Our News April Issue Vol. 17 No 8 Senior citizens Garden Club




Betty Dixon, Lillian Kelly Eleanor Dickens, Florence, Philistin, Terry Garner, Florence, Eleanor, Betty

SENIOR

CITIZENS

were hard at work at 8 am March 14 in spite of the time change and drizzling rain. The Senior Citizen Garden Club welcomes you to come out and help them garden at the Hiram Clarke Multi Center on Fuqua. Under the guidance of Terry Garner the club planted tomato, eggplant and a variety of pepper plants as well as lettuce, zucchini, and bean seeds. Garner brings the seed and plants and a treasure store of information to the 11 sites he oversees for the city.

Floyd Andrews dropped by to see if he could learn some tips. Floyd was amazed that his own home garden of cabbage and collard greens survived three days of a hard freeze. He uses Triple-13 fertilizer, but Garner recommends 6-2-4 Micro lite organic fertilizer. Garner also pointed out that if you put a gallon can, with both ends cut out, over a plant it will absorb additional sun and grow faster. He showed the club how to fix a trestle for the cucumbers to conserve space.

Jenny Malin was also there to do a documentary on the garden. To view her website go to www.growingseasonmovie.com

Wanda Allen and Betty Dixon are co-coordinators who schedule times for the teams to work. If you would like to join this group and share the harvest call Rosa at 832-393-4252.

Wanda Allen, Rita and Maureen Richardson below


Rodeo Queen





DO YOU RECOGNIZE THIS RODEO QUEEN?





When the rodeo rolls into Houston, she remembers the day she received the Jacksonville Rodeo Queen trophy from Michael Landon in 1963.





She barrel raced in the East Texas Circuit and was a member of The Jacksonville Youth Quadrille, a group which became a featured attractions in rodeo circles. They performed at the Cotton Bowl Rodeo and were invited to the “grand daddy” of all rodeos in Cheyenne, Wyoming. A member of the Pony Express she galloped for two miles on a trip from Jacksonville to Austin, the next year from Jacksonville to the LBJ ranch to deliver an invitation to the president.





She lives in Almeda, the mother of six, grandmother of 15 1/2 kids and great grandmother of 11 and 1/2 kids. Have you guessed her name is Bobbie Moore?





guessed her name is Bobbie Moore




CAN YOU SURVIVE?





Can you survive for two weeks in your home without anyone coming to your house or you leaving the premises? Can you last for two weeks without electricity or incoming water? Would you sit back and wait for the government to take care of you or would you act? Plan now not after some disaster occurs.





When Ike hit a lot of us were without electricity but other people were there to help. Can you imagine if no one had electricity or gasoline to run a generator?





I’m always amazed how the stores run out of stuff before a hurricane. Batteries, matches, candles, soap, toilet paper, sugar, rice, beans, flour, salt, shortening, are some of the things a person can keep at least a two week supply on hand all the time.





You can live two weeks without food but only four days without water. Have you any ideas of how to provide your family with water? If you do call 713-433-1098 or email siskeyworth@att.net and I’ll share your ideas with your neighbors. In times of a disaster we need our neighbors. Getting to know your neighbors now might make the difference in your survival and theirs.





Hopefully we will never have to face a scenario as crucial as it is in some parts of the world, but in this day and age it might be worth our consideration. During the Depression an Almeda resident said it did not affect her family. They never had money, and they made or grew almost everything they used.





Growing fresh vegetables is a good





plan. It takes time, energy, and experience but is probably more beneficial to a persons health than any other activity. In our climate you can have something fresh from your garden year round. Blackeyed peas, okra, and egg plant do good all summer long. Spinach, broccoli, cabbage, and English peas love the cold. Most every thing grows good in the spring and fall. Learn how to be independent of the government and dependent upon yourself and God.



