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Israel M. Nájera, 88, of Brownsville, Texas, went home to our Lord on Feb. 17, 2013.

Israel is preceded in death by his parents Desiderio and Eliza Nájera, his first wife, Maria G. Nájera; daughter, Angelica N. Garcia; brother, Roberto Nájera; a sister, Aurora N. Vasquez; a son-in-law, Joe Garcia; daughter-in-law, Margie Nájera; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Israel is survived by his second wife Ofelia R. Nájera, his children Aurora (Jose +) Garcia of Brownsville, Texas; Dr. Israel (Dorina) Nájera Jr., of Austin, Texas; Daniel (Amelia) Nájera of Brownsville, Ismael Nájera of Brownsville, Elisa (Narciso) Cerda of Brownsville, Enrique (Nelda) Nájera of Brownsville, and Desiderio (Carmen) Nájera of Brownsville; and a sister, Ludivina L. Garza of Pasadena, Texas. He was blessed with 28 grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren.

At the young age of 16 he enlisted in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CC Camp) and served in New Mexico.

In 1947 Israel joined the City of Brownsville Fire Department and during his 40 year service he rose to become the Assistant Fire Chief. He belonged to The Brownsville Fire fighters Association local 970 and he was a charter and a lifetime member of the association, and was a member of the International Association Fire Fighter. Israel was involved in numerous civic activities.

Israel emphasized a strong work ethic, not just working hard but doing the best job one can do. He believed in family unity. Staying strong and supporting each other was very important to him. Even though he spoke with authority, he always made you feel like you could succeed and conquer anything you put your mind to. He commanded respect and led by example. Israel might have been firm at times but he was always supportive and believed in education. While he never got to finish high school, he set his mind and succeeded in his profession and became a fire fighter. To those who knew him they knew his hand shake was his contract. Israel worked for the betterment of others and his community and took time to teach children how to become good citizens by his strong push for education and his involvement with youngsters in sports, especially Little League. He was admired for his strong moral ethics values in life.

Israel was a devoted husband and father. His friends looked up to him to provide guidance and leadership. Everyone who was fortunate to have known him knew he was a "ONE OF A KIND ".

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, with a holy rosary at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013.

Funeral Mass will take place at Christ the King Catholic Church at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013.

Burial will follow at Rose Lawn Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers will be Dr. Israel Nájera Jr., Daniel Nájera, Ismael Nájera, Enrique Nájera, and Desiderio Nájera.

To view the obituary or send your condolences to the Nájeras, go to www. Trevinofuneral.com
Published in Brownsville Herald on Feb. 19, 2013
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