He was born on Nov. 4, 1928, in Gonzales to Joe and Cornelia Portales. He graduated from high school in Gonzales in 1948, spent a year at Loyola University in New Orleans, La., then served in United States Air Force as an air traffic controller. After completing his time in the service, he returned to Gonzales to help with the family business before returning to college. He attended the University of Houston, becoming the first Hispanic to graduate with a doctorate of optometry degree in the state of Texas in 1957. He practiced optometry in Eagle Pass and Del Rio until his retirement. He participated in many civic organizations in his community and was honored as “Citizen of the Year” by the San Felipe Lions Club. He spent time as a boxer, pilot, Charro, golfer and was an avid traveler.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Leti; two brothers, Lupe and Joe; a sister, Josephine and her husband, Manuel Ramirez; and a brother-in-law, Armando Flores.
Survivors include two sons, Rick (Theresa) and Joseph (Yvonne); a daughter, Nina (Fred) Kinnicutt; eight grandchildren, Andrea, Erica, Danny, Andrew and Alex Portales, Sarah, Jonathan and Ellie Kinnicutt; four sisters, Consuelo Flores, Ofelia (Judge (Ret.) Karl) Turner, Rachel Cantu and Becky Portales; and a brother, Dr. Carlos (Irene) Portales.
Services were held at St. Luke Catholic Church in San Antonio. A rosary was recited there on Sunday at 8 p.m.
The funeral Mass was conducted Monday morning at 10 o’clock with Father Jim Fischler from Mr. Portales’ home parish of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Del Rio officiating. Interment was held on Thursday at 10 a.m. with Father Paul Raaz officiating.
Pallbearers were his nephews, Jose Valdez, Manuel Ramirez Jr., Armando Flores Jr., Dr. Larry Portales, John Cantu, Chris Caceres and Dr. Charles Portales.
Honorary pallbearers were Dr. William Elizondo, Eddie Garza, Charles Huriega, Polo Del Rio, Adan Salazar, Dr. Henry Daly, Dr. Farrell Hardin and Judge Karl Turner.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Prostate Cancer Foundation: 1256 6th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401 or www.pcf.org./Portales.
Treviño Funeral Home