1945 ~ 2017
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
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
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
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