Angel Pompilio Saavedra
1945 ~ 2017

After a long battle with cardiovascular problems, our beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather and Friend passed away while holding his daughter Rosana’s hand at approximately 1:53 pm on Wednesday, February 8th, 2017. He was recovering from successful surgery and his death was unexpected.

He was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina on June 4th, 1945 to Arcangel Saavedra and Maura Andrada. He married his sweet heart Marta Gervasio on July 30th, 1976 in 9 de Julio, Argentina. They were happily married for 40 years raising two beautiful daughters – Valeria and Rosana.

He loved soccer, playing for the club Talleres in the second division. His favorite teams were the clubs Independiente of Argentina and Barcelona, Spain. His favorite player was, of course, Lionel Messi. He also loved watching Argentina play, especially in the World Cup. During his last hospitalization we promised to take him to Spain when he recovered to watch Messi play.We are so sad,querido Angel, we couldn’t accomplish this together. You truly deserved this trip after all the pain and suffering you endured to be with us a little longer.

He served two years in the Batallon 9th Company Command in the Argentine Army in the city of Comodoro Rivadavia, from 1965 to 1967. Later, he worked for many years as a salesman of industrial farming equipment including12 years for Yomel. His work took him all over Argentina and southern Brazil. His boss and friend came to visit him in the summer of 2011.

In December 1999 he immigrated with his family to the United States to provide a better education and life for his family. He gave up his own dreams to provide the best for his family. His dream was for both of his daughters to graduate from college in the United States. Thanks to him, they both achieved this goal. His daughter Rosana graduated from UVU in 2004 with a Bachelors degree in Accounting. She is currently employed at UBS Bank USA. His daughter Valeria graduated with honors from BYU in 2005 with a Bachelors degree in Microbiology. He was very proud of both of them.

He worked for 11 years in a cleaning company finishing as a Supervisor. He was a dedicated worker, working long hours while never missing a day during this time. He retired in 2011.

He loved to cook. His specialties were all kinds of meat including asado. He loved milanesa and raviolis. He prepared the tastiest chimichurri and red peppers. This past Thanksgiving he prepared his best turkey ever. Also, sadly shortly before his death he prepared a prosciutto that also turned out to be his best ever. He was scheduled to come home on Friday, February 10th and was anxious to try it.

He loved decorating the yard for each year for Christmas. This past Christmas he bought new reindeers and a sled. It also turned out better than ever. We are so grateful for these last experiences!

He loved his three grandchildren, Jayden, Jason and Allyson. He taught them so much sharing his love of soccer, fishing and dancing. He was a big help in raising them. He loved to spoil them too much, more than words can say. He was always thinking of them. Several days before his last hospital stay he had given them a nice air hockey table. His last wish was to buy a puppy for Jayden. On Valentines Day we were able to get an adorable puppy. Thank You Dear Angel for guiding Rosana to find it.

He always did everything to give his family the best, taking them on many vacations to the beach and making the best memories. He will be greatly missed. He was loved by so many family, friends and neighbors due to his friendly personality and sense of humor.

He is survived by his wife Marta Gervasio Saavedra, his two daughters, Valeria Saavedra and Rosana Saavedra Johnson, and son in law Jed Johnson, his sisters Teresa Saavedra, Lilia Saavedra Rodriguez, Myrian Saavedra, and brother Antonio Saavedra. His three grandchildren, Jayden, Jason, and Allyson, nieces and nephews and many relatives and friends in Argentina.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday February 16 at the Manila Stake Center at 950 E 850 N American Fork, Utah.

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