Our father, Peter Holguin Tovar, left this world on 16 September 2022, at the age of 92. He will be sadly missed and will always hold a place in our hearts. He was the paterfamilias of his family, a stall worth father, and a kind and generous grandfather and great grandfather. He strived to always be there when we needed him. He also had many friends and was a respected and well-loved member of the El Paso community, his beloved boy hood home. He was a graduate of Ysleta High School and the University of Texas El Paso. He was an active member of St Luke’s Catholic Church parish and a fourth-Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, assembly 1950. As a young man Peter served honorably in the United States Army during the Korean conflict era, as the Executive Officer of the 804th Field Artillery Battalion, and as a Captain in the 831st Engineering Battalion. Utilizing his VA benefits, he graduated with honors from the University of California at Berkley, achieving his Master Degree. After graduation he served in the Department of Defense for 33 years, a few highlights of his career were obtaining his CPA, being assigned to the Apollo 8, First Lunar Flight program, graduating from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces with honors, and achieving the rank of Senior Executive Service Level 3. After retiring from the DoD, he worked for 10 years as the Chief Deputy Direct of Finance for the county of San Joaquin, ending his professional career. In the later years of his life, he gave much of his time to various charities in El Paso.
Peter was predeceased by his beloved wife of 69 years, Mary, his loving mother Guadalupe, and his younger brothers Jesse and Richard. He is survived by his brothers Henry and his wife Maura, Tony and his wife Aggie, Edmond and his wife Martha, Ray and his wife Terry. His son Peter, his son Johnny and his wife Joanna, his grandson Jason and his wife Brandi and their children Carter, Nicole, and Taylor, his grandson Justin and his wife Christina, his grandson Jacob and his wife Grace, his grandson Christopher and his wife Lasalle and their children Ronin and Leliana, and his grandson Jeremy and his wife Karolina and numerous cousins, nephews and nieces.
A Visitation will be held from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM with a Rosary starting at 6:30 PM on Sunday, October 2, 2022, followed by a Chalice presentation by the Knights of Columbus, at Sunset Funeral Home-West, 480 N Resler Dr., El Paso, Texas 79912. A Requiem Mass will begin at 12:30 PM on Monday October 3, 2022 at St. Luke’s Catholic Church, 930 East Redd Road. El Paso, TX 79912. A Graveside military service will follow at 2:30 PM, at Ft. Bliss National Cemetery, 5200 Fred Wilson Road, El Paso, Texas, 79006. Those who cannot attend in person may join the funeral and memorial services virtually on Facebook live at https://www.facebook.com/sunsetfuneralhome (no account is needed). Services entrusted to Sunset Funeral Home-West, 480 N. Resler, (915) 587-8422.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Dementia Society of America in honor of Peter H. Tovar.