Samuel “Sammy” Lejia Rodriguez of Amarillo, Texas, gained his wings August 28, 2022. Sammy was born on September 18, 1960, to Domingo Rodriguez and Esmeralda Leija. He was the oldest of 15 children.
Sammy grew up in Uvalde, Texas. Growing up he had a passion for Lowrider cars and boxing. He loved all genres of music, especially Tejano. He had an amazing talent for playing the keyboard and accordion and had a wonderful voice. He loved to sing and dance. Sammy moved to Amarillo, Texas in the 80’s. During the 90’s, he played in a band named Grupo Diamante and eventually established his own band, Grupo Diluvio. He enjoyed the outdoors and traveling. Sammy was a man of many talents; carpentry, landscaping, fencing, as one would say a “Jack of All Trades.” Last but certainly not least, oh how he loved his Dallas Cowboys!
He was preceded in death by his parents, Esmeralda Leija and Domingo Rodriguez; two brothers, Santos and Scott Rodriguez, and sister Sylvia Rodriguez.
Left to cherish his memory are his five daughters, Sefra Estrada, Samantha Reyna, Stephanie Nevares, Berlinda Rodriguez and Audie Rodriguez; one son, Samuel S. Rodriguez; 13 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
We say goodbye to him knowing he is singing and dancing for and in the presence of Our Lord and Savior. We know he is greeting all of his loved ones with his famous words, “Hello, Hello, Hello!”
Sammy is already greatly missed by so many.
We will miss you”tio”
Say hi to grandma,tio Santos and Scott for me and help watch over my baby Maya
Till we see you again..it’s not good bye and it’s see u later..love u always
I will miss u. I enjoyed playing in the band with you. You were a friend and a dad to me. Until I met you. Me and Sammy jr are best friends until this day. One day we will all be together. Love you.
How I miss you Dad. I am so blessed to have been with you these past few months. I truly would not have done anything diffrent, but to be there with you. “Thank you”, is what you always told Sam and I , but truly we should be thanking you, for holding on as long as you did. I know that you are in a better place, and it gives me joy to know that you are up there with your siblings , your parents, and my mom, as well as my angel Alyssah. give them all a big hug and kiss. Till I see you again Dad, but for now I will keep you close to my heart and smile everytime I think of you.