THREE IN ONE AND ONE IN THREE

One reason Islam rejects Christianity is because Christians believe that Jesus is God. The Muslim religion got its start in a country where the majority believed there were hundreds of gods so they developed an animosity toward anyone that believed in more than one God. They don’t understand the concept of one God in three persons. Many Christians, maybe most, accept the teachings but don’t understand how it is possible to have one God but three persons. In the New Testament, John wrote in St. John 1:1 that the Word was with God and the Word was God. (In John 1:14 we learn that the Word was Jesus.) How can a person be the Son of God and be God as is written in numerous verses in the original Greek language? Add to that mystery the Holy Spirit which completes what Christians call the Trinity. Perhaps a triangle is the best illustration to help us understand. Imagine a big circle to represent God. Inside the circle is a triangle. On one side is the Spirit, another side is the Son and another side is the Father. Just as you have three sides of a triangle you still only have one triangle inside the one circle representing God. The three persons, God the Father, God the Son and God the Spirit are one. These three are one: in essence. Each one, according to the Bible were at work in creating the world. They have the power to forgive us our sins etc. Man is also three in one. We have a body, a soul, and a spirit. However, this illustration falls short because it implies that each Person of the Trinity is only part of God, like the body is part of man. There are no adequate illustrations of the Trinity. Every illustration drawn from nature either makes the Persons too separate, or does not make them unique enough. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are unique from one another as we see in the Gospel record of the baptism of Christ (Mark 1:9–12). However, they are not three Gods, but one God as is affirmed throughout both the Old and New Testaments (e.g., Deuteronomy 6:4; 1 Timothy 2:5). It really isn't possible to reconcile these two ideas in our finite minds. The idea of a Trinity is outside our experience in the natural world. For some this is troubling: they are bothered that they cannot understand God. I like to understand things, too, so I can sympathize with them. On the other hand, I am grateful that I cannot fully understand God. If He were small enough for me to understand, He would not be great enough to save me, or to draw me to worship Him.

Rev. Kevin Paszalek contributed to this article.

ROBIN McGEE IN INDIA

Robin has led a life full of adventure. Raised in a small town in western Pennsylvania, she begged for a horse. She was finally all

owed to buy a pony with her own money when she was 14. She grew, but the pony didn’t so she got Joey, a full sized horse. After training to be a brick layer, she left Joey and went to Cincinnati where she could get work. Robin was the first woman to be in the bricklayers union in that city. When the work played out, her aunt invited her to Houston in 1981. She found a place where she could keep a horse so she traveled to PA to get Joey.

Maybe it was lack of money or maybe it was her adventurous spirit or maybe both is why she decided to ride her horse to Houston. She and Joey left Pennsylvania May 11, 1982 and dropped by to see some friends in Cincinnati, Ohio. From there she headed down through Kentucky. In northern Kentucky, a police officer escorted her off

the freeway. (Because of the wide expanses of short-mowed grass and because Joey was such a steady-Eddie type of horse, the interstate was their favorite road to ride. Unfortunately, the police took a different view of a horseback traveler on the highway.

A few nights Robin camped out, but spent most nights at farms along the way. When she asked if they had a place for her horse to spend the night and they heard she was riding to Houston, she was often invited in for supper, a bath, breakfast, and given a sack lunch to eat on the way. Once, when Joey needed a new “pair” of shoes, Robin took some of the newspaper clippings written about her adventure and made signs that said Ride the Horse that is Riding to Houston. Kids would pay for a short ride on Joey and an autographed picture.

On November 22, 1982 Robin and Joey rode into Houston. The horse was in excellent condition but as soon as they got here Robin caught a miserable cold. Robin says, “It was a fantastic trip and I’d do it again.”

In Houston, Robin and Joey participated in the programs at the American Cowboy Museum located on the Taylor-Stevenson Ranch. City kids who came to the ranch to get a taste of ranch life and learn some of the less-well-known history, had a

chance to learn and ride on Joey.

By 1985, Robin was ready to move on. This time Joey got to ride in a trailer. During their travels, including a stint at a dude ranch in the Colorado Rockies, Joey was exposed to Equine Infectious Anemia, a disease that is either deadly or shows no symptoms. Joey was healthy but the Coggins test showed he was positive and a carrier. After h

aving Joey for 11 years, Robin had to put him down as required by law. It hurt but it didn’t kill Robin’s love of animals and adventure.

She worked and trained horses in Taiwan, then at animal welfare societies in India working with cats, dogs, monkeys, donkeys, cattle and curly-tip-ear Marwari horses.

