Adolph E. Crixell 77, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 surrounded by his ever loving family. The second son of a pioneer Brownsville family, the union of Vicente Crixell Jr. and Gloria Leal Cardoza. Adolph was born in Brownsville, Texas on October 6, 1940.
Adolph was born to the family tradition of serving others. But he was also an innovator. In middle school he decided that the students needed representation. So he approached the Principal, Arnulfo Oliviera and he agreed, and so the Middle School Student Council was born. He served as it’s first President. All the while he was pursuing another passion, music, and learned to play the trumpet. Listening to the sweet tones come out of his horn would make you cry. In high school, he again served as Student Council President. He graduated with honors. His dilemma at graduation was that he loved pharmacy and the law. He decided on pharmacy because he said he could do many good things for many people every hour of the day.
He worked himself through pharmacy school at the University of Texas. He was a member of Kappa Psi honorary pharmacy fraternity and many other campus organizations. Upon graduation as a pharmacist, he embarked on a career that spanned fifty plus years. He served as a clinic pharmacist for the NIX group in San Antonio, as a professional sales representative for Abbott Laboratories and as a community pharmacist in Brownsville. His passion for service grew and he adopted the tenet “Service to humanity is the best Work of Life”. He was a member of the Brownsville Jaycees and was nominated president. A member of the Brownsville Chamber of Commerce and various other civic, fraternal, professional and political organizations. His long term service to the Brownsville Planning and Zoning Commission, where he served as chairman gave birth to many innovations that are still in effect today.
He was an exemplary son, brother, husband, father, uncle, grandfather, and friend.
Perhaps the lyrics of the Poem “The Quest” written by Darion Joseph and Leigh Mitch, for the musical “Man from the Mancha” best describes Adolph’s approach to life.
To dream the impossible dream,
To fight the unbeatable foe,
To bear with unbearable sorrow,
To run where the brave dare not go.
To right the unrightable wrong,
To love pure and chaste from afar,
To try when your arms are too weary,
To reach the unreachable star.
This is my quest,
To follow that star
No matter how hopeless,
No matter how far.
To fight for the right
Without question or pause,
To be willing to march
Into hell for a heavenly cause.
And I know if I'll only be true
To this glorious quest
That my heart will be peaceful and calm
When I'm laid to my rest.
And the world will be better for this,
That one man scorned and covered with scars
Still strove with his last ounce of courage.
To fight the unbeatable foe.
To reach the unreachable star.
Adolph is survived by his wife Gloria A Crixell, brother Vincent L. Crixell (Martha), daughter Annette Camacho (Alex), step son Albert Ray Zepeda ( Lisa). Grandchildren: Natalia and Daniela Camacho, Alejandra Ramirez, Jonathon, Jacob, and Juliette Zepeda. Nieces: Viveca Serafy (Nicholas), Monique Keller ( Roger), Laurette Kirby, and Patrice McAllister (Chad).
He is preceded in death by parents: Vicente Crixell Jr. and Gloria Cardoza Crixell and his step daughter, Christine Zepeda Ramirez.
Services for Adolph will be Friday, September 21, 2018:
Visitation 11:00 am – 5:30 pm @Darling Mouser Funeral Home. Rosary: 7:00 – 8:00 pm @ St. Mary Catholic Church.
Saturday, September 22, 2018 – Visitation 8:00 – 12:30 pm. Funeral Mass at 1:00-2:00 @St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Buena Vista Burial Park, 5 McDavitt Blvd., Brownsville, Texas 78521. Honored to serve as pallbearers are Nick Serafy, Emilio Crixell, Jim Crixell, Westin Kirby, Jacob A. Zepeda and Ricco Juarez. Honorary pallbearers are Alex Camacho and Albert Ray Zepeda.
I never had the pleasure of meeting Adolph, but was so glad to get to know Gloria when she spent time in Oak Park. My heartfelt sympathy to all.
Helen GilmoreOak Park, IL
I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Crixell’s passing. He was a good, kind and fair man. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all. God bless you and may he Rest In Peace. 💕
Romie CortezBrownsville, TX
Adolph, you truly loved the Brownsville community and I learned a lot from you while we served on the Planning and Zoning Commission. May you rest in the Lord's presence in His Grace and Peace. My heartfelt condolences to Gloria and your family.
Daniel GarciaPittsburgh, PA
Rest in peace, Adolph. Sincere condolences to his family. God bless you.
Leticia BarrentineDenver, NC
Rest in peace Adolph, I always enjoyed talking with you during family gatherings...our sincere condolences to the Crixell Family
Zeke & Paris Balboa
Zeke BalboaWashington DC, TX
A good man gone too soon.
viola roblesbrownsville, TX
We have done the walk, and the work. Your time to rest has come. Mine will too, down the road..
Rest in Peace brother.
PERFECTO GARCIA R.Ph.BROWNSVILLE, TX
It was a pleasure working with u Mr. Crixell. U will be missed. My condolences to the family. May u rest in peace.
Brenda RubioBrownsville, TX
Our sincere condolences to the family. May he rest in peace.
Andy & Olivia VegaBrownsville, TX
Rest in Peace my friend. We have good memories with you.
Our deepest condolescenes to Gloria and Annentte. You will be missed.
Tony & Lucy VillarrealSAN ANTONIO, TX
My deepest condolescences to the family.
Maria Elena GomezBrownsville, TX
May he Rest In Peace. My most sincere condolences to Gloria and all his loved ones.
Elvia Saldivar CecilMagnolia, TX