It is with sadness that we share the news that Mr. Jesús “Jesse” S. Treviño, former chair of the IDRA Board of Directors, passed away last week surrounded by family. His commitment to education and empowering children was a driving force in his life. 

Mr. Treviño was the founding chair of the IDRA Board of Directors and served on the board for 44 years, including many years as chair. In 2018, he transitioned his service as IDRA’s founding board member emeritus.

IDRA President & CEO, Celina Moreno, J.D., said: “I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to work with Mr. Treviño. He has been a cherished leader in the IDRA family throughout our almost five decades. We are also so grateful to Mary Lou for her friendship and support and send our deepest condolences to their family.”

Seven days after graduating from high school in Alice, Texas, Mr. Treviño was inducted into the Army Air Force and trained as a ball turret gunner in a B-24 serving three years during World War II and was honorably discharged as a sergeant. He earned a BBA in international trade from the University of Texas in Austin in 1950 and taught sixth grade in Alice for one year. Mr. Treviño later worked for the U.S. Labor Department as a compliance officer and as a special agent for an insurance company. He then opened his own agency as the Jesse Treviño Independent Insurance Agency. He became active in the state association and was the first Mexican American to serve as a board member of the state Association of Independent Agents. 

Mr. Treviño was elected to serve on the McAllen ISD school board, serving 11 years, twice as president. He was selected by Senator Lloyd Bentsen to develop the Council for South Texas Economic Progress, Inc. (COSTEP), a non-profit that provides financial aid to college-bound students and their families. He served on its executive committee for 40 years.

He felt very fortunate and honored to have been awarded Man of the Year by the McAllen Chamber of Commerce, the University of Texas–Pan American International Women’s Board, and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He served as the first layman of the grievance committee of the District for the Texas State Bar Association. He also served on the board of the Driscoll Children’s Hospital, as well as ex-officio of the International Museum of Art & Science board. The Texas State Board of Education named him a Hero for Children.

See an article interview of Jesse and Mary Lou Treviño by South Texas College and rosary and funeral services information.

See a video interview of Jesse Treviño for the UTRGV-Center for Bilingual Studies Oral History Series.

Editor’s Note: The above tribute was penned by the Intercultural Development Research Association, an independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to achieve equal educational opportunity for every child through strong public schools. 

Quality journalism takes time, effort and…. Money!

Producing quality journalism is not cheap. The coronavirus has resulted in falling revenues across the newsrooms of the United States. However, The Rio Grande Guardian International News Service is committed to producing quality news reporting on the issues that matter to border residents. The support of our members is vital in ensuring our mission gets fulfilled. 

Can we count on your support? If so, click HERE. Thank you!

Keep on top of the big stories affecting the Texas-Mexico. Join our mailing list to receive regular email alerts.

Sign-up for the latest news

By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: . You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact