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Sunset Northwest Funeral Home

6321 Bandera Road, San Antonio, TX

OBITUARY

Francisco Peña Jr.

February 5, 1933January 19, 2020

Frank Pena, CMSgt, USAF (Ret.), musician, probation officer, deputy constable, loving father and devoted husband passed away January 19, 2020. His final days were spent with his family by his side. Frank is survived by his wife, Celia (Sally) Pena, his children: Sandy Pitman, Judi Bailey, Mickey Pena, Roberta Urrutia, Julie Pena, and Anna Pena, his brother, Charles Pena, 11 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and 1 great, great grandson. He is preceded in death by his parents and his son, Pat Pena. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Holy Cross High School www.holycross-sa.socs.net Visitation and Memorial Service Friday, February 28th at 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM, respectively. Sunset Northwest Funeral Home 6321 Bandera Rd. San Antonio, TX 78238 Rosary and Mass Saturday, February 29th at 9:30 AM and 10:00 AM, respectively. St. Francis of Assisi 4201 De Zavala Rd. San Antonio, TX 78249 For additional information about his life, see www.facebook.com/Frank.pena.980

  • FAMILY

  • Francisco and Julia Salas Peña, Parents (deceased)
  • Pat Peña, Son (deceased)
  • Celia Peña, Wife of 69 years
  • Sandy Pitman and husband Bill, Daughter
  • Judi Bailey and husband Don, Daughter
  • Mickey Peña, Son
  • Roberta Urrutia and husband Michael, Daughter
  • Julie Peña and Aaron Pratt, Daughter
  • Anna Peña, Daughter
  • Adrian, Philip and Alec Castellano, Grandchildren
  • Ryan Bailey, Colin Peña, and Lauren C. Juarez, Grandchildren
  • Patrick and Andrea Urrutia, Grandchildren
  • Louis Peña, Nicolas Resendez and Cristopher Resendez, Grandchildren
  • Adam, Byran, Gabriel and Kailey Castellano,, Great-Grandchildren
  • Malia Peña, and Brandon Castellano, Great-Grandchildren
  • Reese Peña and Jaydin Bailey, Great-Grandchildren
  • Ian Castellano, Great-great grandson
  • Charles Peña, Brother

Services

28 February

Visitation

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Sunset Northwest Funeral Home

6321 Bandera Road
San Antonio, Texas 78238

28 February

Memorial Service

7:00 pm

Sunset Northwest Funeral Home

6321 Bandera Road
San Antonio, Texas 78238

29 February

Funeral Rosary

9:30 am

St. Francis of Assisi

4201 De Zavala Rd
San Antonio, Texas 78249

29 February

Funeral Mass

10:00 am

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

4201 De Zavala Rd
San Antonio, Texas 78249

Memories

Francisco Peña Jr.

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James Ruiz

February 15, 2020

In 1996 You became my P.O., you spoke up for me and saved me from prison..You said this man is salvageble to the judge,you had faith in me.My parents thanked you,I thanked you we spend several years seeing each other.Mr. Pena was a good man he believed in second chances and now I am 61 and Mr. Pena I never let you down stayed clean because of you my life turned around for the better..To your family I send my heart felt condolences and I came here today many years later because I never forgot you and your help.This man saved me..I know you are with God Mr.Pena I will never forget you. Rest in peace with our Lord...Amen

George Cisneros, Jr.

February 6, 2020

"Gussy" Pena was a good man. He set an example for all who knew him for standards of fatherhood, community service, patriotism, friendship and musicianship.
Without his support and encouragement, I would not be the person I am today. He always provided strength and optimism in every situation when I came to him for advice or just needed company. The soundtrack of my childhood was composed of mothers calling their children, the yells of kids at play and the beautiful sound of Gussy's trumpet practicing for an upcoming gig. It was a wonderful memory I hold dear.
When the Pena family decided to move from Monterrey Street to the northwest suburbs, there was hole in our neighborhood. My friends Pat and Mickey, Gussy's sons; the joyful Pena girls and Sally all were gone.
A few years later, Pat, known for his athletic exploits of absolute abandonment that defied common sense, tragically died in a car accident. I lost my friend twice.
A few weeks after Pat's funeral, Gussy called our home and invited me to go with him to rehearsals with various orchestras including those headed by Paul Elizondo, Pete. Protillo, Fred Salas, Mateo Camargo and Ramiro Cervera. Although I was a percussionist, I gravitated to the production side of sound systems and lights. This provided a foundation of skills I still use today. I often wonder why Gussy took such an effort to mentor me.
Life continued, we took our paths and reconnected as if no time had past. In 2002, Gussy and I met backstage at some gig - he, as a member of Paul's band and I, a drummer with URBAN-15. He had an interest in playing percussion and agreed to attend some of our rehearsals. Gussy fit in seamlessly - mastering the exotic hand percussion instruments and providing in-depth knowledge of Latin music rhythms and history. We welcomed him as a teacher and friend. A memorable time was our participation in President Obama's Inauguration. We celebrated an historic moment. I cherish our time together.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY