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Tati Santiesteban

by Legacy News

El Paso, TexasUSA

Died October 29, 2020

Age 86


A well-known figure of El Paso, Texas, Senator H. Tati Santiesteban, age 86, passed away October 29, 2020…

Tati Santiesteban (El Paso Times)

Mr. Santiesteban graduated from Ysleta High School in 1952 where he served as the senior student body president. Tati also lettered in all sports at the Ysleta. Senator Santiesteban received a full football scholarship to New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI)… and was the first Hispanic student to reach the rank of Cadet Colonel.

Tati then served in the United States Army as a First Lieutenant, Ranger and Paratrooper. He continued his education by attending law school at the University of Texas at Austin where he served as both the student body president and mid-law student president. Tati graduated as a top student and received his Juris Doctorate degree (J.D.) in 1962…

Mr. Santiesteban created the successful law firm, Santiesteban, Kennedy, and Martin, and practiced law for over 50 years. He also established a name for himself as a political figure representing the city of El Paso. He served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1967-1973 and later in the Texas Senate from 1973-1991…

Tati was known for his beautiful singing voice, and he loved playing the piano–both of which he began at an early age. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing with his father and friends… He truly loved being around people and will be missed by many…

Published in the El Paso Times

Read the full obituary (in both English and Spanish)

“I was always proud to say that Tati was my cousin. He contributed such good work to his state as well as to his community, El Paso.”

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