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Pedro Paz Rocha

June 29, 1954 ~ October 21, 2020 (age 66)

Obituary

Pedro Paz Rocha, 66, of Camiri, Bolivia, died October 21, 2020, in his Bixby home surrounded by his loving family.

Mr. Rocha was born June 29, 1954, in Camiri, Bolivia, to Francisco Paz Montano and Paula Rocha Rojas. He was welcomed by his three older siblings Carmen, Rolando, Eugenio, and followed by his younger sibling Jose Efrain. In his youth, Pedro would form an early love for farming and cultivating land as well as playing soccer. This certainly seemed to carry on throughout his life- a man who loved agriculture, animals, and the outdoors.

Pedro attended and graduated from Gabriel Rene Moreno High School in Camiri, Bolivia, where he played varsity soccer. He would later join the Bolivian Military where he served his country for 2 years. Pedro would later work in the Bolivian oil fields. His sister Carmen was first to find The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Bolivia and would influence her brother Pedro to join the church.

Pedro would then move to the United States to further his education. He attended and graduated with a degree in Accounting & Business Management from Stevens-Henager College in Ogden, Utah. Shortly after graduating college he moved to Provo, Utah where he attended a Spanish Branch. It was at a New Year’s Eve church dance where he met Evangelina Santos. It was here where they shared a dance and sometime later they met again and began dating. Six months later they were married and sealed at the Salt Lake City Temple on Friday, June 21, 1985.

This couple started their journey making their home in Provo, Utah and would welcome their daughter, Vangie, two years later. Followed by their son, Louis. They would soon move to Tulsa, Oklahoma in the year 1991 and two years later welcome their son, Shawn.

Pedro was a wonderful father who loved his children dearly. He enjoyed building their relationships through early morning breakfasts, enjoying the outdoors such as camping or fishing with his sons, dancing and singing with his daughter, watching movies, listening to music, working together in the family business, family get-togethers, trips and cookouts.

Pedro would be a business owner throughout his career and even in retirement continued to work and provide for his family. When he wasn’t working he would be found in the backyard of his home doing what enjoyed most which is gardening, chopping fire-wood, raising his chickens, planting flowers for his wife, he loved to grill, and would often do so for his family.

Pedro was a loving husband, father, Tata(grandpa), brother, uncle, and friend. He always wanted to make those around him feel happy and would generously give and serve others.

Pedro will certainly be missed by those who knew and loved him. His battle has now been won as he has now joined his Savior Jesus Christ and those who have gone on before him including; his parents and brother, Eugenio.

He is survived by: his loving and dedicated wife of 35 years, Evangelina Rocha; his daughter Vangie Marie Arellano (Rocha) and his son-in-law Miguel Arellano; his sons Louis S. Rocha and Shawn McKay Rocha and daughter-in-law Bella Jerusalen Rocha; his grandchildren Evaria and Ivar; his sister Carmen Torrico; his brothers Rolando Rocha and Jose Efrain Rocha. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.



Spanish Translation

Pedro Paz Rocha, de 66 años, de Camiri, Bolivia, murió el 21 de Octubre de 2020 en su casa de Bixby rodeado de su amada familia.

El señor Rocha nació el 29 de Junio de 1954 en Camiri, Bolivia, de Francisco Paz Montano y Paula Rocha Rojas. Fue recibido por sus tres hermanos mayores Carmen, Rolando, Eugenio y seguido por su hermano menor José Efraín. En su juventud, Pedro desarrolló un amor temprano por la agricultura y el cultivo de la tierra, además de jugar al fútbol. Esto ciertamente pareció continuar durante toda su vida: un hombre que amaba la agricultura, los animales y el aire libre en el campo.

Pedro asistió y se graduó de la secundaria Gabriel Rene Moreno, donde jugó fútbol por el equipo oficial de su colegio. Más tarde se unió a las Fuerzas Armadas Bolivianas donde sirvió a su país durante 2 años honorablemente. Pedro trabajaría más tarde en los campos petroleros. Su hermana Carmen fue la primera en encontrar y servir una misión para La Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de los Últimos Días en Bolivia e influiría en su hermano Rolando y luego Pedro para que se uniera a la iglesia.

Pedro luego emigraría a los Estados Unidos para continuar su educación. Asistió y se graduó con un título en Contador de Stevens-Henager College en Ogden, Utah. Poco después de graduarse de la universidad se mudó a Provo, Utah, donde asistió a una rama Latina. Fue en una fiesta de Año Nuevo de la iglesia donde conoció a Evangelina Santos. Fue aquí donde compartieron un baile y tiempo después se volvieron a encontrar y empezó un noviazgo. Seis meses después se casaron y sellaron en el Templo de Salt Lake City el viernes 21 de Junio de 1985.

Esta pareja comenzó su vida de casado estableciendo su hogar en Provo, Utah y recibiría a su hija, Vangie Marie, dos años después. Seguido por su hijo, Louis. Pronto se mudaron a Tulsa, Oklahoma en el año 1991 y dos años más tarde tendrían a su hijo, Shawn.

Pedro era un padre maravilloso que amaba mucho a sus hijos. Disfrutaba construyendo sus relaciones a través de desayunos temprano en la mañana, disfrutando de la naturaleza como acampar o pescar con sus hijos, bailar y cantar con su hija, ver películas, escuchar música, trabajar juntos en el negocio familiar, reuniones familiares, viajes y churrascos.

Pedro sería dueño de un negocio a lo largo de su carrera e incluso después de su jubilación continuó trabajando y proveyendo a su familia. Cuando no estaba trabajando, lo encontraban en el patio trasero de su casa haciendo lo que le gustaba hacer en el jardín, cortando leña, criando gallinas, y plantando flores para su esposa. Le encantaba asar carne y, a menudo, lo hacía por su familia.

Pedro fue un amoroso esposo, padre, Tata (abuelo), hermano, tío y amigo. Siempre quiso hacer que quienes lo rodeaban se sintieran felices y daría y serviría generosamente a los demás.

Sin duda, Pedro será extrañado por quienes lo conocieron y amaron. Su batalla ahora ha sido ganada ya que ahora se ha unido a su Salvador Jesucristo y aquellos que han pasado antes que él, incluidos; sus padres y su hermano, Eugenio.

Le sobreviven: su amada y dedicada esposa durante 35 años, Evangelina Rocha; su hija Vangie Marie Arellano (Rocha) y su yerno Miguel Arellano; sus hijos Louis S. Rocha y Shawn McKay Rocha y su nuera Bella Jerusalen Rocha; sus nietos Evaria e Ivar; su hermana Carmen Torrico; sus hermanos Rolando Rocha y Jose Efrain Rocha. También le sobreviven numerosas y queridos sobrinas, sobrinos, primos, otros parientes y amigos.




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Services

Visitation
Friday
October 23, 2020

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
RiverCrest Chapel and Event Center
13329 S. Memorial Dr.
Bixby, OK 74008

Funeral
Saturday
October 24, 2020

10:00 AM
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
12110 E. Seventh Street
Tulsa, OK 74128

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