Muggins Ruiz

Armando "Muggins" Ruiz
November 13, 1942 - April 2, 2015

Armando “Muggins” Ruiz, 72, native of El Paso, passed away on April 2, 2015. He was surrounded by his family at Orange Coast Memorial Hospital, in Fountain Valley, CA. An alumnus of El Paso High School (1960), he played baseball, football, and basketball. He earned bachelors and masters degrees from UTEP. Devoted to education, Muggins impacted many in the 40 years he spent working as a teacher, administrator, and counselor.

Muggins is survived by his wife of 41 years, Cathy, son Jaime (wife Christina), daughter Amanda “Mandy” (husband Walter), and youngest son, Armando Jr. “A.J” (wife Mena). He is also survived by his grandchildren: Nico (9), Nash (5), Carolina (4), and William (2). Muggins also leaves behind his sister Martha, brother Carlos (wife Mary), brother Junior (wife Tresa), sister Patsy (husband Paul), and sister Irma (husband Bob). Muggins, generous and loved by many, was a model of unconditional love not only for his family, but also for many friends whom he loved and treated like family.

There will be a public viewing in Huntington Beach at Heritage-Dilday Memorial on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, from 4-7 PM.

Visitation will be held April 10 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with Rosary at 7:00 p.m. at Martin Funeral Home West. Funeral Mass will be April 11 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Patrick Cathedral. Interment will follow at Evergreen Alameda Cemetery alongside his mother Carolina and father Guillermo. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations towards a scholarship endowment to be set up in his name at UTEP. This page will be updated with a memorial to be scheduled in Huntington Beach in May 2015.


Tuesday, April 7, 2015 4-7 PM Visitation and Reception in Huntington Beach
Heritage-Dilday Memorial
17911 Beach Blvd
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Friday, April 10, 2015 5-9PM Visitation in El Paso
Martin Funeral Home West
128 N Resler Drive
El Paso, TX
Friday, April 10, 2015 7PM Rosary
Martin Funeral Home West
128 N Resler Drive
El Paso, TX
Saturday, April 11, 2015 9:30am Funeral Mass
St. Patrick Cathedral
El Paso, TX

Armando "Muggins" Ruiz
Endowed Scholarship

In lieu of flowers you may make a donation to UTEP for the Armando “Muggins” Ruiz Endowed Scholarship. The scholarship will provide financial assistance to a UTEP student studying education and has graduated from an El Paso High School. All checks should be made payable to UTEP, indicate it is for the Armando “Muggins” Ruiz Endowed Scholarship and mailed to the following:
Office of Institutional Advancement
Kelly Hall, 6th Floor
500 W. University Ave.
El Paso, TX 79968

Donations may also be made online at