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LeRoy Castro

June 22, 1962 – November 20, 2020

LeRoy Castro, age 58, died of complications related to COVID-19 on November 20, 2020.

LeRoy was a 19-year resident of Friendswood, Texas and moved to Alvin in 2018 to support the dream of his wife and daughter for expanding the good work of Starlight Outreach and Rescue, the nonprofit animal rescue they started in 2017.  He rarely complained when he'd come home and find kittens had taken of the master bathroom.  They frequently climbed his legs while he tried to brush his teeth.  He also, on one occasion, found himself alone at home attending the birth of 10 puppies in his dining room.

LeRoy is survived by Amy, his funny and "strong willed" wife of 32 years and his daughter Kelsey, his partner-in-crime in all leisure activities, from fixing a chicken coop to attending the Texas High School Football Championship every year even if they didn't know a soul playing.  He is also survived by many other relatives and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Leopoldo and Sarah Castro of Edna, Texas.

Family and friends were precious to him and he only kept a few close. In fact, LeRoy, Amy, and Kelsey referred to themselves as "The Triad" and you had to be special for them to let you in.  LeRoy was born on June 22, 1962 in Lubbock, Texas.  He attended Edna High School and joined the U.S. Marine Corps a few years later.  He served four years in the Presidential Honor Guard at the Marine 8th & I Barracks in Washington, D.C.  When his wife served in the Air Force in Colorado Springs, Colorado, LeRoy decided to give college a go (he'd had a few false starts before) and earned an Economics degree from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.  He went on to earn his Master's Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Houston Clear Lake.

LeRoy's high school goal was to be an educator.  He served in various roles as a teacher and administrator in local school districts, serving the last 14 years in Alvin ISD, most recently as the Principal of Alvin Junior High.  LeRoy was not a quiet man.  His booming voice could at the same time be intimidating and inviting, depending on his mood.  Either way, you always knew where he stood, as he didn't try to hide his feelings.

Aside from "The Triad," more than anything in life he loved being an educator.  He strongly believed that all children deserved the highest quality education from the very best educators.  His favorite motto was, "It's all about the kids," and he truly lived that motto with is own child as well as the children at the schools he served.  However, if you asked his students, he'll be remembered for the question, "Where are you supposed to be?"  They routinely heard this in the hallways when they took a little too long to get to class.

Based on LeRoy's wishes, his family will not hold a memorial service or funeral.  He would likely chastise everyone for holding a group gathering when COVID is on the rise in our communities.  His family does ask that those who want to remember and honor him do the following:

  1.  Wear a mask-even if you don't want to.  He always wore his, but was often surrounded by people who didn't, putting him and others at risk.
  2. If you're part of an organization that requires masks, please enforce those requirements.  It doesn't do any good to say you require masks if you don't uphold your own safety standards.
  3. If you'd like to make a donation to honor him, please make one to Starlight Outreach and Rescue.  Go to www.starlightoutreachandrescue.org/donate to donate online, or you can send donations to Starlight Outreach and Rescue, P.O. Box 1642, Alvin, Texas 77512.
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32 thoughts on “LeRoy Castro”

  1. My deepest sympathy and prayers to the Castro family. I worked with LeRoy at Walt Disney Elementary. He was a very caring teacher, the kids loved him. He will be missed!
    Teresa Quested

    1. A true gentleman, a true leader, a true educator. Well done my friend. Your memory will live on in the hearts of those lives you have touched. So my guess is that you will never be forgotten.
      Semper fi.
      Bev

    2. My Best time with LeRoy was at Grand Paw Leo's. Deer Lease. We drank Beer together and sat around the fire til late hrs And talked. Listening to his Laughter was bolting. I loved hunting and competing who would kill the deer first. He always called me by my full name when he spoke to me. After our Mother passed we lost touch. But I will always was proud of his accomplishments. I missed seeing you. Sorry you had to leave, but one day we will meet again. Be at rest, God is now holding on to you brother. Candelaria

  2. Amy and Kelsey,
    I am so sorry. Your family works so hard to help those around you that it is especially sad. The rescue community is here for you and happy to do whatever we can. You have always been here for us. On that thought and for a happy one to end on, Archie found his forever home. You were a part of making that possible.
    Take care. May God be with you. My sincere condolences.

