Eduardo Pena, Jr.

  • Born: June 27, 1935
  • Died: June 22, 2019
  • Location: San Antonio, Texas

Porter Loring Mortuary

1101 McCullough Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78212
Tel. (210) 227-8221

Tribute & Message From The Family

Eduardo Peña, Jr. age 83, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 22, 2019 in San Antonio, TX. Mr. Peña grew up in Laredo where he was born. He was the first in his family to go to college, graduating from the University of Texas at Austin in 1958. He married his high school sweetheart, Ada Reyna Peña, and they moved to Washington, DC where Peña received his law degree from the Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America in 1967.

Peña worked at the U.S. Capitol for U.S. Senator Ralph Yarborough, from Texas, and for U.S. Senator Birch Bayh, of Indiana, and practiced law in Washington, DC for more than 30 years. He was General Counsel to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute since its founding. He was a Special Advisor to President Lyndon Johnson with the Committee on Mexican American Affairs and helped organize and charter numerous other Latino organizations.

Peña was elected National President of LULAC during its 50th anniversary and served as a founding member of the Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia. His career also included assignments with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and he was appointed by President Nixon to be Executive Director of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). He was a two-time recipient of the DOL's award for meritorious achievement.

"The battles in which we are engaged today continue the legacy left by President Peña and LULAC is fortunate to have had such a leader among us," said Domingo Garcia, LULAC National President. "Our job now is to make sure that we honor his contributions and sacrifices by defending the civil rights of Latinos with the same vigor, passion and determination that he did because we have too much at stake and Ed would expect nothing less of the organization he loved," he added.

Peña proudly served in the U.S. Army after graduating from college and was honorably discharged.

Eduardo Peña, Jr. is survived by his wife of 59 years, Ada R. Peña; his daughter, Celinda Peña Shoffner of Washington, DC; son, Eduardo Peña, III of Santa Barbara, CA, sisters, Elsa Peña Herbeck, Herminia Peña Vigil and Evelina Peña Beltran, all of San Antonio; five grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends.

The family will receive friends at 11:00 a.m., on Sunday, June 30, 2019 and a funeral service will follow at Porter Loring Mortuary North. A funeral mass will take place on Monday, July 1, 2019 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Laredo. Mr. Peña will be buried at Calvary Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 1718 San Jorge Ave., Laredo, Texas 78040.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Ada and family:
Sorry I was not able to attend to the
Guadalupe Church Mass here in Laredo.
By the time I saw the newspaper the time
had passed.
I was very sorry to hear that Eduardo had
passed away.
If you see this msg. please send me your
address from San Antonio.
Your friend,

Posted by A friend   August 16, 2019

Our most sincere condolences on Ed's return to his celestial home! His good deeds go before him! His efforts made our community and country a better place for all. Our prayers for all his family! Sorry we could not be with you! Just found out about his passing!

Posted by Alfredo & Betty Cervera - SAN ANTONIO, TX   July 03, 2019

My condolences to the Pena Family.

Posted by Alonzo Mendez Martinez - Laredo, TX - Family   July 02, 2019

Love and prayers to your Family Cindy...Ratso

Posted by jimmie silman - frederick, MD - Friend   July 01, 2019

The Hispanic community has lost a great friend and a champion of the many issues affecting Hispanics locally, regionally, and nationally. In many ways, Ed was a pioneer, the first to gain a position of influence in the federal government that he could use to guide others. He was always ready to provide insightful counsel gained from his career in the government and national Hispanic organizations. Beyond that, to many of us (civil rights lawyers and Hispanic activists) who worked with him in D. C., Ed will be remembered as a wonderful friend and mentor. He will be missed. Our deepest condolences to his wife Ada and his family. Bendiciones. Patty and Juan Vasquez, Naples, Florida

Posted by Patty M Vasquez - Naples, FL - Friend   June 29, 2019

A wonderful Husband, Father, and a tireless Community Servant--his work reached/ouched many. It says in the Bible, Matthew 25:21 Well done thou good and faithful Servant. Rest in Peace

Posted by schoonoverBob & Jan - San Antonio, TX - Neighbor   June 29, 2019

Dear Ada and family, Our hearts are heavy.... much love from Emilia and Fidel

Posted by Emilia Rul - Alice, TX   June 29, 2019


Mr. Pena was very kind, caring, and a true gentleman. I will miss his random, surprise visits to my office at the LULAC National Office in Washington, D.C. I will forever cherish the stories of LULAC's history, his love, and admiration for his sweetheart and wife, Mrs. Ada Pena, and his passion for civil rights. I could always see his heart smile and his eyes light up with every story shared, he was a very proud husband and father. A true pioneer and passionate civil rights leader. My friend, you will be missed. My deepest condolences to Mrs. Ada, Celinda, and family. ~Maritza Bosques, Washington, DC Jun 29, 2019

Posted by Maritza Bosques - Takoma Park, MD - Friend   June 29, 2019

Our condolence to our sister Ada Carmen, her children, and his family. Guayo, was kind and loving. He and Carmen made our trips to DC so enjoyable and welcoming. He will be greatly missed.

Posted by Jose L. & Olga Reyna - Live Oak, TX   June 28, 2019

Ed was a kind, helpful individual, a true professional. He was most kind to our family, even traveling to Massachusetts to meet with our son Joseph's fellow members of La Alianza at Harvard Law School. Ed was an inspirational example for these students.

Posted by John and Mildred GARCIA - Alexandria, VA - Friend   June 28, 2019

Guayo's true commitment to law, justice and Latino progress was always evident and he leaves a long-lasting legacy. I was fortunate to share some of his activities, including traveling together to Atlantic City for the 1964 National Democratic Convention and a later reception in the White House with President Johnson. He was admirably astute in politics, a skillful writer and an able legal advocate. My wife, Romelia, and I very sincerely render our condolences to Ada and the rest of his family.

Posted by David T. Lopez - Houston, TX   June 27, 2019

I am so sorry to hear if Mr Pena's passing and offer my deepest condolences to Mrs Pena and his family. He was an extraordinary man that served as a role model for many of us. He will never be forgotten because his work will live on.

Posted by Betty Flores - Laredo, TX - Friend   June 27, 2019

My sympathies and condolences to Eduardo Pena's wife & family on behalf of Edwardo Pena, former National President of Lulac who did so much to advance the civil rights and achievements by Hispanics.

By Dario Chapa

Posted by Dario Chapa - San Antonio, TX   June 27, 2019

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