Adolfo Alvarez Sr., 92, died surrounded by family on June 26, 2023. He was born in Harlingen to Dominga and Genaro Alvarez on May 27, 1931 and raised by his sisters from infancy on Stuart Place.
He is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 66 yrs, Lupita Alvarez, son, Richard Alvarez, and brothers and sisters, Genoveva, Angela, Maria Elias, Martin R., Martin Y., Dolores, and Pedro Alvarez.
Alvarez is survived by his children Mary Jane Garcia (Danny), Adolfo, Alfredo (Juanita), Arturo, Albert, Adriana Gonzales (Samuel), Annette, and Alice, 19 grandchildren Sally, Genaro and Danny Garcia, Ricky (Tosha), Austin, Aaron and Adrian Alvarez, Adolfo Cristobal and Dylan Alvarez, Araceli Alvarez, Carolina and Isabella Alvarez, John Anthony Rodriguez (Elijah), Albert Joshua Alvarez, Alex Gonzales, Arenne G. Rodriguez (Christopher), Gabriel Rodriguez, and Gillian and Sofia Martinez and seven great grandchildren Klay, Aiden, AC IV, Esiah, Adrienne, Madison and Mason.
He and his wife Lupita settled in Pearsall to raise their family and lived there for over 57 years.
Shaped by his combat experience in Korea he was a leader in his community and encouraged higher education for all. He was devoted to his community through his volunteer activities, church involvement, and political interests. Alongside his wife, Lupita, they made great strides in Frio County to register voters and win political seats in the county and state, in particular to help achieve equality to all citizens of the community.
He was a business owner (A&A Auto Parts) since 1973, and elected Frio County Commissioner in Precinct 3, in 1980. He served on the State Democratic Executive Committee for the 21st Senatorial District, was an active member of the Mexican American Democrats, and was appointed to the Commission on Aging by Gov. Ann Richards during her time in office. He was the city’s first life member of VFW Post 9185, a life member of the Knights of Columbus, and a member of the League of United Latin American Citizens. He was spiritually active as a parishioner of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.
Rosary was held Friday, June 30 at 6 p.m. at Rudy Garza Funeral Home in Harlingen. Funeral service mass was on Saturday, July 1 at 10 a.m. at Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Harlingen. Burial followed at Restlawn Memorial Park in La Feria.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Rudy Garza Funeral Home, Harlingen.