My Tata was so many things to me, he was...
- the maker of great pancakes
- the mexican cook who taught me to make so make delicious mexican family recipes
- a babysitter
- a chauffer (in highschool he drove us around before we had a car)
- a Zoo trip (our grandparents took us to the zoo every other week as children)
- a trip to the fair (I only remember ever going to the fair with my grandparents)
- a Texan (born and raised in San Antonio)
- a great husband, a loving dad and a wonderful Grandfather/Tata
In his life he saw so much, he was one of 12 siblings who grew up poor in San Antonio, Texas before Texas was part of the US. He was married to my grandmother for over 63 years and had 3 children, 9 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. He joined the Navy during WWII and fought off the shores of Vietnam and Korea and was a survival training camp instructor to the Navy pilots. He and my mothers family lived in the Philippines in the 60's and he was instrumental in starting the survival training camp there. Later when he retired from the Navy he joined the Border Patrol where he worked until the late 70's when he became a full time stay at home TATA and helped to raise not only me, my sister and my brother but my cousin Sarah. He loved to take us to the zoo or the Wild Animal Park and pack us home made fried chicken and macaroni salad with juice boxes. We had so much fun as children with him and I will miss him so so much.