PAUL MORENO
1931 - 2017
BORN
1931
DIED
2017
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Hillcrest Funeral Home
1060 North Carolina Drive
El Paso, TX
Legendary El Pasoan Paul C. Moreno passed away on Friday, September 1, 2017 at the age of 86. To his beloved community, he was a activist, a crusader, a leader, a legislator, a patriot, a pioneer, an icon and a legend. To his family, he was a beloved Daddy, doting "Tata", loving Brother, Uncle and friend. He was preceded in death by his parents, Avelina and Reyes Moreno Sr., siblings, Julieta Rodriguez, Ramon Moreno, Delia McKee, Antonio (Tony) Moreno, Johnny Moreno, Reyes (Savage) Moreno Jr., "Las Cuatitas"(infant twins), and Luis (Louie) Moreno. He is survived by his only daughter, Annette Moreno-Alvarado, his three granddaughters, Innette, Evette (Nathan) and Amarette, great-grandchildren, Josiah Paul Trevizo and Ariah Navette Trevizo, Brother, Freddy (Carol) Moreno, Sister, Blanche Darley and numerous beloved nieces and nephews and family members. Paul C. Moreno began his journey on April 28, 1931 as one of twelve children born to Avelina Ramirez and Reyes Moreno, Sr. He began his community organizing at the age of 14 when he worked under the guidance of Father Gaynor to help create the first Catholic Youth Organization in El Paso. He dropped out of Bowie High School at the age of 17 to join the U.S. Marine Corps. and served our nation in the Korean War. For his service, he was awarded multiple medals including the U.S. Presidential Unit Citation with two bronze stars, Korean Presidential Unit Citation with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Korean Service Medals with Silver and Bronze Star, National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal. At the age of 22, he broke his neck in a diving accident and nearly drowned. The incident left him a quadriplegic restricted to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. However, he never let his disability get in the way of his pursuit of a full and active life dedicated to the service of his community and country that he loved so dearly. Paul Moreno was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1966. Representative Moreno arrived on the political scene at a time when Mexican-Americans were feeling the social brunt of social and economic discrimination. During his historic 40 year career he earned a reputation as a ferocious fighter for the disadvantaged that ultimately earned him a designation by his colleagues as the "Conscience of the Texas House". In 1971, Moreno led the "Dirty Thirty", a group of House members that stood against the Speaker of the House and other Texas officials charged in a bribery - conspiracy investigation. In 2003, he was also a "Killer D", one of 51 House members who fled the state in order to break a quorum and successfully defeat an unfair redistricting bill. In recent history, he was most proud of his work in the Higher Education committee where he was an unfaltering advocate for the passage of the South Texas Border Initiative-an effort that brought important new monies to UTEP. In January 2007, when he began his 20th term, Representative Moreno reached a new milestone, that of the longest tenured state elected official and the longest tenured member of the Texas House of Representatives. So far, he is the only Mexican-American ever to enjoy the status of "Dean of the Texas House." He was recognized by the National Association for Latino Elected Officials as the longest serving Hispanic public official in the United States. Representative Moreno received countless local, state and national awards. Chief among them is the PUSH Excel National Award, presented to him by Rev. Jesse Jackson, founder of operation PUSH, which recognizes excellence and achievement of the best against all odds. Indeed, the El Paso Independent School District Board of Trustees agreed when in 1996, they voted to honor him by dedicating the Paul C. Moreno Elementary School. As a citizen and attorney, Paul Moreno fought tirelessly for a fairer and more equitable community. He was a proud leader of the Chicano Movement. He led the fight for those that advocated on behalf of the marginalized and the unrepresented. He was a pioneering leader in countless organizations including the Mexican-American Bar Association, the Democratic Party, the El Paso Legal Assistance Society and the Tejano Democrats, just to name a few. He inspired countless individuals to public service and served as a mentor to generations of leaders that followed him. His pallbearers include: the Honorable David Briones, Mark Chavez, Kurt Festermacher, Robert Grijalva, Humberto Lopez Jr., Alfredo (Freddy) Moreno, Alfredo V. Moreno, David Moreno, Jimmy Moreno, Adrian Teran, Nathan Trevizo and Don Valdiviezo. Honorary pallbearers include: Alicia Chacon, Blanche Darley, Ramon De La Paz, Linda Mais, Toni Mais, Delia McKee, Derrick Moreno, Enrique Moreno, John Moreno - from California, Robert Moreno - from California, Jesus B. Ochoa, Julie Reynolds, Raymundo Rodriguez, Ruben and Lucy Salcido, Dolores Ituarte Valenzuela and Julie Yarbrough. A viewing for Paul Moreno will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 602 S. Oregon St., with a rosary at 7 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Friday at Sacred Heart, with burial at 10:30 a.m. at Fort Bliss National Cemetery.
Published by El Paso Times from Sep. 5 to Sep. 13, 2017.
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MEMORIAL EVENTS
Sep
7
Viewing
5:00p.m. - 9:00p.m.
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
602 S. Oregon St., TX
Sep
7
Rosary
7:00p.m.
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
602 S. Oregon St., TX
Sep
8
Funeral Mass
9:00a.m.
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
602 S. Oregon St., TX
Sep
8
Burial
10:30a.m.
Fort Bliss National Cemetery
TX
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Rep. Moreno, I still remember visiting your offices both in El Paso and at the State Capitol in Austin. You were always so kind and nice to me -- that was your nature. Thanks for helping me on my wrongful conviction case. Plus, your executive assistant, the late Mike Lopez, was very helpful too. You were a true champion for the poor, the voiceless, for victims of injustice. Many people will truly miss you. May you Rest In Peace. May God bless your entire family, and friends, with solace. I will always remember you. Thank you for your assistance.