While in India, Robin met a person who has the only herd of Marwari horses outside of India. Robin had a job waiting for her on Chappaq

uiddick Island, Massachusetts taking care of that herd. After a year or so, Texas started calling. Robin arrived in January. She is available for a year or two to train horses, repair saddles,make custom made halters, and provide home health care. Just don’t count on her for being here for more than a year or two, but then who knows Robin may be ready to quit flying & settle down.





One reason Islam rejects Christianity is because Christians believe that Jesus is God. The Muslim religion got its start in a country where the majority believed there were hundreds of gods so they developed an animosity toward anyone that believed in more than one God. They don’t understand the concept of one God in three persons. Many Christians, maybe most, accept the teachings but don’t understand how it is possible to have one God but three persons. In the New Testament, John wrote in St. John 1:1 that the Word was with God and the Word was God. (In John 1:14 we learn that the Word was Jesus.) How can a person be the Son of God and be God as is written in numerous verses in the original Greek language? Add to that mystery the Holy Spirit which completes what Christians call the Trinity. Perhaps a triangle is the best illustration to help us understand. Imagine a big circle to represent God. Inside the circle is a triangle. On one side is the Spirit, another side is the Son and another side is the Father. Just as you have three sides of a triangle you still only have one triangle inside the one circle representing God. The three persons, God the Father, God the Son and God the Spirit are one. These three are one: in essence. Each one, according to the Bible were at work in creating the world. They have the power to forgive us our sins etc. Man is also three in one. We have a body, a soul, and a spirit. However, this illustration falls sh





ort because it implies that each Person of the Trinity is only part of God, like the body is part of man. There are no adequate illustrations of the Trinity. Every illustration drawn from nature either makes the Persons too separate, or does not make them unique enough. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are unique from one another as we see in the Gospel record of the baptism of Christ (Mark 1:9–12). However, they are not three Gods, but one God as is affirmed throughout both the Old and New Testaments (e.g., Deuteronomy 6:4; 1 Timothy 2:5). It really isn't possible to reconcile these two ideas in our finite minds. The idea of a Trinity is outside our experience in the natural world. For some this is troubling: they are bothered that they cannot understand God. I like to understand things, too, so I can sympathize with them. On the other hand, I am grateful that I cannot fully understand God. If He were small enough for me to understand, He would not be great enough to save me, or to draw me to worship Him.





Rev. Kevin Paszalek contributed to this article.









DUKE CEMETERY





John Walker, a member of the Fort Bend Historical Commission, is concerned about the Duke Cemetery since several of the earliest citizens of Texas are buried there.





With the rising value of real estate in the area, the temptation to ignore the resting place of some to the Old Three Hundred is possible. I





n case you’ve never heard of the Old Three Hundred, they were a group of men and/or families who Stephen F. Austin brought into Texas in 1821. Austin’s dad had negotiated with the Spanish government to help settle Texas. That year Mexico broke away from Spain but the Mexican government gave even more land for Austin to bring in settlers, as few Mexicans at that time had little desire to settle in an area so far from civilization. By 1830 more than 25,000 former Americans had settled in Texas. Then conflicts began over religion, rules, and guns.





The Old Three Hundred as well as the other early settlers were rugged, independent loving, hard working pioneers who established their homes in a wilderness while fighting off Indians. When Santa Anna came into power, they declared their independence on March 2, 1836 and won.





John Walker along with many others feel their resting place should be protected. In the Fort Bend County records, Judge W. P. Hamblen dedicated the cemetery in 1901 and filed it May 28, 1902. It is recorded in Vol. 23 page 266 in Fort Bend County Deed Records. He sold the surrounding land to George E. Williamson (Vol. 23 Page 354). The records prove that the 100 foot by 100 foot cemetery is not privately owned since Williamson could not sell what he never owned.





Some of the people buried there are Nancy Morton, wife of William Morton an Original 300, her son, John V. Morton, the first sheriff of the county, his three children, his widow, Elizabeth Shipman Morton (daughter of an original 300) Daniel Perry and children, Louisa Ann Morton Perry (Perry was another original 300) Sarah Fitzgerald Fenn, (Fitzgerald also Original 300) and Sarah’s son John R. Fenn and his wife Rebecca.





