OBITUARY: Hernando “Zuby” Zubeldia


Hernando “Nando” Zubeldia had a heart of a champion and was known for his zest for life and loved experiencing new adventures. Every time Nando would walk into the room he would light up the room with his mere presence. He enjoyed water skiing and frequently visiting the coast. He dearly loved his family, friends, co-workers, and medical staff.

Hernando “Nando” Zubeldia was born on September 24, 1956 in Pecos, Texas to Herminia Herrera Casillas of Pecos, Texas and Federico Zubeldia of Mexico City, Mexico. He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his loving wife Donna Zubeldia of Granite Shoals, Texas whom he married on January 30, 2015.

Donna stood by her husband, loved and graciously cared for him until his last breath during his fight with ALS. Nando is also survived by his daughter Consuelo Zubeldia and her soon to be husband Alex Flores of Hutto, Texas along with her mother Carolyn Salinas of Round Rock, Texas.  

He also has three step children Stephanie Carlson of Granite Shoals, Texas, Becca Sundberg of Granite Shoals, Texas, and Stephen Bates of San Diego, California. Nando is survived by his siblings Grace Hill and her husband Dean of Willow, Alaska, Javier Zubeldia and his wife Ana of Chino, California, Sergio Zubeldia and his wife Anita of Pecos, Texas, Virginia Garcia and her husband Alex of Plano, Texas, Blanca Roman and her husband Louie of Pecos, Texas, and Joseph Rothman of Houston, Texas.  

He also has numerous nieces, nephews and grandchildren that all loved and enjoyed spending time with Nando.   

Nando attended Pecos High School, and shortly after graduation in Sept of 1977 he joined the Pennzoil Sulfur Company where he worked for 21 years.  While at Pennzoil he served as a Drilling Supervisor for 14 of those years.  Nando resided in Carlsbad, New Mexico from 1981-1999 with his family.  

In 1999 Nando relocated his wife and daughter to the Austin area where he joined the Pedernales Electric Cooperation (PEC) in Cedar Park, Texas where he served as an Operator II for 17 years until he was forced into retirement as a result of his ALS diagnosis. 

For 5 years of his life, Nando joined and was an active member of the Bible Study Fellowship International in Austin and Round Rock where he would go out and minister the word of God to others in need. 

As an active member of this ministry, Nando would often spend his free time feeding and clothing the homeless. He felt a calling on his life to spread the Gospel even though during his last year in service with this ministry he was in a wheelchair and could barely stay for a full bible study lesson.  

Nando was a true fighter and warrior for Jesus in his latter days even as he fought his illness. Every person that would visit him would hear his testimony as he would minister the word of God. 

His favorite scripture he lived by is Colossians 3:17 “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.”

Services were held at the Cook-Walden Chapel of the Hills Funeral home in Austin, Texas. Tuesday April 25th followed by his burial at Cook-Walden Capital Parks Cemetery in Pflugerville, Texas. His wife requests that donations be made on his behalf to the ALS Foundation.