Ed Pastor, Arizona’s 1st Hispanic Congressman, to be buried

Former U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor, Arizona’s first Hispanic member of Congress, will probably be laid to rest Friday.

A weeklong celebration of Pastor’s life will culminate with a funeral Mass on Friday afternoon and burial immediately after.

Pastor, a liberal Democrat recognized for his bipartisanship, died after suffering a heart assault last week. He was seventy five.

Pastor served 23 years in Congress but determined to not seek re-election in 2014. One among his daughters, Laura Pastor, adopted in his political footsteps, and serves on the Phoenix Metropolis Council.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican, referred to as Pastor “an Arizona trailblazer and true public servant” and ordered that flags lowered to half-employees.

Pastor lied in state on the Arizona State Capitol on Sunday, and one other viewing was held Thursday evening at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.

Pastor, who’s survived by his spouse, two daughters and sister, was born in Claypool, Arizona, a small mining town about one hundred miles (one hundred sixty kilometers) east of Phoenix. His father worked in the copper mines, and Pastor was the first in his family to graduate from school, earning a bachelor’s diploma in chemistry at Arizona State College.

Pastor taught high school chemistry in Phoenix and later earned a regulation degree at ASU.

He joined the employees of former Gov. Raul Castro in the Nineteen Seventies and made his first foray into elected office when he successfully ran for Maricopa County supervisor in 1976.

Castro was elected to Congress in 1991.

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