Manuel "Pup"


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Manuel "Pup" Soto

Mar 12 1928 - Jun 29 2008

Mr. Manuel “Pup” Soto, age 80, of Dallas, Texas passed away June 29, 2008, in Dallas. He was born on March 12, 1928, in Kansas City, Missouri to Lorenzo and Victoria (Moreno) Soto. He graduated from Washington High School the class of 1946, and attended Los Angeles City College and the University of California, School of Criminology at Berkeley. Later, Manuel received a full scholarship to attend Loyola University in Chicago, School of Social Work. He also attended related courses at St. Joseph College and Indiana University Extension program. After two years in the U.S. Army Military Police Corp, he returned to East Chicago and was certified by the State of Indiana as a Probation Officer, School Social Worker and Attendance Officer. He was employed in the Lake County Juvenile Court, Gary School System and Director of the L.C.E.O.C. office in East Chicago. Manuel later worked for the Office of Civil Rights in Dallas, Texas. He was promoted to Associate Regional Commissioner for Youth Development and finished twenty seven years as a Federal employee as Program Director in the field of Development Disabilities. Manuel’s parents urged him and his siblings to contribute to the community by volunteering through community activities and social services at all levels, local, state and national. He worked as a volunteer for many organizations including the Presidential Committee on Mental Retardation, S.M.U. Advisory Council, East Chicago and Dallas G.I. Forum, Dallas Texas Lulac #272, and the Texas Fiesta Educativa for Hispanic families. Manuel was the organizer and a charter board member of the Pan American National Bank of Dallas. He was also an Ambassador Volunteer at Terminal D, DFW Airport. He is survived by his wife, Henrietta Soto of Dallas; son, Douglas Soto of Lewisville, Texas; daughter, Laura Soto Lynch and husband, Darren of Plano, Texas; grandchildren, Joshua, Rachel, and Abigail; brother, Vincent Soto of Munster, Indiana; and sisters, Mercedes Cardiel of East Chicago, Illinois, Helen Morales of Crown Point Indiana, and Angeline Vela of Hammond, Indiana. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Kimberly Ann Soto; son, Brian M. Soto; and siblings, Jesse Soto, Daniel Soto, Guadalupe Soto, Andrew Soto, and Victoria Candelaria. A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Thursday, July 3, 2008, in the Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Chapel. The family will receive friends for a remembrance gathering from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Wednesday at the Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home.
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