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DONNA - Jose M. "Pepe" Yanez, 79, of Donna, Texas died peacefully on October 27, 2009 at Aurora Home in Weslaco, Texas. He was born on July 24, 1930 in Donna, Texas and was a lifelong resident. He graduated from Donna High School and attended Pan American College in Edinburg. He served in the U.S. Army at Ft. Polk, Louisiana as well as the Texas National Guard. He invested his life in public service. He served the interests of the citizens of Donna through his involvement ranging from the Donna Quarterback Club to coaching Little League to serving on the Donna School Board as President and Member. He served on the Donna City Council as Mayor and Councilman and served on several Rio Grande Valley Councils and Committees. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a rural route carrier. He was a member of the Mason-Guillermo Gardett #3 lodge as well as a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Donna.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Vicente Y. Yanez and Maria Leal Yanez; brothers, Ruben and Oscar Yanez. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Ofelia Botello Yanez; daughter, Maria Elia (Javier) Rodriguez; sister Imelda Yanez ; granddaughters, Yesenia, Yram and Karina Rodriguez. Numerous nephews and nieces also survive him.
Visitation will be today, Friday, October 30, 2009 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a 7 p.m. rosary. Funeral mass will be Saturday, October 31, 2009 at 2 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Donna. Interment will follow at the Donna City Cemetery.
Funeral services are under the direction of Hawkins Funeral Home in Donna.
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Published in The Monitor from Oct. 30 to Oct. 31, 2009
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