OBITUARY

Jorge Antonio Solis Sr.

May 1, 1951October 8, 2021
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Jorge Antonio Solis, Sr. (May 1, 1951 - October 8, 2021)

Jorge Antonio Solis, Sr. took the Lord’s hand on Friday, October 8, 2021. He is survived by his son Jorge Solis, Jr (Jackie) and granddaughter Georgiana, son Daniel Solis, daughter Diane Solis, and the mother of his children, Rebecca; sisters Nora Solis Reyes (Frank), Gilda Solis Pierce (Mark) and brothers Jesus Solis Jr. (Renita), Alberto Solis (Tina), and Alfredo Solis (Marina); Sixteen nieces and nephews, seven great nieces and nephews, and ten great-great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesus and Maria Solis, and his sister, Maria Teresa Solis.

Jorge was born on May 1, 1951 in San Ygnacio, Texas. He and his family moved to Abilene, Texas on December 26, 1955. He graduated from Abilene High School in 1969, and from there went on to McMurry College and received his BA in History and Political Science in 1973. He dreamed of attending the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, and was so excited when he was accepted in 1973. He graduated with a Juris Doctor degree from UT Law in 1976.

After law school, he became an assistant criminal district attorney for the Taylor County District Attorney’s Office in Abilene, Taylor County, Texas from 1976 to 1981. He then went into private practice from 1981 to 1982. In 1982, he was elected as the first Hispanic District Attorney for Taylor County, and served in that position from 1983 to 1987. He was a special prosecutor for the Narcotics Task Force in 1988. He then ran for Taylor County District Judge of the 350th District Court of Texas and won, serving in this position from 1989 to 1991.

In June 1991, Jorge was nominated by President George H. W. Bush, and later confirmed by the US Senate for a seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas. He served as a Federal Judge for twenty-five years, until he retired as Chief Judge on May 1, 2016. In 2018, he joined the law firm of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, where he was employed at the time of his death. Jorge was a devout Catholic and devoted family man who spread love, wisdom and prayers around wherever he went. He was a man of courage, conviction, and compassion. He lent a helping hand to those who needed it the most, and mentored many young, ambitious attorneys. Our grieving hearts take comfort in knowing how many lives he touched.

In lieu of flowers The Solis Family asks that you please consider making a donation at " The Judge Jorge A. Solis Memorial Scholarship Fund" provided by The University of Texas Law School Foundation. www.UTLSF.org/Solis

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, October 19, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Wednesday, October 20, 2021

  • Burial

    Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Final Resting Place

Jorge Antonio Solis Sr.

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Vance & Elva Marquez

October 25, 2021

Our deepest condolences to Becky & all the Solis family. We rejoice that George is in the arms of God and is waiting for all his family to be reunited with him in heaven. You will be missed my friend..

Cheryl Pita

October 19, 2021

Jorge Solis was my friend & coworker. I knew Jorge while attending McMurry College in 1971-74 . Our paths crossed again at the Taylor Co. Courthouse & again in Dallas while Jorge was presiding as a federal district judge. Always a professional & a kind man to all the people he met. Judge Solis, you heard The Lord say ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
Prayers for the Solis family at this sad time. —Cheryl Pita

Edna Morales

October 16, 2021

R.I.P. Primo Jorge. We’ve known Jorge as a caring, gentle, and intelligent man. (He took after his parents who were very nice, loving people). He was very attentive and a man of peace. We’ve admired him for his faith and much success in life. He never bragged about his personal achievements. He truly was and will always be a role model. Two of us (Jorge Abel and Oscar) visited with Jorge and his brothers and sisters in Abilene on October 1, 2021. We talked, laughed, and ate together. We are grateful for the pictures we took with them. We will treasure these pictures always. We had a very nice time! We wish Jorge’s family strength and peace. The Garcia Solis Family - Cousins: Mario, Hector, Elda, Jorge, Oscar, Ramiro, Sergio, Edna, Elma and Victor. San Ygnacio/Zapata, Texas

Stan Brown

October 15, 2021

I've known Judge Solis since he started as an Assistant District Attorney in Taylor County in 1976. At that time I had only been practicing law in Abilene for less than four years. As both an adversary and then a Judge, he was always one of the very best lawyers to work with and/or against. I can honestly say that in my almost forty years of being around him in various legal settings, he was always a man of good humor and reason. The last time I spoke with him was at his retirement ceremony at Perini's. As he and my wife, Lupe, conversed briefly in Spanish, he gave me that sly smile of his, knowing I was understanding most of what they were saying. REST IN PEACE, YOUR HONOR!!

