Former Sheriff George Molina rides away on Fair Day

By LeaAnne Klentzman 

Former Sheriff R. George Molina

Former Sheriff R. George Molina bids Fort Bend County and all he served, Adios.

R. George Molina, beloved husband, brother, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, passed away peacefully at the home he so loved along the bank of the Brazos River surrounded by family. He slipped away quietly Saturday, September 21.

George was born on April 6, 1932 in Laredo, Texas to  Maria Sarabia Molina and Raul Garza Molina, better known to most a Mama and Papa Molina.  R. George grew up in Houston, attended Wharton Elementary, Allen Academy, Lanier Junior High, and St. Thomas High School, Class of ’51.

George was a man of many talents who wore many hats over his lifetime. He was raised in the family restaurant business; in the 1960s he began a career in real estate and general investments.  After 26 years in the restaurant and investment business, he “retired” and moved to Dewalt, Texas.  Once in Dewalt, he started the next chapter of his life; public service.  George Molina served the citizens of East Fort Bend County as Justice of the Peace “The Judge” for 8 years followed by a 4 year term as Sheriff.  In 1992 Molina was elected as the first Mexican-American Sheriff of Fort Bend County, he served 1993-1997.

After high school; before he got to Dewalt, George served in the U.S. Army as a criminal investigator, stationed in Okinawa where his passion for law enforcement was born. When he returned to civilian life he held a Special Reserve Commission in the Harris County Sheriff’s Department, beginning in 1951 under Sheriff “Buster” Kern, followed by his good friend Sheriff Jack Heard.

He was appointed eight times as a Grand Jury Commissioner for Harris and Fort Bend Counties, as well as serving on four Grand Juries.  He was a member of the Texas Narcotic Officers Association and the Texas Sheriff’s Association.

George Molina was a philanthropist; he served on many boards for various organizations, including the Easter Seal Society, American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, as well as several Houston-area banks.  In the 1960’s Mayor Louie Welch appointed George to Vice Chairman of the Houston Housing Board. He was a trustee with the George Foundation from 1986-1992, and a Life Member of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, Fort Bend County Fair Association and the FBISD FFA & Rodeo Association.

He was predeceased by his generous and loving parents, Mama and Papa Molina.  He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline “Jackie” Wheeler Molina; brother, Raul Molina, Jr. and his wife Rosemary; children, Renee’ Moorhead, Marjorie Cooley and her husband Jerry; Monique Davis and her husband Charlie; Robert George and his wife Diane; Russell and his wife Allison; Roxanne Baskin and her husband Fred; Shanna Hayden and her husband Patrick; 20 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, primos y compadres.

Friends are cordially invited to visit with the family from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, September 26, at Settegast-Kopf @Sugar Creek, 15015 Southwest Frwy, Sugar Land, Texas, with a rosary scheduled in the chapel for 7:00.  The funeral service will be Friday, September 27, 10:00 a.m., Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 3617 Milam Street, Houston.  Internment will follow at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery, Houston.

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