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Roberto Julian Flores, born January 9, 1935, passed from this life to be reunited with his Creator on September 2, 2010 at the age of 75. A native of Corpus Christi, Texas, he was ordained a Franciscan Roman Catholic priest in 1965 and was a founder of PADRES, an organization of Chicano priests. He obtained his master's degree in psychology at Washington University in St. Louis, MO and worked as a counselor for several nonprofit organizations and in private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area, Houston and San Antonio. After moving to San Antonio in 1992, he was an adjunct faculty member at San Antonio College and taught orientation classes and counseled students in the Disabled Student Services Center at SAC. He retired from SAC in 2006. In San Antonio, he became an activist both within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and the Democratic Party. He was a founder of Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio and served as its co-chair to the time of his death. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of Equality Texas. He was a Democratic precinct chair in Bexar County from 1999 to December, 2009, when he was elected the first openly gay County Chair of the Bexar County Democratic Party to fill the vacancy left by outgoing Chair Carla Vela. He served as interim County Chair through May of this year when the newly elected County Chair was sworn into office. He also worked as an election judge, alternate judge and clerk in numerous elections. He was a member of a team that taught LGBT sensitivity training for cadets at the San Antonio Police Academy. He was also a member of the Alamo City Men's Chorale, the Alamo Business Council and the Rainbow Garden Club. He loved plants and people would admire the many different varieties of potted plants that lined the deck in his back yard. He received numerous honors and awards including the Equality Texas Becky Cross Anchor Award and a Special Achievement Award that was presented to him by Congressman Charlie Gonzalez on behalf of Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio the day before he passed. He was preceded in death by his parents, Francisco Flores and Celia Gomez Flores, two sisters, Maria de Guadalupe (Lupe) Parker and Maria de Concepcion (Concha) Martinez, and a brother, Frank C. Flores. He is survived by his loving spouse of 36 years, Daniel Graney; a sister, Maria del Refugio (Cuca) De Leon of Corpus Christi; two brothers, Jose J. Flores and spouse Carmen of Las Cruces, NM and Antonio M. Flores and spouse Barbara of Port Charlotte, Florida and brother-in-law, Gene Graney and spouse Dolores of San Antonio and sister-in-law, Laura Staehr, of Athens, TN. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and other relatives as well as a host of friends who will miss him, his gentle soul and beautiful smile dearly. !Que descanses in paz, Roberto! !Te aventaste! Visitation will be held Thursday, September 9, 2010 at 6:00 pm at Porter Loring Chapel North, 2102 N. Loop 1604 East.
ROSARY/VIGIL SERVICE THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2010
7:00 PM
PORTER LORING NORTH CHAPEL
MASS OF RESURRECTION FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2010
10:00 AM
ST. MARK THE EVANGELIST CATHOLIC CHURCH 1602 THOUSAND OAKS
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Equality Texas at www.equalitytexas.org or Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio at www.stonewallsanantonio.org.
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Published in Express-News on Sept. 5, 2010
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