MSgt Donato Morales (USAF Ret), a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend was embraced into God’s loving arms on October 23, 2014. He was born in Martindale, Texas to Tomasa Castro and Pedro Morales; they moved to Bishop, Texas when he was a young boy. He graduated from Bishop High School where he excelled in football, basketball, track and baseball. He met and married the love of his life, his high school sweetheart, Lydia Ramirez. He enlisted in the Air Force and served his country for 23 years. During his highly decorated military career, he was assigned to installations in Washington DC, Alaska, Kansas, Spain, Maryland, Thailand, Michigan and Texas. He was proud to have been selected to the 89Th Military Airlift Wing, the Presidential Squadron at Andrews AFB which provides maintenance support to Air Force One. His post-secondary education included attending the University of Madrid in Spain and the University of Maryland. After his distinguished active-duty career, he served his country for 20 more years in Civil Service at Kelly AFB. Donato loved to dance to all kinds of music and was an avid sports fan. He shared his gift of singing by being in several choirs including the Voices of Victory, St Vincent de Paul Church Charismatic Prayer Group and Resurrection of the Lord Catholic Church music ministry. He also served as usher, Eucharistic minister and was a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, ministering to the poor and needy. For many years, he enjoyed volunteering at the Majestic Theatre and the San Antonio Arts. He was a member of the Virginia Gill Senior Center. He was a kind, humble, and gentle man; admired, respected and loved by all who knew him and will be greatly missed. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Felipa Gomez, Sara Sanchez and brother Elijio Morales. He is survived by his bride of 56 years, Lydia Morales, his two sons Hadrian and Victor (Sandra), his daughter Yvonne Fernandez (Gary), his grandchildren, Ramiro Fernandez, Alicia and Jenelle Morales, his sister Hilaria “Lala” Putnam, brothers, Ramon (Adita) and Delfino Morales and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation begins at 4:00 pm on October 28th with a Holy Rosary to be prayed at 7:00 pm at Castle Ridge Mortuary. The Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on October 29th at 11:30 am at Resurrection of the Lord Catholic Church, 7990 Military Drive, W., San Antonio TX. Donato will be laid to rest at Ft Sam Houston National Cemetery with full military honors. The family asks in lieu of flowers, that donations be made to the St Vincent de Paul Society, Resurrection of the Lord Catholic Church.
Jesse Sida passed away unexpectedly on October 2, 2014, at the age of 75. He is survived by his daughter Gabrielle “Gabby” (Greg), sister Marie, and brother Eddie (Rosemary), and many nieces and nephews. He is preceeded in death by his parents, Ignacio and Juanita Sida, sisters Haydee, Janie, Lupita. brothers Joe and Meme, and brother-in-law John. After serving several years in the Army, he joined the Peace Corps. The Peace Corps took him to Machu Picchu. A time which he always reflected upon with great fondness and emotion. He had a great love of books, music, and grilling. In recent years, he returned to his childhood church, St. Alphonsus and was a beloved member of the congregation. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his name to any of the two charities listed below.