Henry Mathias Rodriguez passed away Sunday, February, 19, 2017. He was a junior at Discovery Canyon High School in Colorado Springs.
Henry was born on June 25, 2000 to Ernest Henry and Karen Gwen (Jones) Rodriguez in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was raised in a military family with his sister, Grace Rodriguez, and they were part of a traveling circus along with cats, dogs, and a goldfish. Together they moved across the country to three different states by the time he was three years old, before returning to Colorado in 2006.
Henry fell in love with rugby at the age of 11 and played with the Northern Colorado Springs Falcons and later the Colorado Springs Grizzlies High School Rugby Club. He was co-captain of this year’s Grizzlies team. He was also honored to play on the Colorado All State team and the U-18 Glendale Raptors. Henry loved the outdoors and enjoyed rafting through the Grand Canyon in the summertime.
He is survived by his parents, Ernie and Gwen; his sister, Grace; his grandparents: Karen Jones and Ernie Rodriguez and Jean Wong; his aunt Dawn Miller; his uncle and aunt Craig and Stephanie Jones; his uncle John Rodriguez; by numerous cousins and great aunts and great uncles and many, many friends. Henry was preceded in death by his brother, Elias Giddens Rodriguez.
A visitation will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. with a memorial service to follow at 2:30 p.m. at New Life Church, The Theater, 11025 Voyager Parkway. Inurnment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Henry’s name may be made to Grand Canyon Youth (GCYouth.org) or to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (afsp.org).