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Friday, June 14, 2024

Alex Anthony Castaneda

Alex Anthony Castaneda
Alex Anthony Castaneda

Alex Castaneda (70) passed away peacefully on May 13, 2024, at his home surrounded by family and loved ones.

Alex leaves behind his wife Debbie, daughter Rickie, and sons Michael (Mindee), Johnie Presley (Stacye) and grandson Logan.

Alex was born on May 25, 1953, in Jersey City, NJ to Aurea Marrero and Alex Castaneda before moving to Hollywood, FL. He graduated from McArthur High School where he played football and ran track. He walked on to the football team at Concord College in West Virginia where he proved himself to be a star wide receiver. Shortly after graduation and marriage to Debbie he moved to Ocala, FL where he began his teaching and coaching career.

He started at Lake Weir High School and eventually transferred to Vanguard High School and West Port High School then back to Vanguard where he retired. He was awarded West Port High School Teacher of the Year and Golden Apple Teacher in 2001. He always saw the best in people and gave his heart to his students and players. He strived to not only be a teacher, but a mentor in their lives, pushing them to chase their dreams and achieve their goals.

While a champion in the classroom, it was the football field where he left his true legacy. Having been raised by a single mom, Alex took it upon himself to be more than a coach and mentor to his player but also a father figure. His home was always open to all players, and he supported them on every level, taking the time to make sure his players had all the tools they needed to navigate and succeed in life.

He took great pride, as many of them became upstanding individuals on and off the field, but most importantly became excellent fathers to their children. He had a great love for family, friends and community. He was a loving husband, father and coach who was blessed to have impacted so many lives over the years. He will be greatly missed but never forgotten.

A celebration of life for Alex will take place on June 29, 2024, with a venue and time TBD.