Sylvia Padilla Young

October 15, 2021

To The Solis Family
My dearest sympathy to all of you
I went through grade school and high school with Jorge
Kindest person I've ever met.
He will be dearly missed by many friends and mostly by his family
May God be with you and Family

Sylvia Padilla Young
New Market, MD 21774

Roy A. Jones II

October 14, 2021

I met George the day he was sworn in as an assistant criminal attorney, hired by the late Ed Paynter, in 1976. I covered the courthouse beat for the Abilene Reporter-News during all of George's legal career in Abilene. Unlike with many public officials, our relationship was never adversarial. He knew I had a job to do and never became irritated with repeated requests for information. He made me a better reporter by trusting me not to reveal information given in confidence, for background only. He even let me proofread proposed indictments which weren't actually a public record until a grand jury ruled on them. Besides the occasional typo, I saved him some embarrassment with two discoveries: murder "by shooting him with a deadly weapon, to wit, a knife..." and describing the vehicle in a DWI case as a "mophead" rather than a "moped." George was a daily jogger and asked me if I would help him train to run the Abilene marathon one year. He was as tenacious in his training as he was the the courtroom and I paced him to the completion of that 26.2-mile challenge. I was proud to cover his "rags to riches" career -- from being a soda jerk at A&W Root Beer to becoming our first Hispanic criminal district attorney, first Hispanic district judge, and finally his nomination by President H.W. Bush to the federal court bench. I was not surprised when he rose through the ranks to become chief judge of the Northern District of Texas, presiding over some of the nation's high profile cases. I understand he had his fatal heart attack while attending mass. How fitting for the devout Catholic, Rest in peace, my friend. Maybe we can run another marathon together on the golden streets of heaven some day.

RICHARD KINNEY

October 14, 2021

Jorge and I started 1st grade together at Fannin. Jorge is pronounced Hor-Hey in spanish. He received lots of teasing about his name that by 4th grade he was going by George. He used George through AHS. Many knew him as the manager at A&W. I was asst mgr at Sirloin Stockade. Some nights we swapped steaks for hamburgers. George was the 2nd of 7 kids and I was the oldest of 5. In high school we only lived 4 blocks apart off Anson Ave. He was on Hohertz and I was on Hickory. We were in Data Processing class together for 2 years. He had a 63 Ford Galaxy and I had a 59 Ford. A few times we challenged the offer at Key City Drivein to see how many friends and kids we could cram in a car to get in for 49 cents a carload. His trunk was bigger than mine. We boxed together at his house and the boys club. His nickname at the boys club was No Neck Solis. He was good betther than me. We both went to Dallas in 91 after his Investure to the Federal bench. I was doing computers for WTU. I got a computer degree after the war. I lied when the FBI called about his background check and said we had a normal childhood. We played doubles at his country club. We still met for dinner occasionaly when he came to town. Sorry for ramblin. I will sorely miss you my dear friend Hor-Hey. Rick

Edna Morales

October 14, 2021

Cousin Jorge, I am deeply saddened by your sudden death. We’ve lived many miles away from each other, yet you have always been close to my heart. You were a beautiful person, full of faith and love. Your kind face and smile, your humbleness and sincerity will remain vivid in my mind. With a heavy heart I pray for you, dear cousin, for you have been a man of distinguished caliber. You make me so proud! GOD will assign you to watch over us and I know you will do it extremely well. To Jorge’s Family- We offer our thoughts, prayers, and well wishes during this dark time. With much love❤️Edna Garcia (Solis) Morales, Jose Luis Morales & family Zapata, Texas

Ysau Flores

October 13, 2021

I've known Judge Solis since we were at Fannin Elem, Abilene HS and McMurry College. We often studied together at AHS and McM for hours since we weren't athletes, LoL. Jorge always spoke of being a lawyer, asked me to join him at UT Law school but I decided I needed some money so I took a teaching/coaching job at AHS, dream job. I also taught at McM, while there, I invited Jorge to speak to my future coaches, several times, when he was an assistant criminal attorney for Taylor County District Attorney's office. He didn't ask for a fee or anything, just happy to inform all those future coaches.
Vaya con Dios Juez
Ysau Flores

Carol Corley

October 13, 2021

Jorge and I have known each other for years attending schools together in Abilene. He was one of the nicest guys you could ever meet and a true Christian. He will be missed by many many people and my thoughts go out to his family at this difficult time. RIP friend.

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