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Moses Sorola was called to rest at the age of 80 on Dec. 24, 2013. Mr. Sorola was born on Sept. 4, 1933, in San Antonio, Texas. He was the youngest of eight children born to the late Pedro and Melchora Sorola.
He graduated from Burbank High School in 1952. After graduation, he served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955 and was stationed in Okinawa, Japan. He attended the University of Texas at Austin and graduated with a bachelor's degree in accounting in 1958.
Mr. Sorola's 35-year civil service career with the U.S. Air Force began in 1959. He was a weapons system logistics officer serving in Iceland, Canada, Okinawa, Ohio, Massachusetts, Oklahoma and Washington. In 1977 Mr. Sorola moved to the Directorate of Maintenance as Chief, Industrial Products Division at Kelly Air Force Base. He then served in the Aircraft Division as Production Branch Chief until May 1980 when he became the Kelly Air Force Base budget officer. In 1980, he was promoted to the position of director of engine maintenance. In 1983, he became the deputy chief of the Resource Management Division at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, where he was responsible for an industrial fund budget of more than one-half billion dollars. When he retired in 1988, he was responsible for negotiating workloads for more than 8,500 government employees.
After retiring from the civil service Mr. Sorola moved to Brownsville. He returned to college at the University of Texas at Brownsville and became certified in elementary education. He taught fourth and fifth grades in Brownsville for seven years.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years Norma Sorola, by his son Louis S. Sorola and fiancée Mary Esther Garcia; daughters Patricia Johnson and her husband Karl Johnson, Michelle Quintero and her husband Jose Quintero, Mardi Christensen and her husband Patrick Christensen, and nine grandchildren, Matthew Johnson, Erica Johnson, Daniel Quintero, Mia Quintero, Diego Quintero, Ava Quintero, Georgia Christensen, Adalia Sorola and Evita Christensen.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 223 E. Summit in San Antonio.
Published in Express-News on Jan. 2, 2014