Lee Hurtado (November 9, 1971 to March 5, 2018)
Lee Hurtado, a local writer who penned screenplays and stage productions, maintained a blog and co-wrote a book about Morgan's Wonderland, among other works, died Monday after battling colon cancer since 2016.
He was 46.
A longtime movie buff with an encyclopedic knowledge of pop culture, Hurtado was raised in San Antonio, graduating from Keystone School in 1990 before attending Tulane University on full scholarship and graduating in 1993.
Hurtado also went on to earn a master's degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
A movie fan from a young age, Hurtado wrote his first review when he was 5.
"He saw 'Star Wars' and wrote a two-page review," his sister Lisa Stuart said. "When we were younger, he would read (Express-News television columnist) Jeanne Jakle's column every week ... loved 'Siskel and Ebert,'" a popular television show featuring movie critics Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel. A dedicated follower of the sci-fi TV show "Doctor Who," Hurtado "gravitated toward its message of kindness, decency and being good to other people," said longtime friend and fellow fan Ross Ruediger. "That was Lee to a T --- he was more Doctor Who than Doctor Who was at times."
It was after Hurtado met his best friend through Myspace in 2006 that he started producing more writing, and ventured out more.
"We became instant friends," said his best friend, Nikki Young. "He was brilliant online, knew great music and great movies, but had not gone out to experience the music and movies; I wanted him to have those experiences."
Inseparable almost from the start, Hurtado was encouraged by Young to try different types of writing. She eventually hired him to work at her multimedia marketing company PrimaDonna Productions.
"Writing was his ultimate passion, and he first truly explored that passion through ... PrimaDonna," his sister Sarah Delgado said.
Hurtado met close friend, writer and director Scott McDowell, after attending shows at the Overtime Theater.
"Lee's laughter was unique," McDowell said. "And for about four years, I wrote for that laugh alone; it was something that became part of the soundtrack of this little stage show I did."
Raised a Catholic, Hurtado had more recently been attending Asbury Methodist Church.
"Every time I went over, he always asked me to pray," Delgado said. "He was a strong Christian believer."
Liborio "Lee" Raul Hurtado, 46, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, March 5, 2018 after a brave fight with cancer. He is now in total and complete peace.
Lee was born to Raul and Jo-Ann Hurtado on November 9, 1971 in San Antonio, Texas. He was a precocious child who was reading books by the age of three, and he always amazed his parents and relatives with his early intelligence. Throughout his childhood and school years, he also enjoyed reading books, watching movies, listening to music, and Star Wars.
He graduated from Keystone School in '90, and received a full ride scholarship to Tulane University, where he graduated in '93 with a Bachelor of Arts in English. He moved from New Orleans to Austin to attend the University of Texas, where he received his Master of Arts in English. After his graduation, he began living and working in San Antonio, where he also became involved in various music and arts organizations. He worked with dear friends at PrimaDonna Productions, volunteered with the Texas Music Coalition, and enjoyed making short films through the 48 Hour Film Project. He co-wrote a stage production, "GLAAD To Know You" that was performed at his favorite local theater, the Overtime. The more he became involved in his local theater, arts, and filmmaking scene, the more people he met, and many became life-long friends.
Lee also joined Doctor Who groups and attending their yearly convention (Gallifrey One) was always the highlight of his year. Lee never met someone who wasn't a friend. He loved and treasured everyone he met as if they were family and was always available to be a listening ear for anyone going through difficult times. This didn't stop when he began his cancer fight; even during his own times of struggle, he still worried about others more than he did about himself. Lee had the ultimate servant's heart, and enjoyed serving his community in different areas, namely Morgan's Wonderland, the theme park accessible to people of all ages and abilities. He spent many happy days there, working with children in summer camps and writing stage productions that were performed at the park.
He volunteered in his local church community and enjoyed attending Asbury United Methodist every Sunday with a cupcake and coffee in hand. Lee adored his "Rockstar" parents and enjoyed introducing them to his favorite shows - M*A*S*H, Batman, and Mission Impossible. One of his parent's fondest memories was watching Jeopardy with Lee. He was a wealth of trivia knowledge and would guess answers faster than any of his family members could.
He was also a proud big brother to three - Lisa, Christopher and Sarah. He grew up side by side with Lisa, and they were virtually inseparable. Despite the large difference in age between Lee and Lisa and their youngest siblings, they were always close. Lee enjoyed discussing movies and having root beer tastings with his brother, and lovingly teasing his two "dumb sisters". He was also an uncle to a niece and two nephews that he loved to brag about.
Lee had a gentle soul, a kind heart and a giving spirit. He would have given the shirt off his back to anyone that needed it. He experienced joy through giving to others, whether it was through personalized Christmas and birthday gifts or through the gift of his time and presence. He had a warm, sweet smile, and a laugh that was unique and instantly identifiable. His laugh made people want to laugh, too, and brought happiness and joy to whatever room he was in.
Lee was an accomplished writer, and his legacy of writing runs deep and will be treasured always. His loyalty, decency, and kindness were beyond compare, and he will be forever missed until we meet him once again in Heaven.
Lee was survived by his parents, Raul and Jo-Ann Hurtado; sister Lisa Stuart and her husband Doug, brother Christopher Hurtado and longtime partner Amanda Jeffries, and his sister Sarah Delgado and her husband Carlos. He was also survived by a niece, Penelope Stuart, nephews Joaquin and Thomas Stuart, and countless loved aunts, uncles, cousins, relatives and friends. Lee's family would like to thank every nurse at the START Cancer Treatment Center for how wonderfully they cared for him.
