Lieutenant Raul E. Pacillas, 74, went home to be with Our Lord on July 22, 2009. Raul was born in Tucson, AZ. A graduate of El Paso H.S.; Raul served with the 101st Airborne in the U.S. Army and was briefly an agent with U.S. Border Patrol. Raul was commissioned as an El Paso Police officer on May 30,1959 and retired on October 15,1988, with 29 years of service to the citizens of El Paso. During his career with the El Paso Police Department he held assignments as a patrol officer, sergeant and lieutenant in: Radio Patrol; Identification and Records; Statistical Section; and Data Processing Section. He received numerous commendations. Under his leadership, as the lieutenant of the Identification and Records Section, one of the first computer automated record retrieval systems in the nation was implemented. He is a graduate of the 99th session of the F.B.I. National Academy. He was a devoted son, husband, father, brother and uncle. Raul is preceded in death by his father Manuel Pacillas, Sr and his mother Josefina Echaniz Pacillas. He is survived by his loving wife Irene, daughters: Denise Pacillas (Arturo), Yvette Nelson (John) and Michelle Carrasco (George) and son, Raul Jr; brothers: Rudy E. Lopez (Margaret), Gilbert E. Lopez (Monce) and Manny Pacillas Jr. (Elvia), step children: Efren Herrera, Ernesto Herrera and Edmundo Herrera. Numerous loving nieces, nephews and grandchildren along with countless friends will miss Raul. The family will receive friends for visitation Monday, July 27, 2009, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Martin Funeral Home Central, 3839 Montana, with a rosary at 7:00 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, July 28, 2009, at 11:30 a.m. at St Raphael Catholic Church, 2301 Zanzibar, El Paso, TX, followed by military and police honors at Ft. Bliss National Cemetery. Honorary Pall Bearers: Raul Pacillas, Jr., Peter F. Pacillas, Paul E. Pacillas, Arturo Rios, George Carrasco, Efren Herrera, Ernesto Herrera and Edmundo Herrera. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations toward the Lt Raul E. Pacillas Endowment Scholarship, checks payable to UTEP and mailed to George Carrasco (Treasurer), 1371 Adabel El Paso, TX 79936.
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Published in El Paso Times from July 26 to July 28, 2009