JamesHarry Reyos
Friend
October 26, 2017
Mr. Moreno,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your years of dedicated service and sacrifice-first for our Country when you served with the USMC in Korea fighting the communist North Koreans and Chinese-and later for the citizens of El Paso when you served as a State Representative from 1966 to the 2000s. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Sir!
Mike Casey
September 19, 2017
Ken Sutherland
September 9, 2017
Annette, my condolences may God give comfort to you and your family. May he rest in peace.
Petra Ronquillo
September 8, 2017
Annette, your family and all Moreno's,
Our Senor, gave him a long life to continue the powerful influence he had in this world. His legacy will continue going forward and have an impact on future generations.
Adelante !
Ken Sutherland
September 8, 2017
Annette, sorry for your lost, my condolences to you and all your family.
Isabel Telles
September 7, 2017
Fernando Chacon
September 7, 2017
Paul, you were a great inspiration to your many friends. As the patriarch of the Moreno family, you always placed them first among earthly considerations, but your faith in Jesus was paramount and demonstrated in your life of serving others. No one will be able to replace all the good you did for los de abajo and the millions that you touched by being the conscience of the House for decades. I was blessed to know you and to have had the privilege of being your friend. See you and the other side!
Joe Kennard
September 7, 2017
My condolences to Mr. Moreno's daughter Annette and her daughter's. Your dad was a great person. May he Rest in Peace.
VERONICA MORENO
September 7, 2017
My good friend, my you RIP. Thank you, for all the good work and time you give to all of us. Paul,you were always their for me, as a member of Texas SBOE. Rene Nunez
September 6, 2017
The song "I did it my way" is definitely true to what he accomplished. He believed in helping those poor and oppressed regardless of the race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex, or political affiliation.
Greatness is not purchased it is achieved with hard work and determination which is what Paul did. He was a loving father, grandfather and great grandfather. I was extremely fortunate to know him as an attorney and legislator. My best memories of him are as my father-in-law. Paul you will be missed by many. Con mucho carino,
Fernie Alvarado
September 6, 2017
ON BEHALF OF THE MEMORY OF MY PARENTS, MR. & MRS. ARNULFO ALVARADO OF WHOM ALWAYS HAD A RESPECTABLE FRIENDSHIP, FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD ON ARIZONA AVE. TO MR.MORENOS FAMILY AND FRIENDS MAY YOUR FAITH CARRY YOU THROUGH THIS DIFFICULT TIME .
I SAW AND SPOKE WITH HIM NOT LONG AGO AT ST.PIUS CHURCH, HE LOOKED WELL, BUT ONLY OUR LORD KNOWS WHEN HE NEEDS US.
Sandra Alvarado
September 6, 2017
Dear Paul, miss you, bato. Along with Paul's brother, Savage, i spent the legislative session of 1965 with Paul in Austin and later, in Long Beach for his physical at the VA, and to attend his brother, Louie's wedding. He was instrumental in helping form my identity as a Chicano and in my work in the street politics of the late sixties and seventies. His quick wit and unending cabula made us all think quick on our feet. He came to me one day in 1970 and had me print some t-shirts for his foray into the medudo cook off at McKellican Canyon. Those words were portentous and will forever be remembered; "Menudo...Breakfast of Champions." Thank you, Paul. As we ascribed back in the 60's, you are a red-blooded All American boy, of Mexican descent, from El Paso, Texas. RIP. Chinchilla Charlie
carlos barcena
September 6, 2017
Dear Paul, You were an example to us all. Paul's wit and unending "cabula" honed our responses not just to his ribbing, but taught us to think on our feet, and importance of standing up for our beliefs. Along with my best friend and his brother Savage, we spent the legislative session of 1964 in Austin, and later with him on his regular physicals at the VA center in Long Beach. Paul was an example to me and his dedication prompted me to fight the good fight as a Chicano during the late sixties and early seventies. Paul never changed and approached life with dominion; " Listen to me whether you like it or not," his mantra. At the end of the 1960's, Paul summoned me and asked me to print some t-shirts for him. The image is one that many of us remember to this day, and one that became a rallying cry to all of us in El Paso. Those t-shirts bore his inspired words, "Menudo, Breakfast of Champions." You were our champion, Paul, still are.
Tu camarada, "Chinchilla Charles Degaulstone"
Carlos Barcena
September 6, 2017
So sad. Great loss to our community. Will always remember you Paul, great times with you and Joe Casazes. Your spirit and wonderful personality will stay with me forever... RIP, Jeannie
Jeannie Conklin
September 6, 2017
Rest in Peace, Paul. You will be remembered as a good neighbor and friend. I will miss visiting with you on my visits to El Paso.
Valla con Dios
Estela Tellez Ambrose
September 6, 2017
May he rest in peace. May God give comfort to all his family and friends.
I met Mr. Moreno when I was a member of Tejano Democrats, I was working at EPCC and also I was a member of AFSCME Local 59.
He was always very nice and polite to me. He had a very generous and giving heart.
His work and courage impacted many lives in a very positive way.
His legacy will live on.
(Previously Maria M. Evans)
Maria M. Flores
September 5, 2017
Paul was my parents compadre. Antonio and magdalena martinez..my brothers padrino. Rest in peace paul...beatrice martinez hernandez
Beatrice Hernandez
September 5, 2017
Rest in Peace Uncle Paul, you deserve it for all the hard work you did.
Ceci Moreno Esquivel
September 5, 2017
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