|Death: ||Mar. 23, 2012|
San Patricio County
Alonzo T. Rodriguez, 81, a life long resident of Taft, Texas passed away on Friday, March 23, 2012, surrounded by his loving wife and family.
He was a veteran of the United States Air Force and served his country in the Korean War.
Judge Rodriguez earned his undergraduate degree from Texas A & I University in Kingsville and attended St. Mary's University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas. He was the first Hispanic Director of Probation Services of the 36th Judicial District. He served in this position from 1971 to 1974.
Judge Rodriguez served as a practicing attorney in San Patricio County and the surrounding area from 1974 to 1983, at which time he was appointed the first State District Judge of the new 343rd District Court by Governor Mark White. Rodriguez was the first Hispanic in San Patricio County to be appointed as District Judge. During his service as an attorney and District Judge, Rodriguez was known to be compassionate, fair-minded and impartial in his judgments and consistently upheld the best of legal traditions.
A devout Catholic, Judge Rodriguez served as an ordained deacon of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Taft, Texas for a period of 11 years.
In 2000, Rodriguez retired as District Judge as well as Deacon and continued practicing law until recently, as that was his passion. Family, friends and his community will always remember Alonzo T. Rodriguez as a kind and compassionate person who will be dearly missed.
Survivors include his wife, Alicia G. Rodriguez of Taft, Texas; a son, Ronald Anthony Rodriguez of Taft, Texas; daughters Elizabeth "Lisa" Sinast, Roseann (Jaime) Garcia and Jessica (Vince) Pena, all of Portland, Texas; brother Agapito Rodriguez of Taft, Texas; 12 Grandchildren: Veronica Rodriguez, Ramie Rodriguez, Rendy Rodriguez, Amber Martinez, Ashley Martinez, Tony Sinast II, Kirsten Sinast, Leanna Acosta, Lorena Garcia, Andrew Pena, Adrian Pena and Alyssa Pena; 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
His parents, Agapito and Tomasa Rodriguez, and sisters Herminia Gonzales and Ofelia Rodriguez precede him in death.
Visitation will begin Monday, March 26, 2012, 3:00 PM at Resthaven Funeral Home in Sinton, Texas. A Rosary will be held Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 7:00 PM at the Immaculate Conception Church in Taft. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 10:00 AM at the Immaculate Conception Church in Taft with Bishop Wm. Michael Mulvey as celebrant and Father Francisco Lopez as con-celebrant. Burial will follow in Taft Memorial Park Cemetery, Taft.
Aransas Pass Progress Posted: Monday, March 26, 2012 12:35 pm | Updated: 12:40 pm, Mon Mar 26, 2012.
Taft Memorial Cemetery
San Patricio County
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