MISSION – Rafael Valdez Sr., 90, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, at his home in Mission.
He was born at El Javalin Ranch in Hidalgo County on April 19, 1924.
Survivors include his wife, Emilia Valdez; children, Rafael Valdez Jr., Isabel Flores, David Valdez, Luis Valdez, Ana Escobar, Jaime Valdez, Marisela Castillo, Leticia Dehoyos and Daniel Valdez; sisters, Margarita Solis, Emma Valdez, Reyes Casarez, Estela Sanchez and Irma Valdez; and 18 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Santos and Guadalupe Valdez, and sister, Olga Espinosa.
A funeral mass was held on Monday, Jan. 5, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Mission. Interment followed at Valley Memorial Gardens in McAllen.