Jacob Sanchez, age 35, of Bigfoot, Texas, went to be with his Lord and Savior, on Thursday, January 5, 2023.
He was born November 23, 1987, in San Antonio, Texas to Raul D. Sanchez and Maria Del Jesus Sanchez.
Jacob is preceded in death by his brother, Tony Sanchez.
He is survived by his loving wife of eighteen years, Rebecca Renee Powe; daughter, Karli Joy Sanchez; father, Raul D. Sanchez; mother, Maria Del Jesus Sanchez (Oscar); and mom, Yolanda Ornelas, siblings, Raul Sanchez, Jr., Jose Luis Sanchez, David Sanchez (Stephanie), Saily Z. Sanchez (Jessica), Donald Ornelas (Jessica), Suzanna Vasquez (Uriel), Jose Sanchez, Jr., Jeremy Currie (Hilary); nephews, Connor, Isaac, Oliver, Wyatt, and Ryan; nieces, Bailey O., Bailey D., Leighton, Mia, Bella, Mariyah, Chloe, Aunalyse and Bailey. Bonus family, James and Jennifer Howard, David and Donna Powe, Eric and Amanda Rodriguez, David, Jr. and Taryn Powe, Chelsi and Sam Hall, & Erika Temple.
Jacob went to live with his Aunt Yolanda in Bigfoot when he was six. He stayed with her through school, and he graduated from Devine ISD in 2006. He continued his education at Texas A&M, graduating in 2016, with his Bachelor of Science.
He landed his dream job, teaching and coaching at Devine ISD in 2016. He taught sixth and eighth grade Science, and coached football, basketball and track, for the last seven years.
Jacob met the love of his life, Becky, while in High School and in 2015, they welcomed their beautiful daughter, Karli Joy Sanchez. He blossomed as a father and was wrapped around Karli’s finger. He was always going above and beyond to provide for his family and make all their dreams come true.
Jacob had a love for the beach. In the summer he would take his family down for weeks at a time to stay in their camper. He woke early and plotted their day of fishing. He was always after the biggest catch. He, also, recently, started taking guitar lessons so he could play and sing to Karli. Their favorite song to sing together was Folsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash.
Jacob loved spending time with his family as often as possible. Football Sundays were spent in Bigfoot watching games and trash talking, the other teams and on how, his Titians, were going to win. On the off season it was flea market, Ross, then Game Stop. He loved to find a good deal, and splurged on whatever deal, he could find.
Throughout Jacob’s life his love for people shined through in many ways. He initiated a few projects to help his community, mowing yards for those who couldn’t do for themselves, and collecting shoes for students in need. He would often have snacks available in his classroom, and sneak in food for his students, and buy tacos and doughnuts for his colleague. He was the kind of guy that made you feel like you mattered, no matter what your background was. Jacob would tell you if you were in the wrong, and how to turn it around. He believed in supporting one another, however, possible.
Jacob truly felt the calling to be a teacher, not just in the classroom. “I’ve never wanted a student to dread coming to my class, I make sure to tell them, “I want to see them everyday”, I tell my kids that I truly do care about them and they become honorary “Sanchez” when they are taught by me.” -Jacob Sanchez.
A Visitation will be held Thursday, January 12, 2023, from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Primrose Funeral Services, 303 W. College Ave., Devine, Texas 78016.
Funeral Services will be Friday, January 13, 2023 at 2:00 pm at First Baptist Church, 308 W. Hondo Ave., Devine, Texas 78016. Interment at Longview Cemetery, on CR 2729, Bigfoot, Texas.
If anyone wishes to make a donation to “Jacob’s Love Fund”, an account is set up at Security State Bank, Devine, Texas.
Anyone wishing to leave condolences, share memories, or sign the online guest book may do so at www.primrosefuneralservices.com
Arrangements by Primrose Funeral Services, 303 W. College Ave., Devine, Texas 78016.