Freer snake handler died doing ‘what he beloved most’

FREER, Texas — On Saturday, Freer resident Eugene DeLeon Sr., died at age 60 from accidents associated to a rattlesnake chunk on the Rattlesnake Roundup in Freer.

“All I can say is that my dad handed on, doing what he beloved probably the most,” mentioned Blanca Treviño, DeLeon Sr.’s daughter.

Treviño mentioned her father began dealing with snakes on the age of 18.

He all the time placed on exhibits with snakes, she mentioned, even when they had been just for a few relations.

Treviño recalled a time final yr, the place her household requested him to carry snakes on a visit for them to indicate off.

“The entire block, the neighbors got here, took photos with the snakes, took movies with him displaying,” she mentioned. “It was his pleasure possession, snakes had been his pleasure possession.”

Treviño mentioned her father knew the danger related to coping with harmful animals, but it surely was his ardour.

“My dad is my hero. He’s the bravest man that I knew, to deal with these types of harmful beings. To me, as a daughter, it’s a blessing to know somebody who was courageous sufficient to deal with one thing like this,” she mentioned.

He shared that keenness, and grew the eagerness, alongside his son.

“One yr, my brother began, and my dad’s ardour with my brother began to develop between them,” Treviño mentioned.

DeLeon Sr. had been dealing with snakes on the Rattlesnake Roundup for the final six years.

Treviño mentioned regardless of what occurred, she is grateful to everybody concerned within the Roundup for permitting her father to take part.

“His largest dream on the planet was to return again, present for his group, and be happy with what he did,” she mentioned.

Treviño mentioned her father was bitten twice within the shoulder space. In keeping with Elda E. Sanchez, the director of the Nationwide Pure Toxins Analysis Middle at Texas A&M-Kingsville, the rattlesnake’s venom causes main bleeding within the physique.

The truth that the bites had been in that location, they made them extra lethal, she mentioned.

“There appears to be much more hassle, as a consequence of main arteries, and the truth that these toxins can journey to the mind and trigger injury to the mind and the lungs,” Sanchez mentioned.

There was no anti-venom on the Rattlesnake Roundup, as anti-venom is simply in a position to be administered by a medical skilled.

Sanchez mentioned hospitals within the U.S. have one among two anti-venoms obtainable to deal with North American snake bites, and the venom will not be able to administer.

“They’ve to arrange the anti-venom,” Sanchez mentioned. “It relies upon what sort of anti-venom they’ve. They’ve to attend for the reconstitution to happen, then they’re given the anti-venom.”

Funeral providers for DeLeon Sr. shall be held at Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Dwelling in San Diego on Could 7, from 3-9 p.m.

Treviño mentioned the household is gathering donations to assist pay for the funeral bills. Donations will be made to the Garcia Funeral Dwelling.

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