Services: Celebration of life from 4 to 7 p.m. March 25 at Morgan's Wonderland events center, 5223 David Edwards Drive
Doris "Judy" Hagen
October 24, 1927 - February 27, 2018
Doris "Judy" Hagen passed away on February 27, 2018 in San Antonio. She was born on October 24, 1927 to Mary Thomason and LaMar Foster on a farm near West Branch, Iowa. Judy attended the University of Iowa and was a proud Hawkeye. She was a dedicated Army wife and mother of five that included two sets of twins born 13 months apart. She taught PE at Fort Sam Houston Elementary for 25 years and was well loved by her students and fellow teachers. Judy was very active in the San Antonio Community, appearing in numerous productions throughout the city, her favorite role was "Bloody Mary" in South Pacific. She was a member of the Conservation Society where she volunteered in Clown Alley at NIOSA for 30 years. Judy was a member of St. Andrews UMC for 50 years and loved singing in the choir. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, LaMar Jr. and Derrold Foster. Judy is survived by her children S. Foster Hagen and his wife, Mary, Michael Hagen and his wife, Theresa, Mark Hagen and his wife, Karen, Susan Mace and her husband, John, and Elizabeth Larsen and her husband, Jay; grandchildren, Alexa Hagen, Phillip Hagen and his wife, Kaylee, Jake Larsen, and Grace Larsen; great grandchildren, Landon Ruggeberg, Heidi Hagen; her two sisters, Mary Jeanette Turnbull and Audrey Rex; and numerous nieces and nephews.
SATURDAY, MARCH 17, 2018
ST. ANDREW'S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
722 ROBINHOOD PLACE
Rev. Michael Crocker will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St Andrews United Methodist Church or San Antonio Conservation Society.
(December 1, 2017)
January 26, 1966 - February 19, 2018
A dear friend of the San Antonio Theater Community passed away on Feb. 19. Ryan Bonn was a frequent performer and star on San Antonio stages and appeared on the 'Star Search' TV reality show.
Ryan Keith Bonn, age 52, of Kerrville, passed away on February 19, 2018 at his residence . He was born in San Antonio on January 26, 1966, and adopted by James and Etta P. (Polly) Bonn of San Antonio when he was 10 days old.
Ryan attended University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio and, in 1990, American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in New York. He worked as a singer, actor, pianist most of his life and studied voice with Paul Gavert and acting with Betty Buckley among others. Ryan was a genius musician who taught himself to play piano and sight read, and to accompany himself and other singers. In 1994 Ryan won "Star Search" two weeks in a row. He was in musicals Off Broadway, Summer Stock and Regional Theatre, including Tony in WEST SIDE STORY, Jesus in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, Pippin in PIPPIN, the Tin Man in THE WIZARD OF OZ and Freddie in MY FAIR LADY. In Kerrville, Ryan portrayed Frankenfurter, in THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW at Schreiner University, and was Music Director for 9 TO 5 at the Point. Since 2013 Ryan was Music Director for PTBT Productions and played piano and sang in three concerts of "A Diva & A Dude".
Ryan is survived by his parents of Helotes, his 'newly adopted mother' Joan C. Bryson and his dog Roxie of Kerrville, and myriad friends and fans.
An open house memorial will be held and hosted by Joan Bryson at 131 Four Bears Trail, Kerrville, Texas on March 10, 2018 at 2-8 pm. You are invited to come for as long as able. Memorial contributions may be given to ASPCA.
A quote from Jasmina Wellinghoff’s review of Ryan’s performance at Alamo City Theater at the Josephine in San Antonio perhaps mirrors Ryan’s complex and beautiful internal world in that through his songwriting and soul bearing performances he was never afraid to explore “themes of regret, loneliness and fragility of love and life, as he creates intensely resonant ballads that appeal to both the heart and mind.”
Mark Anthony Hall
May 2, 1962 - September 13, 2017
Mark was a singer and actor originally from San Antonio, Texas and has enjoyed a 20+ year career as an actor and singer, sharing his gifts around the world!
His professional credits include operatic debuts that have taken him to some of the world's most renowned opera houses from Augusta to Zürich. Some of his memorable roles include Coalhouse Walker, Jr in "Ragtime", Fred in "Smokey Joe's Cafe", The Chimney Man in "Jelly's Last Jam", and Mister in Oprah Winfrey's "The Color Purple." His most recent performance was in The Renaissance Guild's production of "Watch Your Step: The Men of Eastwood".
Some of his television credits includes: The West Wing, General Hospital, All About The Andersons, Drake & Josh. An accomplished professional, he was a member to numerous performance unions: AEA, AGMA, SAG, and AFTRA.
He departed this world far too soon and his love and talents will be missed.
Services were held: Wednesday, September 20, 2017
3023 Martin Luther King
San Antonio, Texas USA 78220
Burial: Meadowlawn Funeral Home & Crematory
5611 E. Houston St.
San Antonio, TX US 78220
Mark was my student at Sam Houston HS. The proud Class of 1980. The thing that I have never forgotten about him was that he was always so genuine and engaged. He was fine man.
Nicki Roberson, Producer
Full Circle Theatre & Productions
He was a wonderful artist and performer.