Frank Alvarez Jr.

May 19, 1937January 14, 2011

Frank Alvarez, Jr., 73, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 14, 2011. He is preceded in death by his father Frank Alvarez, Sr. and mother Mela Alvarado Alvarez. He is survived by his wife, Sylvia Palos Alvarez, brother, Ralph and wife Vera, sister, Dolores, son Ralph and wife Sandra, daughters, Monica Dunaway and husband Derek, C. Nicole and Tracy Palos and grandchildren, Lauren, Carson, Allie and Austen as well as numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends. Frank was a native Houstonian who graduated from Jeff Davis High School in 1955. He joined the Army in 1958 and was honorably discharged in 1961. He earned a bachelor's and master's degrees in Mathematics from the University of Houston, College of Science and the degree of Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston. He obtained his license to practice law in 1977. He was a member of the Texas Bar Association and Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Frank became a member of The Mexican American Bar Association of Houston in 1977 and served as President in 1990 - 1991. During his administration as president, he created the mentorship program "Leadership 2000" at Hogg Middle School. He received the 1990 Willie Velasquez Excellence Award for outstanding service to the Hispanic community. Known for his tart tongue, sharp dress and colorful ties, Frank became a successful trial lawyer who loved to practice his craft. He will indeed be missed. Visitation will be held Wednesday, January 19, 2011 from 6-9pm at the Chapel of Pat H. Foley with a Vigil/Rosary service at 7pm. Mass will be held at 1pm, Thursday, January 20, 2011 at St. Rose of Lima, 3600 Brinkman and Interment will follow at Hollywood Cemetery, 3506 North Main.


  • Funeral Service Thursday, January 20, 2011
  • Visitation Wednesday, January 19, 2011
  • Rosary Wednesday, January 19, 2011

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John & Gloria Castillo

February 5, 2011

May the light of this candel forever be embedded in the lives of those you have touched and made them a better person becasue of it. May it also provide comfort to your family knowing that in the end this too shall pass and you will be re-united with them someday in our fathers home. God Bless and take care of you Frank.

Sylvia, it is our belief and faith that our prayers in some way offer you and your family a degree of comfort during these challenging days. Please dont hesitate to call on us if we can be of any help in the years to come. Love...

Teresa Lenoir

January 25, 2011

Dear Sylvia: My computer is not working and I have been sick, that is why I just learned about Frank's passing. I am so very sorry. I know however, that you are strong in faith, and will come through these stressful times. I have a picture of you on my dresser and I look at you every morning. You are smiling and happy. I hope you will find opportunities to smile soon. We all love you and wish you well. Our prayers are with you. Love Teresa Lenoir

Carmen Vázquez

January 24, 2011

Sylvia, our heartfelt condolences are with you and your family. At this time in one's life it's important to remain strong and to remember your friends are there with you through your tough time.

With Love, Carmen and Orlando Vázquez

Leavery Davidson

January 22, 2011

May the blessings and favor of God be with the family. Sylvia I could not be with you, but I am praying that God will give you the strength and peace to endure this endeavor. Leavery Davidson

January 21, 2011

Dear Sylvia, John and I are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our sympathies and prayers are with you and your family.

Sincerely, Irene de Leon

January 21, 2011


Our deepest sympathies for your loss. You and your family will be in our prayers.

Michael and Lisa Burciaga

Lola Castillo

January 21, 2011

Chihuahua Frank, I'm s-o-o sorry to hear of your death. Salvador told me that you were very sick and that really saddened me. I remember meeting you during the turbulent times of the 70's during the Chicano movement. You and Luis Cano and other companeros, were part of U of H MAYO trying to create the Mexican American Studies Program, a very successful and important program for Chicano students, while the rest of us were in Barrio MAYO stirring up our people to bring about progressive changes on the local level. Throughout the years we ran across each other while working on issues affecting our community. Frank, it was great working with you. You were so crazy and funny AND very intelligent.All of us who had the pleasure of knowing you will truly miss you.

"Go your way to the land of the Ancestors; there they wait for you with open arms, there on the edge between this world and the next. See; there they stand. Ancestral spirits, welcome this one to the place where we all must go."

Adios Amigo!


January 19, 2011

Our deepest sympathy to you and all of Frank's loved ones, Sylvia. - the Pitzer Family

Bonnie Percely

January 19, 2011

I am sorry for your loss and thankful for knowing Frank for many years. He worked many cases with my ex-husband and I always enjoyed our times together. He was a tough guy and fought hard to be with his family. He will be missed, but remember all the beautiful memories you shared. Bless all of you.
My prayers are with you, Bonnie Percely

Laura & Tomas Hernández

January 19, 2011

Mrs. Palos, mis más sentidas condolencias a usted y su familia. Le voy a pedir a Dios que le de fortaleza para que pueda pasar por lo que le esta sucediendo. La acompaño en sus sentimientos.