Esteban Olaez, Jr., passed away on Saturday, January 25, in Bergheim, TX. He was born in Leon, Guanajuato Mexico on August 3, 1915 to Esteban and Jesusita Sanchez Olaez, Sr. A Master Boot Maker by trade, he honorably served in the United States Army as a Tec 4 Orthopedic Mechanic with Medical Detachment 70th Station Hospital. Areas served North Africa, Naples-Fogga, Rome-Arno and Rhineland returned to the United Stated on the Ship S.S. Marine Panther which sailed from Marseille, France on 6 August 1945. Esteban is the last of his generation. Immigrating with his Mother, Father and brother Francisco in 1918. By 1923 they opened a Boot and Shoe repair shop Zapateria Cuauhtémoc located at 1314 W. Commerce near the Market Square. He remembers the cowboys with their horse’s and wagons. Often saying business was good. By the 1950 urban development arose so they relocated the shop to 539 US Old Highway 90 West, now using the Family name Olaez Boot Shop. Providing Custom made Boots/Leather goods and repair. Esteban closed the shop in 2000 at the age of 85. Until the closing of the shop he worked 6 days a week. His niece asked him what the secret to life was he responded. Always do things from your heart with love, always work hard and never envy anyone for anything they have and most of all always look towards God no matter what.
Esteban was a member of the Texas Disabled Veterans Association. The family would like to thank Alamo Hospice of Boerne, Texas Shelly, Susan, Bea, Erin and John. Your care and upmost respect for this national hero will always be remembered. He was preceded in death by his parents; 3 brothers, Francisco, Antonio, and Refugio; and 3 sisters, Carmen Olaez, Esperanza Castro, and Jesusita Medina. He is survived by 5 nieces, Patricia Burton and husband Donald, Rosario Cardenas and husband Thomas, Mary Sue Medina, Linda Olaez, Sylvia Lowry and husband James; 5 nephews, Steve Olaez and wife Martha, Fred Medina, Richard Olaez, David Olaez and wife Elaine, and Robert Olaez and wife Cheryl and numerous great-nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.