Arturo Longoria, age 86, of Mission, Texas died peacefully on December 30, 2017.
He was born in Mission, Texas on September 13, 1931 to parents Jose G. and Celia O. Longoria, and graduated from La Joya High School in 1951, where he enjoyed playing football and served as class president. Arturo enlisted and served for 4 years during the Korean War in the U.S. Air Force as an air traffic controller and radar repairman, and was honorably discharged in 1955. Returning to Mission, Arturo met Reyna Chapa, whom he married on January 4, 1957. They started their family, as Arturo worked various jobs and pursued a degree in accounting at Pan American College in Edinburg, TX. graduating in 1960. He worked with Otis Smith CPA until 1980. Arturo opened his own accounting business at that time, and was dedicated to his clients and community through his final days. Arturo was a member of Post #1065 of the Catholic War Veterans since 1957. He proudly served as Post Commander, Texas State Commander, and held other state and national offices in the CWV. Arturo had a deep love and dedication to his friends and colleagues in the CWV throughout his life. Additionally, he assisted in maintaining many of the Post’s functions during his membership. Arturo had a passion for storytelling that could often be heard in a downtown Mission café, where hot political debates transpired amongst his closest friends, and at his own kitchen table surrounded by his loving family.
Arturo was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved younger brother, Alejandro. He is survived by his loving wife, Reyna, and by his five children, Letty, Bonnie, Lizzy and husband Eduardo, Raul and wife Monica, David and wife Kim, by eight grandchildren, Isaac and wife Ashilee, Ivan and wife Elo, Isaam, Caris, Leah, Lucas, Isaiah, and Christopher, and by the light of his life, great granddaughter, Zoey, who brought both joy and renewed will to his life. In his later years, Arturo enjoyed a following at local veteran’s lounges as an accomplished karaoke singer, which he also enjoyed with his family.
Visitation will be held at Rick Brown Funeral Home in Mission, Texas from 4:00-9:00 pm on Thursday, January 4, 2018. The Rosary will be from 7:00-8:00 pm. A Funeral Mass will be held the next day on January 5, 2018 at 9:30 am at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Mission, Texas, immediately followed by burial rites at the Rio Grande Valley State Veterans Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Ric Brown Family Funeral Home of Mission.