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Richard Tamez
Porter Loring Mortuary McCullough
1101 McCullough Ave.
San Antonio, TX
Dr. Richard Joseph Tamez, loving father, husband, and physician who passionately served the San Antonio community for over 50 years passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Dr. Tamez took his spiritual transition at the home he built for his family over 44 years ago overlooking the beautiful Alamo City.

Dr. Tamez, a native San Antonian, was born on December 12, 1928. His early education took him through Beacon Hill Elementary School, Mark Twain Middle School and Thomas Jefferson High School. In 1948, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from St. Mary's University. Dr. Tamez attended graduate school at The University of Texas at Austin, and went on to the Kansas City College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery for his medical training. He interned at Ohio State University Hospital where he went on to complete a five-year residency in general surgery. Dr. Tamez became Board Certified in General Surgery in 1957 and went into private family practice from 1983 to 2004 - serving San Antonio's West Side Community for over 20 years.

When asked about the early years of his practice Dr. Tamez reminisced, "The fees were minimal, and my practice grew fast. I made house calls and home child birth deliveries. There was no Medicare, no welfare or health maintenance care as it is today, but we were able to serve the community." Nothing was more rewarding to him than serving those in need. "Helping people in need is what keeps you going for over 50 years," he said.

Dr. Tamez was a member of the Westside Lions Club, the Board of Directors for the Westside YMCA, and the Directors for Los Sembradores de Amistad, the Texas Medical Association, Texas Academy of Family Practice, and the Bexar County Medical Society. He served as team physician for Little League Baseball at Elmendorf Park, Chief of Staff at the former Alamo General Hospital, and medical advisor for the Salvation Army.

Dr. Tamez will be greatly missed by all whose lives he touched and inspired.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Mary Lou Tamez. Together, they shared many wonderful years traveling the world, and enjoying life with their family and dear friends.

Dr. Tamez is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Richard P. and Irma Tamez of McAllen, Texas; daughter and son-in-law, Dr. Marisa C. and Dr. Jorge A. Inigo of Edinburg, Texas; son and daughter-in-law, Maurice R. Tamez and Beatriz Ochoa Polanco of San Antonio, Texas; son and daughter-in-law, Edward J. and Andrea Pastrano-Tamez of San Antonio, Texas; grandchildren, Marisa T. and Jorge R. Inigo of Edinburg, Texas; Richard D. Tamez of San Antonio, Texas; Sebastian J. Tamez of San Antonio, Texas; brother, Rodolfo (Rudy) L. Tamez; and many nieces and nephews.

The Tamez family wishes to thank, Araceli Davis, Javier and Maria Del Rosario Guadalajara of San Antonio, Texas; and Eleuteria Lopez of Eagle Pass, Texas for all their love and support throughout the years.
MARCH 29, 2014
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Lately, I have been thinking about your whole family, wondering how everyone is. I have been passing the house periodically and so it reminds me of all of you. Hope you are all doing well. Love, Elisa
Elisa Gonzalez
March 21, 2019
My oldest and dearest friend. I met Ric in 1950 when we were medical students and classmates and we have remained close ever since. I will miss him. My deepest sympathy goes out to his daughter and sons and to all who knew and loved him as I did.
Dr. Clyde L Imhoff Jr DO
April 5, 2014
Dr Tamez was a true example of how to live by God's way he was a servant! I had the pleasure of meeting him in an office & he was always a true gentleman & spoke of God! I always liked to speak in Spanish to him, he was a wonderful human being & rasied a wonderful family!! May God give comfort & peace to his family during this difficult time. Blessings- Velma A. Medical Coordinator- Boerne Tx.
Velma Acosta
April 1, 2014
I thank Uncle Richard for all his help with my son Christian since I got to San Antonio for first time. My parents Jorge and Minerva Reed will miss his cordial and vibrant conversations. RIP Uncle Richard. I am glad that now. you are reunited with the love of your life, my beautiful aunt Mary Lou. Love, Norma Reed Galmiche
March 29, 2014
Marisa and Family, I was saddened to hear of your Father's passing. His gregarious personality and welcoming smile will be greatly missed. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Mari and Michael Garcia
Maricella Garcia
March 29, 2014
Richard Tamez
March 28, 2014
We are very sorry for the loss of Uncle Richard. He was a vibrant, knowledgeable, generous man. Our condolences to all for his loss.
Elisa and Joaquin
March 28, 2014
Dr Tamez was a wonderful person and Dr. He was straight forward but caring. He was our Family Dr until our Ins Co started with HMO andPPO. I know our Heavenly Father has taken him straight to Heaven. He will be missed. May he RIP
Janie Bustos
March 28, 2014
My condolences to the Tamez. Dr. Tamez was very respected in our community.
March 28, 2014
Many of the students I taught in San Antonio had my Uncle as their Primary Care Physician. I'll miss you Uncle.
Ray Tamez
March 28, 2014
Our deepest sympathy to the family. He deliverd his first twins of his practice,my daughters donna and dianne monrreal.
Stella monrreal
March 27, 2014
Dr Tamez was a great doctor - we met him through my husband's aunt, one of his nurses (Aunt Mary). My sincere sympathy to all the family. May he rest in peace.
Aurora Cuellar
March 27, 2014
Our sincerest condolences to the Tamez Family. Your parents were dear friends of my parents, Don and Emma Garcia, who are also in Heaven now. May God bless all of you during this difficult time. Phillip and Becky De Leon
Becky De Leon
March 27, 2014
Our condolences to the family at this time of sorrow. He will be greatly missed. From Bumble Bee Flowers Family & Staff.
Bumble Bee Flower Shop
March 27, 2014
My condolences to the Tamez family. Dr Tamez was a great family dr for all of my family. No matter what he was there.
Melinda Villanueva
March 27, 2014
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Jesus Medina
March 27, 2014
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