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Lawrence "Poppy" Ybarra, Jr.
February 21, 1940 ~ September 16, 2023 (age 83) 83 Years Old
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LEAGUE CITY – Early Saturday morning on September 16, 2023, in Webster, Texas less than two years after the passing of the love of his life, Lawrence “Poppy” Ybarra, Jr. joined hands with his loving wife once again through the gates of Heaven to his eternal place.
Born February 21, 1940, in Galveston, Mr. Ybarra was a resident of League City since 2018, previously of California and Galveston. Lawrence proudly served his country in the United States Army and attended Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. He was a truck driver and enjoyed hunting, fishing and traveling.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Justina “MeMe” Ybarra; parents, Lawrence and Juanita (Flores) Ybarra, Sr.; brothers, Robert Ybarra, Sr., Mike Ybarra, Richard Ybarra, Sr.; sister, Beatrice Isabell Ybarra; nephew, Michael Ybarra; niece, Tricia Ybarra.
He leaves behind 5 children, Janie and husband, Mike Shuptar, Steve and wife, Alice Ybarra, Tina Ybarra, Anita Ybarra, Mark and wife, Monique Ybarra; grandchildren, Adam Shuptar, Cassandra Shuptar, Mark Brown, Jr., Candace Brown, Haylea Brown, Taylor Ann Michelle Ezelle, Garette Ybarra; 12 great-grandchildren.
His family moved to California after his first child was born where he was employed by the railroad company and later PMT. He and his wife proceeded to have four more children before moving back to Texas in 1977 to be closer to family. Once back in Texas, he worked for and retired from Amoco.
Poppy believed in family, often spending his weekends with his brothers. This led to family gatherings where stories were shared of the many shenanigans between him and his siblings while growing up in Galveston. Poppy was often seen at the bar-b-q pit in his tan shorts, his white towel, and beer in hand that started before dawn and ended when “the freeway was closing”.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 26, 2023, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church with Reverend David Harris, Celebrant. Interment will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, September 28, 2023, at Hayes Grace Memorial Park.
Casketbearers will be Adam Shuptar, Mike Shuptar, Garrett Ybarra and Mark Brown, Jr. Honorary bearers will be Carter Coluccini and Robert Castillo.
Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Monday, September 25, 2023, at Hayes Funeral Home, 10412 Highway 6, (409) 925-3501, a rosary will follow recited by Mr. Don LeCompte.