Saul Saenz, 51, died
in Las Vegas, Nev. on Friday, Feb. 23, 2007. A lifelong resident
of Washington state and the Pacific Northwest. Saul had only recently
moved to Las Vegas.
He was born July 23, 1955,
in Roma, Texas. The family moved to the Yakima Valley when he was very young.
The family settled in Sunnyside, where Saul attended public schools, graduating
from Sunnyside High School in June 1974.
He married the former Toni
Johnson in 1978. He continued to live in Sunnyside for several years while
working at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Richland. When
the marriage ended in 1985, Saul worked a variety of jobs until
deciding what he enjoyed most was being a heavy equipment operator.
He met Tara Roberts in 1990
and she remained by his side as his work took him throughout the Western
States, and eventually led them to Las Vegas.
He enjoyed outdoor
activities such as hunting, fishing, camping and any chance to play a practical
joke, share a laugh and enjoy life.
Saul is survived by his two
children, Joshua and Nicole; his mother, Idalia Saenz; two sisters, Stella
Heppell and Cynthia Shaw; four brothers, Isabel (Butch) Saenz Jr, his twin
brother, Samuel Saenz, Edward Saenz and Timothy Saenz; and six nephews and three
He was preceded in death by
his sister, Sylvia and his father, Isabel C. Saenz.
A memorial service will be
held Saturday, March 10, 2007, at 2 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside.