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Patricio Islas Hernandez, age 81, passed away peacefully to begin his eternal life in heaven on August 18, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas. He was born in Asherton, Texas on March 17, 1933 to parents Juan Hernandez and Tomasita Islas. Patricio was preceded in death by his brothers Ramon and Elifonso Hernandez and step-brother, Deciderio Herrera. Patricio is survived by his brother Jesus; sister, Antonia; son's John, Patricio and wife, Becky, Alan and wife, Laura; 13 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. At a young age, his sense of patriotic duty prompted his enlistment in the United States Air Force, during which he served in the Korean and Vietnam wars. Following 20 years of dedicated service, he retired in 1973, to a successful career in the San Antonio real estate market. Patricio, known as "Tito" to his beloved family and friends, was full of life, energy and wit; and there was no limit to his good-heartedness and enthusiasm. He enjoyed life to the fullest watching baseball, listening to music, dancing, and playing bingo, dominoes and poker. Visitation will be held on Sunday, August 24, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Porter Loring on McCullough. Rosary will be recited at 7:00 PM. Funeral Mass will be Monday, August 25, 2014 at 12:45 p.m. at St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church, 4222 SW Loop 410. Interment will follow in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to: 5710 Cedar Cove, San Antonio, Texas 78249 in memory of Patricio I. Hernandez Memorial Fund.
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Published in Express-News on Aug. 23, 2014