Col Joseph George Cisneros

Col Joseph George Cisneros

Birth
Roy, Harding County, New Mexico, USA
Death 28 Jul 2006 (aged 89)
San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
Burial San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 15520648 · View Source
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The 11th born of 12 children, Colonel Cisneros was the father of former San Antonio Mayor and U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros. In the 1920s, his family lived in New Mexico and Wyoming before settling in Brighton, Colorado. After graduating from high school he moved to Denver and worked his way through business college. Afterwards, he worked for the Federal Indian Service on Native American reservations in New Mexico and Utah. In early 1941, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in the Pacific theater. In 1944, he returned to the U.S. with a Bronze Star and malaria. He arrived at Randolph Field for treatment and in 1945, he was discharged from the Army. In November 1945, he married Elvira Munguia. He took a job in the office of war assets disposition (civil service) and began pursuing a career with the U.S. Army Reserve. When he retired from the Army Reserve in 1976, with the rank of Colonel, he was chief of staff of the 90th Army Reserve Command. A massive stroke in 1976 left him partially paralyzed. What he achieved after the stroke was formidable because doctors predicted he would live no more that a few years; but, he lived 30 more years. Colonel Cisneros was also told he'd never walk without the aid of a walker; but, he learned to do so. Later, he became the co-founder of the Alamo Area Stroke Club and served as an assistant reading teacher for 18 years at Crockett Elementary with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program. Colonel Cisneros served on the Board of Directors for the Boys Club and also organized a one-armed golf group to share his love of the game with others recovering from strokes. He received numerous awards for his community service including the Governor's Humanitarian Service Award in 1986; the United Way's Award for his volunteer accomplishments in 1988, presented by President Gerald Ford, and in 1988 he was the Easter Seals National Adult Representative. He appeared in the National Easter Seal Telethon. President Ronald Reagan welcomed him to the White House in recognition for his work as the Easter Seals National Representative. The San Antonio Housing Authority recognized him for his distinguished civic and national service by naming a housing development for senior citizens in his name. A genial man, he was known for his sense of humor. He loved his hobbies: golf, gardening, woodwork, and reading, especially history books. In addition to his wife and children, he is survived by nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.


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  • Created by: Deleon Todd
  • Added: 26 Aug 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 15520648
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Col Joseph George Cisneros (13 Feb 1917–28 Jul 2006), Find A Grave Memorial no. 15520648, citing San Fernando Cemetery #2, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Deleon Todd (contributor 46567870) .