Eliseo R. Solis LUBBOCK-Funeral services for Eliseo R. Solis, 66, of Lubbock will be on Friday Jan. 11, 2013, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic church with Fr. Martin Pina officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in Peaceful Gardens Cemetery under the direction of Guajardo Funeral Chapels, 407 N. University Ave. Family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. with rosary to begin at 7 p.m. Mr. Solis passed away on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. He was born Jan. 12, 1946, in Levelland, Texas, to Refugio and Maria Solis. He married Esperanza Gonzalez on April 12, 1975, in Crystal City; she passed away on March 22, 2002. Eliseo earned his bachelor's degree in Latino studies from Texas Tech University in 1968 and later earned his master's degree in political science from Wichita State University. He served his country during the Vietnam War from 1969 to 1970. He worked in education in Crystal City. He was the first Mexican-American elected county commissioner in Lubbock, in 1984. He was active in the formation of La Raza Unida Party of Texas, instrumental in voter registration statewide, and participated in the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project in El Salvador. He was a member of MECHA, LULAC, GI Forum, Brown Berets, and West Texas Organizing Strategy (WTOS). Survivors include his wife, Josie Solis of San Antonio; sons, Joaquin and his wife Vivian, and Xavier and his wife Jessica; his daughter, Xochitl Solis, all of Lubbock; 10 grandchildren; sisters, Lenora Olivarez and Irene Lopez of California; and many nieces and nephews. Eliseo was preceded in death by his wife, Esperanza; brothers, Don and Emilio Solis; and sisters, Hortencia Vasquez, Margaret Trevino and Patricia Solis.
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Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Jan. 10, 2013