A major pillar in Lubbock's Hispanic community has died.
Richard Lopez suffered a heart attack Saturday, and died early Sunday. Many referred to Lopez as the "Cesar Chavez of West Texas."
He was known for his compassion and community service. Lopez was the executive director of Guadalupe Economic Services Corporation, and was instrumental in the rebuilding of the Guadalupe area after the 1970 tornado.
Just this past January, Lopez was recognized as one of Lubbock's top 20 Hispanics. In December 2000, the park at Auburn and Chicago was named in honor of Lopez.
A rosary will be held at 7p.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph's Church at 102 North Avenue P. Funeral services will take place there Wednesday at 10a.m.
Lopez was 74-years-old.
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