Frank Antonio Aguilar
Frank A. Aguilar, a Dallas Civic leader and Vietnam veteran, died of bone cancer Dec. 1 at Baylor University Medical Center. Mr. Aguilar arrived in Dallas in 1971 after serving three tours of duty in the Vietnam War. He had been involved in Mexican-American politics and community affairs ever since. He worked for the city of Dallas for more than 25 years as an electrician, master electrician, inspector, and senior plans examiner. Mr. Aguilar was born Aug. 12, 1948, in Ogden, Utah. At age 12, he moved to Texas, living in Laredo and Corpus Christi. He joined the Army after high school. 10lst Airborne Division, earning the rank of buck sergeant. He served as a paratrooper and crew chief and was shot down three times. In his third and final year of service he served on a medical evacuation unit. He was discharged in 1971 and married Teresa Aguilar the same year. In Dallas, Mr. Aguilar was a League of United Latin American Citizens council member. He represented the Mexican American Democrats of Texas as a state delegate to two Democratic conventions in the 1990s. The bulk of Mr. Aguilar's community involvement revolved around children. He co-founded the Dallas Parochial Soccer League in the early 1980s. For 15 years, he was a coach and a referee and taught children how to officiate. He volunteered as assistant school and became part of the youth wrestling coach for the Poly America wrestling program, and he helped implement a wrestling program at Bishop Dunne High School. He also spent time tutoring fourth-grade students in math at Cesar Chavez Learning Center. Mr. Aguilar was active in the PTA at St. Elizabeth of Hungary School and at Bishop Dunne. He coached Little League, and was Boy Scout den leader and Scoutmaster for Throop 788 for 10 years. Through his leadership with the Mountain Creek neighborhood association in southwest Dallas, many improvements were brought to the area, such as a park, street and alley repaving, Mrs. Aguilar said. He was involved in Veterans of Foreign Wars activities and was a member of St. Elizabeth of Hungary. "He was very civic-minded. He loved kids," Mrs. Aguilar said. In addition to Mrs. Aguilar, Mr. Aguilar is survived by son Maurice Aguilar; brothers Jessie Aguilar, Eddie Aguilar, Isidro Aguilar, and Gilbert Aguilar; sisters Rosa Selvera, Hortensia Velasquez, all of Dallas, and Magdalena Pardo of Houston; and one granddaughter.