San Juan - Oscar Alaniz Palacios, 75, residing in San Juan, Texas, died at home after a long battle with cancer, surrounded by his wife, children, grandchildren, his extended family and his fur babies Apollo and Colt.
Oscar was born and grew up in Pharr, Texas, graduating from PSJA High School. He was a proud Longhorn, graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with an undergraduate degree in Political Science in 1969 and the University of Texas School of Law, receiving his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree in 1971. Oscar inspired generations in his family as a lifelong Longhorn fan and a Texas Ex. Oscar began his law career in 1972 with the F.B. Godinez law firm in Lubbock, Texas. He then founded his own law firm on January 1, 1974 in Pharr, Texas practicing law for 48 years.
Lawyers master language to advocate for their clients. What made Oscar exceptional was his deeds, not just his words - he became a lawyer for the best reasons - a belief in justice for all. True to his humble roots, Oscar put principles before pay. He believed justice should not be determined by what you can afford. Oscar put those words into action as a respected servant leader in his community - whether with clients, family or friends, Oscar helped those in need, when no one was looking. To quote Don Quixote: "The man who fights for his ideals is the man who is alive." And in his time with us, Oscar embodied a life well lived.
Preceded in death by his parents Moncerrato and Elida Alaniz Palacios, brother Omar Palacios. Survived by his wife Raquenel V. Palacios, children Michelle Iris (Chris) Rodriguez, J. Michael Palacios, Marie Renee Palacios; siblings Olga (Robert) Rutledge, Oralia (Hugo Gonzalez+), Odilia (Tomas) Arredondo, Orfelinda (Justo+) Vela; seven grandchildren Krysta Michelle (Justin) Marmolejo, Brendan Michael Palacios, Kirstyn Mikali Rodriguez, Tristan Adrian Garza, Omar Michael Palacios, Micah Chris Rodriguez, Ella Michael Palacios, a great-granddaughter Corinth Atlas Marmolejo; 42 nieces, nephews; and 4 fur babies Apollo, Noe-G, Colt and QB.
Visitation will take place Friday January 1, 2021 from 5pm-6:30pm; Celebration of Life will be held from 6:30pm-9:00pm at DeLeon Funeral Home, 700 East Expressway 83, Pharr, Texas. Graveside service will take place at 1pm, January 2, 2021 at Palm Valley Memorial Gardens, 4607 N Sugar Rd, Pharr, TX 78577.
The family will be strictly following COVID-19 protocols.