A memorial mass for Anastacio H. Estacio, 95, of Tyler will be held on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. at the Chapel of Saints Peter and Paul, 1435 ESE Loop 323 in Tyler, with Bish-op Joseph Strickland officiating.
Anastacio died peacefully and unexpectedly after a brief illness on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, in a Dallas veterans hospital.
He was born on Jan. 21, 1919, in Bautista, Pangasinan, Philippines. He was a dentist by profession.
In Sept. 1, 1941, he was inducted to the United States Armed Forces in the Far East (USAFFE) under the leadership of Capt. Warren (U.S. Army), at Camp James B. Ord, in San Miguel, Tarlac, Philippines, and fought against the Japanese Imperial Forces in Bataan, Philippines. During the Fall of Bataan on April 9, 1942, he was among the thousands of POWs, both Americans and Filipinos, in the infamous Bataan Death March. They were concentrated at Camp O'Donnell in Capas, Tarlac, where he contracted malaria. When he had fully recovered from malaria, he joined the USAFFE Luzon Guerilla Army Forces until the end of World War II in 1946. And because of this act of bravery and heroism during the war, the U.S. government recognized him together with the other thousands of Filipinos by granting them as naturalized U. S. citizen.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita; daughter, Maria Luisa; and son, Emmanuel.
He is survived by his sisters, Luz Canonizado and Lily Rodrigo, both of San Diego, Calif., and Divina Fe Delos Santos, Philippines; son, Lito and wife, Vicky, of Tyler; daughter, Stella, of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; grandchildren, Mary Anne, Ana-stacio III, and Alvin; great-grandchild, Alexander, all of Tyler; five other grandchildren and four great- grandchildren, all of whom are in the Philippines.
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Feb. 9, 2014