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Elias Leija was born on October 29, 1979 to Daniel and Lucy Leija, in Austin, TX and peacefully passed away on April 12, 2022.
He attended Allison Elementary, Pearce Middle School and LBJ high school. Eli enjoyed working at the Flea ... Read More
Elias Leija was born on October 29, 1979 to Daniel and Lucy Leija, in Austin, TX and peacefully passed away on April 12, 2022.
He attended Allison Elementary, Pearce Middle School and LBJ high school. Eli enjoyed working at the Flea market, where he worked for many years. He enjoyed and loved his Flea Market family, whom he often talked about. Eli was loved by so many people and was such a fun and loving guy. He made your day simply by being around him. He was genuine in all he did and was a true fighter. Eli was a good listener and always gave good advice. He was known to be his loud self and you couldn't help but feel his love. The reminiscence of his sweet voice can be heard telling those he loved, "If no one's told you today, Eli loves you".
A story from the words of his dad.
Daddy's Big Boy
Elias was not fond of attending doctor's offices, hospitals, or funerals. But as a little boy, he loved to eat, and eat well. In 1986, we went on a vacation to Disney Land in California. It was at that time that we ate at Big Boy Hamburgers. Oh, how he loved those hamburgers! When I would ask, "What would you all like to eat?" he would be the first to respond with "Big Boys Hamburgers". From that point on, I called him Big Boy. I have two great grandchildren, Jose and Moises, who lived with him and when I would go visit, to distinguish Jose as the oldest, I would say "How's my Big Boy?" and Elias would answer with "Oh, I'm OK" and would pat himself on the back.
It was 3:00 pm when I received a phone call from my son Eli. He said, "Dad, my mom is really sick, and I called 911 and they are coming for her". I said, "I'm on my way to the hospital". Before the paramedics could get to her, her heart had stopped. Eli worked at 7/11 at the time and had taken a CPR class and without thinking started CPR on his mother. By the time the paramedics got there, his mother was breathing on her own. For her, he was her hero and her life saver. With the help of God, and through his bravery and courage, he gave many more years of happiness to his mother and those who loved her.
Eli had a big heart and will be missed by so many, but through our memories, he will live forever in our hearts.
Eli is predeceased by his mom Lucy Leija, sister Margarita Mares and stepbrother Tito Garza. He is survived by his father Daniel Leija and stepmother Elia Leija; sister Martha Leija; stepbrothers Ismael, Daniel, David and Esteban Garza; sister in laws Gina Leija, Cristina, Sarah and Angelica Garza; nieces Martha and Daniela Mares, Acacia Leija, and Eliana Garza; nephews Issiah Rodriguez, Jose Villanueva, Noah Menchaca, Nathaniel Gamez, Gabriel and Dominic Garza, and Jose and Moises Mares.
Honored to serve as pallbearers are: Louis Aguilar, Lary D, Nealy, Louis Ramirez, Issiah Rodriguez, Ismael Garza, and David Garza.
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