Walker says that the Duke Cem





etery is much like the Morton Cemetery in Richmond, which is protected although Morton was not buried there nor his wife. Walker sent a letter as follows to the sheriff: The Duke Cemetery enclosure was damaged and signs were removed the last of August 2010. I filed two complaints with your office; 10-23806 [Deputy C. Carrillos] and 10-23920 [Deputy S Treece]. The living descendants of the Duke Cemetery would like to rebuild the enclosure and replace the signs. My question for you is; When the enclosure and signs are rebuilt/replaced will you protect the Duke Cemetery with the laws of this Great State of Texas in the same manner and with the same resources that you would protect the Morton Cemetery? He is waiting for an answer.





If you would like to learn more of the history of the area especially around Arcola, go to Walker’s website and see pictures of the only evidence left that Duke existed.





at http://lifeonthebrazosriver.com/DukeIndex.htm





ZIP-E-DE-DOO-DAH











A man and his wife were not speaking to each other. Getting ready for work, the zipper on wife’s dress hit a snag so she backed up to her husband and nudged him. He thought, “I’ll show her zipping.” He yanked the snag loose then gave





the zipper a half dozen z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z up and down. It broke. They had to cut her out of her best dress.





When she got home from work, she sees a pair of legs sticking out from under his car. She notices the patch she had careful sown on the pants and then she sees the zipper. Without a word, she grabs the zipper and z-z-z-z-z-z several times up and down. With great satisfaction on getting even she walks into the kitchen and there is her husband getting two drinks out of the fridge.





“Who is under the car,” cries his wife.





“John from next door. He’s helping me fix my car so I loaned him a pair of my pants.





She explained what she had done. They went out to explain to John, but he was unconscious and bleeding from a head wound caused by trying to sit up while under the car. They had to use a crowbar to pry a shock absorber from his left hand.





This story is suppose to be true.





Anonymous

Fresno joeJoe, do you know where I can get one of those things that you stick in your ear?



“You mean a phone?”





Well I don’t want the phone I just want the little do-hicky you stick in your ear.





“Why do you want that?’





So when I’m in the store and start talking to myself, people will think I’m talking on the phone.





YOUR REPRESENTATIVE IN TEXAS





Almeda’s representative, Alma Allen has introduced 12 bills in Texas 82nd session of Congress. HB 918 concerns solid waste facilities, HB 919 air pollution, HB 1321 autism, the other nine concern education including HB916 which gives school districts the right to implement paddling with parents permission. At the present time Fort Bend ISD and HISD have a ban on paddling.





Contact her at 512-463-0744 if you want to comment.





YOUR REPRESENTATIVE IN TEXAS





Ron Reynolds representing District 27 which includes Arcola and Fresno has co-authored HJR 56 which requires the state to fund any mandate which they require of local cities, school districts etc. His # is 512-463-0494





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EW BILLS UNDER CONSIDERATION

HB 12, concerns immigration, HB 79, concerns Ten Commandments in classrooms, and HJR 39(House Joint Resolution) wants to limit appraisal value of residential property. What they do will affect us.















OPPORTUNITIES IN ARCOLA





Texas Southern University Summer Maritime Academy – 2011 For Rising High School Junior, Seniors and 2011 HS Graduates





Session 1: June 6-17, 2011 and Session 2: June 20 – July 1, 2011 Earn up to $250 while learning about the Maritime Industry. For more information and to fill out an application you may pick up copies at Arcola City Hall.





Our Senior Citizens are meeting on Thursdays for computer classes and they have started doing crafts.





Almeda Moe





When this last cold spell hit, Moe’s son wore boots to his kindergarten class. He pulled them off when he got in class but couldn’t get them back on when it was time to go home. His sweet teacher offered to help. She pulled and pushed and got one on. Finally, she got the second boot on as she wiped the sweat from her face. Then little Moe said, 'Teacher, they're on the wrong feet.'





She could have cried when she saw he was right. It was almost as hard to pull them off but she remained calm as she put them back on the right feet. Then little Moe said, 'These aren't my boots.'





His sweet teacher was ready





to pull her hair and scream but restrained herself. She did start talking to herself under her breathe as she pulled off the boots again, but when little Moe said, ‘My mom made me wear them,’ his teacher had reached the point where she couldn’t decide whether to laugh or cry. On the verge of a hysterical outburst, she pulled herself together, took a deep breath and wrestled the boots on his feet again. 'Now’, she asked, ‘where are your Mittens?'





Little Moe said, 'I stuffed them in the toes of my boots.'





