ramirez, Avery Ramirez, Zafari Jade Gomez; siblings, Manuel Sambrano Jr., Frances Apodaca and husband Albert; Patricia Zambardi and husband Scott; Roman Sambrano and spouse, Maxine, and many extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Manuel J. Sambrano and son, Steven Francisco Sambrano.



The family of Steven Rel Sambrano would appreciate any contributions given to the Colorectal Cancer Alliance in his memory.


6 thoughts on “Steven Rel Sambrano”

  1. My condolences to Steve’s family .. especially his daughters.. Maria, Angela and Andrea .. even though she is not mentioned in this obituary.. heartfelt sympathy also goes out to Steve’s ex-wife.. Terry Sambrano, their mom.. Life is fragile .. handle with prayer …

  2. Margaret Marrufo

    My condolences to the Sambrano Family and my granddaughters – María, Angela and Andrea and their children and my daughter, Terry Sambrano … Grandma Margaret

  3. Our deepest condolences to you and your family! Angela, Andrea, and Maria our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family! My Mom sends her prayers and her condolences to you all! Lots of Love and prayers from Las Cruces, NM. We will miss him and he will be in our thoughts!
    Love, Leticia SANCHEZ and Lopez Family

  4. Armando &Sheryl Lopez

    We are deeply saddened to hear of Steve’s passing! He was always a good friend and neighbor. Steve will always be in our memories! Our prayers are with the entire family! My god bring you strength and comfort at this time. With Love and Condolances! Armando & Sheryl Lopez

  5. May God’s love make your grief more bearable. Sorry for your loss. It was a pleasure to be acquainted with Steve. I liked his dry sense of humor.
    Blessings to all of the family. Terrie Klein

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