Mr. Alaniz was born 100 years ago in Garcenio community, between Roma and Rio Grande City in Starr County, to Vidal and Patricia Alaniz. He married Josefa Rosa on Jan. 13, 1934, with whom he had eight children. He worked at a cement factory plant; as a truck driver, transporting migrant farm workers; and also at many farms and ranches at various locations in the Valley, the Coastal Bend, and in West Texas. He retired from Lykes Brothers Feed Lot in Edroy.
He was predeceased by his wife in 2005, and also two children, Vidal Alaniz and Albesa Silva.
Surviving children include: Arcelia Suarez, Angelita Loza, Lala Garcia, Rosie Pickett, Nick Alaniz Jr. and Maria Ramirez.
In addition to his children, Nicolas has 34 grandchildren, 90 great-grandchildren, 67 great-great-grandchildren, one great-great-great-grandchild, and many nieces and nephews. He also has one living brother, Jose Alaniz (92 years old) in Starr County.