Noel N. Pena Jr., age 61, a resident of Kingsville, Texas passed away Tuesday, October 31, 2017 in Harlingen, Texas after a sudden illness. He was born December 19, 1955 in Rio Grande City, Texas to Noel N. Pena and Josefina Trevino Pena. He was raised in Delmita, Texas and grew up working on the family ranch known as Santa Teresa. Noel attended schools in the San Isidro Independent School District, graduating in 1974. He earned his degree in political science, journalism and Spanish from Texas A&I University in 1977, and later graduated from Texas A&I University with a Masters in Sociology and Political Science in 1986. Noel also completed the Professional Mediation Training, Mediation Basic Training and Family Mediation Training, a State Bar approved 66 hour certification program from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas.
Noel was appointed as Director/Chief Probation Officer by the 105 Judicial District Court in 1990 and served in that capacity for 20 years, serving Kleberg and Kenedy County. He served as Probation Officer for eight years for Kleberg and Kenedy County and retired as Director for Adult and Juvenile Probation on December 31, 2010. Noel taught Criminology classes at Texas A&M University – Kingsville as an adjunct faculty instructor since 1998. Noel has served as Kingsville City Commissioner since May 2012 serving over five years. He also served as Deputy Elections Administrator in Kenedy County.
He was preceded in death by his father, Noel Niceforo Pena; and niece, Kennie Alaniz.
Noel is survived by his wife of 31 years, Diana Guerrero-Pena of Kingsville; mother, Josefina T. Pena of Delmita, Texas; five siblings, Jorge E. Pena (Martha) of Delmita, Josie Pineda of Brownsville, Texas, Rosie Uresti of McAllen, Texas, Celina Alaniz (Refugio) of Rio Grande City, Texas and Jessica Salazar (Manuel) of San Antonio, Texas; numerous nieces, nephews and many friends.
Visitation will take place from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday, November 3, 2017 at the Turcotte-Piper Mortuary Chapel and from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at St. Martin’s Catholic Church. Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. Friday, November 3, 2017 at St. Martin’s Catholic Church. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, November 4, 2017 at St. Martin’s Catholic Church, 715 North 8th Street, Kingsville. There will be no burial.
Active pallbearers will be Leo Alarcon, Brian Birdwell, Fidel Fernandez, Al Garcia, Albert Ramirez and Arnold Villarreal.
Services are entrusted to Turcotte-Piper Mortuary, 205 General Cavazos Blvd., Kingsville, Texas.
QEPD. RIP. WILL MISS YOU,FRIEND
Our deepest condolences during this very sad time. Thoughts and prayers for your family.
Grace and Nemorio SaenzKingsville, TX
Our deepest condolences to the Pena family. May Noel RIP.😟🕊️🕊️💐💐😍❤️❤️
Lesvia & Maria GuerraSan Isidro, TX
Words cannot express my sorrow. My deepest condolences to his his wife and family. We have lost a great and wonderful man who selflessly served this community.
Nilda I. SalinasKingsville, TX
Thinking of you and sending my prayers and condolences during this time of loss.
Yvonne Boggan BodinRiviera, TX