El Paso, Texas - Funeral arrangements have been made for longtime El Paso public address announcer and educator Paul Strelzin, who passed away this weekend. Visitation and a Rosary will be held Wednesday, May 1 at Queen of Peace Parish followed by a funeral mass Thursday, May 2 at Queen of Peace, with the burial to take place at Memorial Gardens in Santa Teresa following the mass. All is open to the public. Details:
Queen of Peace Parish
1551 Belvidere, El Paso, TX 79912. Phone: (915) 584-5817
Wednesday, May 1:
6:00pm-9:00pm: Visitation with the Rosary at 7:00pm at Queen of Peace Parish
Thursday, May 2
10:00am: Funeral at Queen of Peace Parish, and the burial will follow the mass at Memorial Gardens in Santa Teresa
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to:
El Paso Center for Children
2200 N. Stevens St., El Paso, Texas 79930
Hero Sports Academy
Strelzin passed away in his sleep, Saturday, April 27 in the morning at his home.
Strelzin was born in Brooklyn, New York and came to El Paso in 1967 to begin a teaching career. Not long after, he began his sports announcing career at UTEP track meets.
Strelzin was best known as an announcer for UTEP football and basketball, and was also an announcer for Diablos baseball, the El Paso Buzzards and the El Paso Patriots soccer team.
It was his time announcing Diablos baseball games where he earned his nickname, "The Mouth."
John Teicher, know as the, "Voice of the Miners," remembers Strelzin fondly.
"Probably a guy that was ahead of is time. Paul was very very colorful at the motor, did a terrific job for UTEP, very, very popular guy at the home games creating interest for UTEP football and basketball," said Teicher.
Steve Haskins, son of Don Haskins, also has memories of Strelzin.
"He was loud and we liked it, we love it. I know my dad loved it. I think Paul Strelzin will always have a place in El Pasoans' hearts," Haskins said.
Strelzin also had a morning radio show on local radio station KROD-AM.
He was inducted into the El Paso Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.
Strelzin leaves behind a wife, three daughters and four grandchildren.