Archive for July 25th, 2011

From today’s Houston Chronicle Obituaries:

Jesus Thomas Campos, Husband, Father, Brother, Veteran and Community Leader, Jesus Thomas Campos of Houston died peacefully at home Friday, July 22, 2011. He was two weeks shy of his 90th birthday. He was born on August 6, 1921 in Goose Creek (now known as Baytown) to Maria Ramos and Jose Campos. He graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 1941 and enlisted in the Army and served from 1941 – ’46.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Maria Esther Estrada Campos. He is preceded in death by his parents and several siblings, as well as by his daughter, Leah Aguirre of Houston. Jesus is survived by his son, Adrian, and daughters Olga (Kevin Benz of Austin), Edna (Eldon Thomas of Houston and Asheville, NC), as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Jesus was proud of his involvement in Houston’s Hispanic community especially his work on behalf of various political candidates, Get-Out-the Vote efforts and improving educational opportunities for Hispanic students. He was also proud of his distinguished military record. During World War II, he was assigned to the 672ND Amphibious Tank Battalion Attached to the 15th Division. He made numerous first assault landings in the Pacific, was wounded twice and was awarded the Purple Heart, 3 Bronze Stars, an Arrowhead in the Asiatic- Pacific and World War II Campaigns and a Good Conduct Medal.

Jesus retired from Exxon after 20 years and was an active member of the American Legion and the Disabled American Veterans. His recent awards and honors include the Distinguished Hispanic Volunteer from Houston Mayor Bill White in 2007; Eagles Award in 2005 from the San Jacinto Chapter of DAV; Participant in Honor Flight #2 to visit the WWII Memorial in 2009; Fiestas Patrias Distinguished Hispanic Award 2006, recognition by numerous members of the US Congress, the Texas Senate and House; the Houston City Council, the American GI Forum, and the League of United Latin American Citizens. He will be respected, loved and missed by everyone who knew him.
The family will be receiving visitors Tuesday, July 26 from 5- 9 pm with a Rosary at 7p.m.at Forest Park Lawndale, 6900 Lawndale Ave, Houston TX 77023. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 27 at 11 a.m. at Forest Park Lawndale.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American GI Forum of Texas, 2626 South Loop West #320, 77054-2649, Houston, TX 77086; (713) 666-4796; http://www.agiftx.org. Donations will go to the Community in Housing Development which assists with housing for American Veterans.

They failed to mention that Uncle Jesse was the lead plaintiff back in the 1990s in a single member district lawsuit against the City of Houston.  You could always count on Uncle Jesse to lend his support to political efforts within the local Latino community.  A couple of years ago I was setting up an Early Vote press conference at the HCC Southeast Campus.  Uncle Jesse happened to be driving off after early voting and he asked me what I was up to.  I explained. He then pulled his car back into the parking lot and said he was going to stand with us at the press conference.  In May of 2010, after the Arizona legislature enacted SB 1070, local immigrant rights activists staged a pre-game protest across the street from The Yard as the D-Backs visited.  I decided to go check out the protesters and there in 90 degree plus weather was my Uncle Jesse holding up a protest sign.  That’s part of who he was.  He was always there showing his support.

This how the Chron’s lead editorial started out yesterday:

After decades of academic and financial problems at North Forest Independent School District, Texas Education Commissioner Robert Scott recently ordered an end to the drama: He ordered that the school district be dissolved entirely after the 2011-2012 school year, then absorbed into Houston ISD. It was a decision that needed to be made.

This is how it ends:

North Forest kids have already waited too long for better educations.

Check out the entire editorial here.

Way to go E-Board!

The ‘Stros visit San Luis for four starting this evening.  Name the San Luis players that are on the current active roster that played in the 2005 NLCS versus the ‘Stros?

The Chron has a piece today on the H-Town Mayor’s reelection. 
Check it out here.   The only thing missing from the piece is a serious opponent.

Commentary is hearing that while Guv Dude’s camp continues to analyze a potential run for prez, Dude is sneaking into movie theaters looking for inspiration.  This past weekend it was “Captain America: The First Avenger.”  A couple of weeks ago it was “Transformers:  Dark of the Moon.”  This weekend it will be “Cowboys and Aliens.”

Albert Pujols, Yadier Molina, and Chris Carpenter of course played for San Luis in the 2005 NLCS against the ‘Stros and are currently on the current active roster.

I’m not even going to talk about yesterday’s game that we should have won.  We had bases loaded with one out in the top of the ninth and the scored tied and then Hunter Pence struck out on three pitches and Numero 45 popped out.  We’re spoilers now as we have seven left with San Luis, six left with the Pirates, and nine left with Milwaukee.


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