The loss of Sam Moreno means Dallas has lost another member of the "Dirty Dozen", that 60s-70s group of Mexican American civic leaders who helped open Dallas' political doors when the establishment leaders were trying to hold the doors closed. Dallas will miss the leadership that Sam brought to our community. Albert Valtierra
Samuel A. Moreno, 88, passed away at his home in Irving, Texas on Friday, August 7, 2015. Samuel is survived by his loving wife Eugenia. Samuel and Eugenia met as neighbors on Floyd Street in Dallas. These childhood sweethearts enjoyed 68 years marriage.He was born in Kansas City in 1927, the son of Dolores and Maria Moreno. Maria Moreno had significant contributions to the Dallas community during her life as a teacher and champion for the education of hispanic children in Dallas. In 1995 Maria Moreno Elementary School in Dallas was named in her honor.
His parents fostered a love for education and service in Samuel who had an extensive background in business after graduating from SMU with a degree in Banking and Finance but was most passionate about his civic and social contributions.
He was Chairman of the Board for the National Hispanic Institute, Member of the "Dirty Dozen", Founder of the s" Floor Museum in Dallas, Board Member National Hispanic Institute Board in Maxwell, Texas, Board Member for the State Fair of Texas Association, Vice President for the City of Dallas Park and Recreation Board, Assistant City Manager of the City of Dallas, service in the Naval and Air Force Reserves, President of the Greater Dallas Community of Churches, Trustee at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, Board Member Republic National Bank of Dallas-East, Chairman of the Board Dallas County Mental Health/Retardation Board, Chairman of the Board of EI Centro Federal Saving and Loan Association, Trustee of Methodist Hospitals of Dallas, Chairman of the Board RHD Hospital, Board Member Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce, Member of the Dallas Assembly, Chairman of the Board and Lay Leader of Agape Memorial UMN.Samuel was involved in many business endeavors. He founded Petroleum Energy EquipmentCooperation (PEEC) and worked for Gulf Oil and the City of Dallas as an Assistant City Manager. Samuel loved his work and never retired from his final career as an interpreter for Federal, State, County Court hearings and trials as well as in depositions, debriefings and pre-sentence investigations. An avid tennis player, Samuel was a longtime member to Brookhaven Country Club.
Other hobbies included singing and acting. He starred in the first telenovela produced in Dallas La Le DelSilencio. He sang in his church choir at Agape Memorial Methodist Church and was well known for his impromptu performances at social and family events.Samuel is lovingly remembered by his wife Eugenia; his son David; daughters Mary and Anna. He also leaves a sister Adelina, grandchildren Elysia, Michael, Danielle, Nicole, Aaron and great-grandchildren Evan, Mark, Fabian, Owen, Logan and Arlo. Samuel is preceded in death by his son Fabian.Family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 pm on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at Restland Funeral Home. Services for Samuel will take place at 10:30 am on Thursday, August 13, 2015 at The Memorial Chapel at Restland Funeral Home.