Little Moe’s teacher was last seen running out the door screaming hysterically.









$500 FINE





If you park in an handicap parking spot, you will be fined $500.





GARAGE SALE





Cambridge Falls community garage sale at the Cambridge Falls Recreation Center at 3434 Cambridge Falls Dr. Sat. March 5th from 7am– 3pm





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VINSON LIBRARY





Mon. 11am-7pm, Tue. 10am-6pm, Wed. 10am-6pm, Thur. 11am-7pm., Fri. 10am-6pm, Closed Sat. & Sun. 832-393-2120





Hiram Clarke Multi Center is open from 8am to 5pm Mon thru Friday.





FREE HOUSE CLEANING





Any woman undergoing chemotherapy can have her house cleaned once per month for four months while in treatment by a nationwide organization called Cleaning for a Reason. go to http://www.cleaningforareason.org/





BUY AMERICAN





Can’t tell what country a product is made in, look at the first #’s in the bar code: If it is 00 to 09 it is made in the USA & Canada; 30 to 37 France; 40-44 Germany; 49 Japan; 471 Taiwan; 690 to 692 China.





ALMEDA DINER IS NOW





FIFTH QUARTER

Jimmy Dillard has remodeled the Almeda Diner and will open up the Fifth Quarter on March 3rd. Their specialty is fish. Dillard has an interesting story on the Internet of how he reached his dream in seven years. Just type in Jimmy Dillard in the search engine.











LOVE YOUR ENEMIES





It does not matter what our enemies do to us, nor what they say about us, we will love them anyway, God will see us through, because we’ll stay on our knees and pray for them. Matthew 5:44





© Copyright by Emmaline Wiley





CIRCLE OF QUEENS





The Circle of Queens is a Christian organization that believes in the well being, dignity, unity and the empowerment of women. The Circle of Queen’s sisterhood of women comes together in love, caring, and non-judgmental hearts to address the issues and problems of today’s society that effects, hinders, and prevents us from prospering and living a successful life.





If you would like to be a part and among an awesome group of young women who believe in helping, supporting and celebrating the ach





ievement and success of each other – this is the organization for you.





Join us at our monthly meeting, supporting women throughout our communities. Come out and be renewed and refreshed. We provide a comfortable atmosphere to develop relationships which are trusting, caring and long-lasting.





If you would like to attend, please contact Mrs. Monroe at 832-877-7541 or email her at Transformation_ 4@yahoo.com for location

ROBIN McGEE IN INDIA











Robin has led a life full of adventure. Raised in a small town in western Pennsylvania, she begged for a horse. She was finally allowed to buy a pony with her own money when she was 14. She grew, but the pony didn’t so she got Joey, a full sized horse. After training to be a brick layer, she left Joey and went to Cincinnati where she could get work. Robin was the first woman to be in the bricklayers union in that city. When the work played out, her aunt invited her to Houston in 1981. She found a place where she could keep a horse so she traveled to PA to get Joey.





Maybe it was lack of money or maybe it was her adventurous spirit or maybe both is why she decided to ride her horse to Houston. She and Joey left Pennsylvania May 11, 1982 and dropped by to see some friends in Cincinnati, Ohio. From there she headed down through Kentucky. In northern Kentucky, a police officer escorted her off the freeway. (Because of the wide expanses of short-mowed grass and because Joey was such a steady-Eddie type of horse, the interstate was their favorite road to ride. Unfortunately, the police to





ok a different view of a horseback traveler on the highway.





A few nights Robin camped out, but spent most nights at farms along the way. When she asked if they had a place for her horse to spend the night and they heard she was riding to Houston, she was often invited in for supper, a bath, breakfast, and given a sack lunch to eat on the way. Once, when Joey needed a new “pair” of shoes, Robin took some of the newspaper clippings written about her adventure and made signs that said Ride the Horse that is Riding to Houston. Kids would pay for a short ride on Joey and an autographed picture.





On November 22, 1982 Robin and Joey rode into Houston. The horse was in excellent condition but as soon as they got here Robin caught a miserable cold. Robin says, “It was a fantastic trip and I’d do it again.”





In Houston, Robin and Joey participated in the programs at the American Cowboy Museum located on the Taylor-Stevenson Ranch. City kids who came to the ranch to get a taste of ranch life and learn some of the less-well-known history, had a chance to learn and ride on Joey.





