87R29603 TBO-D
 
  By: Herrero H.R. No. 1811
 
 
 
R E S O L U T I O N
         WHEREAS, A rich and purposeful life drew to a close on May 16,
  2021, with the passing of Rene Daniel Rodriguez of Corpus Christi at
  the age of 68; and
         WHEREAS, The son of Idolina and Jose Maria Rodriguez, Rene
  Rodriguez was born on January 26, 1953, in Kingsville and grew up
  with four siblings, Carlos, Cindy, Sylvia, and Joe; he attended
  Carroll High School in Corpus Christi before earning a bachelor's
  degree in accounting from Texas A&I University in Kingsville and a
  juris doctor degree from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at
  Texas Southern University; and
         WHEREAS, Over the course of his 44-year law career,
  Mr. Rodriguez distinguished himself as a champion of social justice
  and fierce advocate for his clients; he started his career with the
  Federal Trade Commission and U.S. Treasury Department before
  finding success in private practice as a criminal defense and
  personal injury attorney; he went on to serve as a mentor to an
  array of diverse and progressive Hispanic candidates vying for a
  broad range of local and state elective offices; and
         WHEREAS, Mr. Rodriguez's involvement in the community
  encompassed a number of other endeavors as well; he founded a youth
  martial arts program as well as a charitable foundation, Fighting
  to Rid Gangs in America, that supported such vital programs as the
  National Hispanic Institute, ChicasRock, the Women's Shelter of
  South Texas, Kids in the Kitchen, and various other initiatives; he
  also put his legendary barbecue skills to use while preparing meals
  for thousands of parishioners at the yearly Journey to Damascus
  retreat; and
         WHEREAS, Mr. Rodriguez and his wife, Nelda Vidaurri, shared a
  loving relationship that spanned 47 years; he took great pride in
  their children, Robert and Kate, and with the passing years, he had
  the pleasure of seeing his family grow to include a son-in-law, Mike
  Treiber, and two cherished grandsons, Patrick and Vincent Treiber;
  and
         WHEREAS, Rene Rodriguez gave freely of his time and expertise
  to better his community, and he leaves behind a record of service
  that his friends and loved ones can remember with pride; now,
  therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 87th Texas
  Legislature hereby pay tribute to the life of Rene Daniel Rodriguez
  and extend sincere sympathy to all who mourn his passing; and, be it
  further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for his family and that when the Texas House of
  Representatives adjourns this day, it do so in memory of Rene
  Rodriguez.