The Rev. Pilar Almazan Sr., 80, of Orange died Sunday, Aug. 31, 2008, in Memorial Hermann Baptist Orange Hospital.

Services were Friday, Sept. 5 from Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. The Rev. Michael Granger officiated. Interment was in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange.

Born June 1, 1928, in Brownsville, to Guadalupe and Evangelina (Vasquez) Almazan, Rev. Almazan served in the Air Force where he received the American Theater Ribbon and Victory WWII Medal. He helped establish Mision Bautista in Mauriceville and First Baptist-Hardin, serving as pastor to both.

He was preceded in death by his son, Daniel Almazan; and sister, Catherine Martinez.

He is survived by his wife, Herminia Lopez Almazan; son Pilar Almazan Jr. and wife Shirley of Victoria, daughter, Sabrinna Cooper and husband Bob of Deer Park; grandchildren, Joseph Daniel Cooper, Amanda DeAnn Almazan, Wade Elton Almazan and Elizabeth Ashley Rader; great-grandchildren, Gabriel, Nicolais, KateLynn, AshLynn, Mark and Ally; sisters and brother, Guadalupe Valdez, Juanita Barrera, Helen Gracia, Saul Almazan, Evangelina Flores, Francis Mora and Ruth Espinosa.

Serving as pallbearers were Pilar Almazan Jr., Wade Almazan, Robert Cooper, Joseph Cooper, Anastacio Robles and Robert Ramirez.