Raphael was an Explorer Scout when he began his interest in law enforcement. He wanted to help people, especially the defenseless. Raphael graduated from Southwest Texas State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. Prior to working for the Stafford Police Dept., he was employed by the Bee County Sheriff's Office, in Beeville, as well as The Department of Defense at N.A.S. Ingleside.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Mariano and Consolation Virata of Rosario Cavite, Philippines, and Nathan Hilton and Virginia Jones of Tallahassee, Fla; by his father, Antonio Mercado Virata; and nephew, Mariano Easterling Virata.
Survivors include his wife, Michelle Virata and daughter, Jordan Faye Virata of Sugar Land; mother, Vivian Faye Virata of Beeville; uncles, Hilton Jones of Jacksonville, FL., and Damien (Norma) Virata of Cavite; aunts, Minerva (Armando) Reano of Alberta Canada, Aida Delos Santos and Benny Morada of Cavite, Philippines; sister, Velina Tekla Virata; brother, Mariano Jones (Lois Jo Easterling) Virata of Beeville; nephews, Michael Nathaniel Virata, Jonathan Avery (Diana) Durant and Daniel Antonio (Maggie) Durant; niece Danah Gloria (Nicholas) Kietzer; great-nephews, Andrew Kietzer and Hunter Durant; great-niece, Emily Kietzer; and other loving relatives. He also left behind his great friend, Richard Ramirez of the Stafford Police Dept., and his business partner, Dipak Pindolia of Houston Mud Logging Supplies.
A memorial service was held at 1 p.m. Monday, March 11, 2013, at the Stafford Center, 10505 Cash Road, Stafford, TX. Private interment will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Raphael’s memory may be made to Behind the Badge or to the charity of your choice.