By 1985, Robin was ready to move on. This time Joey got to ride in a trailer. During their travels, including a stint at a dude ranch in the Colorado Rockies, Joey was exposed to Equine Infectious Anemia, a disease that is either deadly or shows no symptoms. Joey was healthy but the Coggins test showed he was positive and a carrier. After having Joey for 11 years, Robin had to put him down as required by law. It hurt but





it didn’t kill Robin’s love of animals and adventure.





She worked and trained horses in Taiwan, then at animal welfare societies in India working with cats, dogs, monkeys, donkeys, cattle and curly-tip-ear Marwari horses.

While in India, Robin met a person who has the only herd of Marwari horses outside of India. Robin had a job waiting for her on Chappaquiddick Island, Massachusetts taking care of that herd. After a year or so, Texas started calling. Robin arrived in January. She is available for a year or two to train horses, repair saddles make custom made halters, and provide home health care. Just don’t count on her for being here for more than a year or two, but then who knows Robin may be ready to quit flying & settle down. You can reach her at ghodagal@gmail.com











































Fresno joe

Joe, do you know where I can get one of those things that you stick in your ear? “You mean a phone?”

Well I don’t want the phone I just want the little do-hicky you stick in your ear. “Why do you want that?’

So when I’m in the store and start talking to myself, people will think I’m talking on the phone.

YOUR REPRESENTATIVE IN TEXAS

Almeda’s representative, Alma Allen has introduced 12 bills in Texas 82nd session of Congress. HB 918 concerns solid waste facilities, HB 919 air pollution, HB 1321 autism, the other nine concern education including HB916 which gives school districts the right to implement paddling with parents permission. At the present time Fort Bend ISD and HISD have a ban on paddling.

Contact her at 512-463-0744 if you want to comment.

YOUR REPRESENTATIVE IN TEXAS

Ron Reynolds representing District 27 which includes Arcola and Fresno has co-authored HJR 56 which requires the state to fund any mandate which they require of local cities, school districts etc. His # is 512-463-0494

A FEW BILLS UNDER CONSIDERATION

HB 12, concerns immigration, HB 79, concerns Ten Commandments in classrooms, and HJR 39(House Joint Resolution) wants to limit appraisal value of residential property. What they do will affect us.



Tragedy on Almeda School Road

I am having trouble getting info pasted into the blog but I did manage to get this guy's sketch pasted in. More news later.

A sketch of one of the two men who shot and killed the owner of AA Roofing.

Rest of Tragedy on Almeda School Road


TRAGEDY ON ALMEDA SCHOOL ROAD

See picture in previous post below.

Two cold-hearted men demanded money from the owner of AA Roofing. His wife was told to lie down on the floor. They got less than $100 and then shot Armando Alcantara numerous times and sped off in a red 1994 to 1997 regular cab pickup truck, with chrome grill and no license plates, driven by a third man. Armando worked for 20 years as a roofer before reaching his dream of owning his own business. Six years ago he started AA Roofing inside a metal container and grew in size and inventory. After keeping his business open 11 hours a day, Armando went home and did the paper work. With tears in her eyes, his wife says, “He worked too hard and loved his family so much.”

The men who killed Armando and left five children fatherless on January 28th were Central American Hispanic men and had light complexion. Suspect # one is described as 5ft 9in to 6 ft tall, 180 to 200 pounds, mid 20’s to 30’s wearing blue striped polo shirt. Suspect # two 5 ft. 2 in. to 5 in. tall, 130-140 lbs. in mid 20’s. They are on the Internet: http://tinyurl.com/

There is a reward for any information as to the identity of these men. Call HPD Homicide at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222 TIPS.

Condolences

Armando Alcantara, 47, was born October 27, 1963 and left this earth January 28, 2011. The owner of AA Roofing in the 13000 block of Almeda School Road. He worked long hours but had time to watch his son play football at a local field. He liked to BBQ with his family on the weekends on a pit outside his warehouse and enjoyed his two Rottweilers, Lady and Cookie. Armando is survived by Irma, his wife of 20 years, five children: Jazmin, 20; Armando, 18; Jeanette, 11; Jaqueline, 9; and Alan, 5.