Robert Newton Alanis, husband, father, grandfather, insurance professional and aspiring professional musician, carpenter, golfer and gardener died on Wednesday, Oct. 21. 2020, from COVID-19.
Robert was born at Fort Sam Houston, Texas in Bexar County to Daniel Cerda Alanis Jr. and Frances Augusta Polvogt.
He was one of five boys. As the middle child in the family, he grew up in Bandera, Texas and enjoyed fishing, camping and mastering the piano.
He graduated from Bandera High School and then attended North Texas University, receiving a business degree in insurance.
While at North Texas during the fall of 1968, Robert met the love of his life, Victoria Torti, on a blind date. They hit it off immediately and spent the night dancing and laughing.
After a whirlwind romance, the two were engaged and married in the fall of 1969 in Dallas, Texas.
Robert taught himself guitar and became the lead singer in his college band, Them What’s Got. Robert never lost his love of music, and he later was able to share that passion with his children and grandchildren.
To them, he was a provider, a teacher, a mentor and on occasion, Santa Claus. He taught his boys to camp, fish, shoot, swim and ski in the hills, lakes and mountains of Texas, New Mexico and Colorado.
Robert carried his love for the outdoors to his own backyard, which he transformed into a lush and tropical paradise affectionately nicknamed “Texawaii.”
Robert became known as “BD” to his five grandchildren. To them, “BD” was larger than life and could show them how to do pretty much anything.
Robert and Victoria were married for 51 years and traveled the world together. They spent their 50th anniversary in London and Paris, still experiencing the same whirlwind romance they shared since the beginning.
They celebrated their 51st anniversary while Robert was ill with COVID-19. Despite his illness , Robert sent Victoria a glorious bouquet of roses on their anniversary.
When shown a picture of Victoria next to her roses, Robert, ever the romantic, responded, “Beautiful – the girl.”
Robert, who lived in Arlington, was preceded in death by his parents and youngest brother, Bruce Clarke Alanis of Hondo, Texas.
He is survived by his wife Victoria, his sons Paul and Mark, his grandchildren Parker, Tanner, Carter, Owen and Kate, and three of his brothers Daniel Cerda Alanis III of Lakehills, Texas, John L. Alanis of Tucson, Arizona, and Randle “Randy” L. Alanis of Bandera, Texas, as well as a large extended family of loved nephews, nieces and cousins.
He will be in our hearts forever.
Services will be held Thursday, Oct. 29, at Shannon Rose Hill Funeral Chapel and Cemetery, 7301 Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth, Texas, 76112.
The family requests any donations be made to Samaritan’s Purse at http://samaritanpurse.org.