FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 23, 2007
AUSTIN, TX-Today Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., presented Senate Resolution 23 honoring the life, works and birthday of his long-time friend and colleague, former Sen. Frank Madla, who died Nov. 24, 2006, in a house fire at his residence in San Antonio. He would have turned 70 today.
"Reflecting on Pancho's (nickname for Frank) life, I think we must all agree that he lived an 'honorable' life," said the Senator. "He was a man of the greatest compassion, and dedicated his life to family and the well-being of his fellow Texans. He was a 'godly' man, whose personal religious convictions and beliefs guided his actions."
Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, who co-authored the Resolution, also presented two other Senate Resolutions (SR 24 and SR 25 respectively) co-authored by Sen. Lucio, one for Aleena Virginia Jimenez, five-year-old granddaughter of Sen. Madla, and one for Mary Cruz, 81, his mother-in-law. Both also died as a result of the house fire.
"Frank never ran out of ideas on how to improve the economy in his district, how to create jobs for people and how to make lives better," remarked Sen. Van de Putte, a San Antonio legislator. "As we look at all the good across Texas, which would not exist but for the life's work of Frank Madla, we will forever hear the great roar of a quiet man."
Sen. Lucio noted that "as we embark on this new legislative session, I must say that I feel a void in my life-to start this session without my best friend. I will also be without the joy of embracing a little angel, Aleena."
During the ceremony, attended by Gov. Rick Perry and his wife, Anita, Sen. Lucio turned to Helen Madla, Sen. Madla's widow; his daughter, Marci; his son, Dr. Frank III, and wife Nennette; and other family members to tell them that he always remembered praying with Frank for peace, for the poor, the hungry, the needy and especially for the sick and those who are terminally ill.
"He believed strongly in the power of prayer and always encouraged forgiveness," added Sen. Lucio. "You see, Frank was truly a man of God, and it was this faith that makes me certain that today, Frank Madla, Jr., is a man with God."
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, presided over the Senate and offered condolence remarks. Members of both the Madla family, including Sen. Madla's brother, Ralph Madla; sister, Mary Ellen Ibarra; step-granddaughter, Crystal Torres; and of the Cruz family attended the event.