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Josue V Quintanilla Josue V Quintanilla, 84, of Austin, Texas passed away February 24, 2013 at his home. He was born on October 17, 1928 in Austin, Texas to Braulio Aguilar Quintanilla and Maria Vargas Quintanilla. Josue dropped out of high school to join the Navy in 1945, where he served during the Korean War until 1951. Understanding the problems that high school drop-outs faced in obtaining employment, he resumed his education to obtain his high school diploma after seven years away from the classroom. Furthering his education, he enrolled at the University Of Texas College Of Pharmacy, Austin, Texas, in January 1952 and graduated in May of 1955 with a Bachelors of Science in Pharmacy. Josue was one of the first Mexican-Americans, and among the first native Austinites, to graduate from the University of Texas at Austin. He worked as a pharmacist in Corpus Christi, Texas with Dale Drugs, Botica Garcia and Walgreen's Drug Stores at Parkdale Plaza until 1981. Josue returned home, to Austin, to continue working for Walgreen's Drug Stores until he retired. He was a member of the Nueces County Pharmaceutical Association, Texas Pharmaceutical Association and American Pharmaceutical Association. Josue was active in the Parent Teacher Association of Prescott, Cunningham and Moody Schools in Corpus Christi, Texas. He was active with the Boy Scouts of America from 1960 to 1975 with Cub Scout Pack and Troop 235 sponsored by the Prescott School PTA. He was a member of The American GI Forum, a Veterans organization, holding appointive positions in the local chapter as Chairman of District III, member of State Board of Directors, and member of the National Board of Directors. Josue served as State Chairman for the American GI Forum of Texas during 1968. He also served as the Corpus Christi Local Chairman for Jobs for Progress, Inc., also known as Operation SER. In addition to his involvement with the Boy Scouts, GI Forum and Operation SER, Josue was very politically active. He ran for a seat on the Corpus Christi School Board and was active in the civil rights, equal access to education and employment, and migrant farm workers' rights movements. Alongside his long-time colleague Dr. Hector P. Garcia, founder of the American GI Forum, he participated in Cesar Chavez's march to Austin in support of United Farm Workers. Josue enjoyed fishing, gardening and was an avid University of Texas baseball fan. Josue married Marcelina (Martha) Rivera Quintanilla on August 5, 1950 and they were married for over 62 years. He is survived by his wife, Martha; seven children: Roger Quintanilla and wife Mary Slattery-Quintanilla of Loveland, Colorado; Teresa Virene Quintanilla of Austin, Texas; Denise Lee Quintanilla of Austin, Texas; Twins, Charles and Richard Quintanilla of New Braunfels, Texas; Yvette Yvonne Quintanilla of Austin, Texas; David Quintanilla of Austin, Texas; seven grandchildren: Jessica Rachel and husband Lucas; Hannah Celeste and husband Jeremy; Lucille-Virene; Shane Omar; Katharine-Lee and fiance Westley; Claire Elaine and husband Jarrod; Eve Renee; great-granddaughter: Pele Rose; and, beloved pets: Corbin-Talley, Edward-Travis and Thomas-James. Josue was preceded in death by his parents, Brauilio Aguilar Quintanilla and Maria Vargas Quintanilla; and, brothers and sisters: Brauilio Quintanilla Jr., Joel V. Quintanilla, Samuel V. Quintanilla, Carmen Quiroz, Consuelo Martinez, and Sarah Reyes. At his request, no service will be held. In lieu of flowers, his family request that memorial donations be made to Austin Habitat for Humanity. Obituary and guestbook available online at www.wcfish.com
Published in Austin American-Statesman on Feb. 27, 2013
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