  3. Amy and Kelsey, I'm praying for God to grant you both a divine measure of comfort. I'm also praying that LeRoy serves as a wake up call to those who take the pandemic lightly. May his passing spur more people to mask up! — Russ

  4. My brother Marine and Friend you will never be forgotten. Always looking out for others and one of the really great guys. My thought are with your family and with our friends.

    Thom Taylor
    USMC
    St. Louis, MO.

  5. Although we didn't say goodbye nor have a final salute.. your always in my
    thoughts, Brutha. I will always remember your contagious smile and how
    you had the ability to make us all laugh.. and at any time. Here's to you my
    friend, until we meet again on a barstool at Annie's.
    SEMPER FI MARINE..

  6. I believe that LeRoy left a beautiful legacy with all the students he touched over the years with his high expectations for their success.
    Amy and Kelsey will greatly mourn the loss of the third leg of their triad, but LeRoy will continue to educate through the exhortations to wear a mask and through the great work that will be supported at Starlight Outreach and Rescue.

  7. Even though I didn't know him I can tell from this obituary he was a great educator, father & husband. My heart goes out to all of you & the critters there at Starlight that will forever miss him.

  8. Amy and Kelsey, There are no words that are adequate at a time such as this. Know that you are loved and I am so very sorry for the loss of such a great man. Please accept my deepest sympathy.

  9. Amy and Kelsey, thank you for sharing Leroy with us in Alvin ISD. I can't think of the last meeting I attended that I didn't sit with him. He was always all in on what was good for kids, but he was also fun and never hesitated to share his thoughts and ideas. We will miss him so much, and I hope we continue to do work that would make him proud.

  10. Amy and Kelsey,
    I never met Leroy, but clearly he was a wonderful man and very loved by all who knew him. Sending you both hugs – and prayers for the strength to get through this difficult time.

  11. Angela Portis-Woodson

    My deepest condolences and thoughts to the family. Leroy was an amazing man, friend, and colleague. I pray that God will elevate your family and provide a peace that surpasses all understanding. I will miss his amazing presence and Alvin ISD students will miss his love of learning and life.

  12. Melissa (Bracksieck) Nitsche

    Amy…It saddens me to learn of Leroy's passing. We were friends and classmates in Edna, from the beginning until graduating in 1980. Even though we lost touch after high school, I will always remember him as a funny guy and a caring friend. Please know that I am sending you, your daughter, and everyone who knew and loved him, prayers of peace and comfort during this time of grieving. Taken too soon…RIP Leroy

  13. Dorina Lantella Martirano

    My dear friend LeRoy… you friendship got me thru the tough times of college years and I've never forgotten that … I can tell I'm not the only one to admire your leadership, loyalty and good humor. I am so glad that you stayed the person you were and became even a better version over the years. Wow. So many people's lives touched by you. What a great legacy my friend! Keep 'em laughing up there! <3 Semper Fi <3

  14. Amy and Kelsey,
    Lots of prayers from the Claydon family. May God hold you in his arms and give you a feeling of peace.

  15. Amy and Kelsey, my prayers go out to you and the rest of your family at this time. I had the honor of working with LeRoy during his time in Pasadena ISD at Jackson Intermediate School. I truly appreciate the time that I was able to spend talking with my friend over the past years as he served the Alvin ISD community. LeRoy was always someone I could reach out to for support and encouragement, and could always look forward to a good laugh or two. May God be well pleased with LeRoy and the blessings that he left with each one of us. I am thankful to Jesus for the opportunity to have gotten to share some time with this great Marine and Texas Educator, but most of all a caring and loving Father, Husband, Brother, and Friend.

  16. Amy. I am so sorry for your loss. I am holding you and your family in a very special prayer and in loving wishes these next few days and weeks. Your NSA friend,
    Beth Mund

  17. Stephanie Stephens

    May Leroy Castro Rest In Peace. May God comfort your hearts as you grieve the loss of your father and husband.

  18. Dear Castro family, I am heartbroken to hear of Leroy's battle with COVID. I taught with him at Disney Elementary and always admired his love and enthusiasm for helping his students reach their goals and touch their lives. He impacted so many and will always be missed.

  19. Amy, I'm so sorry for your loss. I can tell after reading this LeRoy was truly an amazing man. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  20. My sincere condolences on the loss of your husband, Amy. You and I worked on a project several years ago through Mary G. Although I did not have the pleasure of meeting LeRoy in person, I do appreciate that he was a cherished and significant part of your life. Speaking as one widow to another, my arm is around you, virtually, and I pray for comfort. Be blessed.
    Sheryl Parker

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