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In Memory of

Edmund Villasana

November 17, 1927 - November 23, 2016

Obituary


Edmund Villasana, 89, died in his sleep at home in DeSoto on Wednesday, November 23, 2016. He was born in Dallas on November 17, 1927, to Arturo and Juanita (Ramos) Villasana.



He graduated from N R Crozier Technical High School in 1945. Following his service in the US Army he returned to Dallas and married Virginia (Zapata) Martínez in 1948. He was a founder and leader of the Dallas chapter of the American G.I. Forum. The group campaigned to end discrimination against Mexican Americans in the 1950s. He remained active in local politics...

Edmund Villasana, 89, died in his sleep at home in DeSoto on Wednesday, November 23, 2016. He was born in Dallas on November 17, 1927, to Arturo and Juanita (Ramos) Villasana.



He graduated from N R Crozier Technical High School in 1945. Following his service in the US Army he returned to Dallas and married Virginia (Zapata) Martínez in 1948. He was a founder and leader of the Dallas chapter of the American G.I. Forum. The group campaigned to end discrimination against Mexican Americans in the 1950s. He remained active in local politics and enjoyed success as a jeweler, family man and committed tennis enthusiast.



Survivors include his daughter, Linda Monreal of Cedar Hill, and three sons, Edmund and Joanne Villasana, of Richardson, David and Jennifer Villasana of Atlanta and Theo and Jonna Vaughn of Keller; six grandchildren, Peter, Teresa, Tiffany, Edmund Thomas, Natalie, Madilynn and Bodhi Edmund; three great-grandchildren, Ethan, Avery and Edmund Thomas, Jr; best friend Carolyn Boswell-Ward of Terrell; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and close friends. He was preceded in death by his ex-wife Virginia last year.



Visitation will be from 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM at Gonzalez Funeral Home on Sunday, December 4. Memorial services for Edmund will begin at the Funeral Home on Monday, December 5, at 9:30 AM. He will be laid to rest at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas at 11:15 AM with reception to follow.



Memorial donations may be made to the American Kidney Foundation or the charity of your choice. Three words that sum up his life are love, liberalism and Linda.