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1SG Israel Alvarez was called by God and heaven at the age of 89 years old. He was born in Santa Cruz, TX raised in Rio Grande city, TX and at the age of 17 years old began his dedicated service of 23 years in the United States Army. He served in the Korean War earning him a Purple Heart and a Silver Star medal by direction of then President Truman. He served two tours of service in the Vietnam War earning him a bronze star medal by direction of President Nixon. Israel retired from his distinguished career from the Army in 1971 soon after starting his distinguished career in Civil Service for the next 22 years.

He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years Maria Alvarez; daughter: Luz and Noe Avitia; granddaughter: Maricela Martinez; Sister in law: Vicky and Fermín Colorado; his nieces: Ana Lucero and Catalina Colorado; his nephew: Victor and Becca Colorado; and numerous other family members and friends. Israel touched many people by his contagious smile, hard work, tenacity, dedication and unmatched courage. His love of family will resonate in our hearts forever.

A visitation will take place on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm with a rosary at 7:00pm at Sunset Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass to be held on Thursday, May 6th at 9:15am at St. Thomas More Catholic Church with interment at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

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Published in Express-News on Apr. 28, 2021.
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May 4, 2021
My most heartfelt condolences to the Alvarez family and friends. I met Israel and Maria through my daughter Miss Gutierrez who works at Wilshire Elementary. Such beautiful family dedicating their services to any one in need. Eternal rest grant unto Israel
O' Lord and may Perpetual Light shine upon him. May he rest peacefully in Paradise. May our good Lord bless you with the peace, love and comfort at this difficult time. Love and blessings to all.
Viola Garza
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