EL PASO, Texas — Raymond Telles was living near Los Angeles with his oldest daughter Dr. Cynthia Telles when he succombed to respiratory illness Friday morning.
She reflects on her father's life and accomplishments.
He was the first Mexican American Mayor of a large American city.
He served in the military during the Korean war.
He was the Ambassardor to Costa Rica, but Raymond Telles wasn't just a good politician, he was a good man.
"The most important part of my father, is that he was an exceptional human," said Dr. Cynthia Telles, Raymond Telles' daughter.
She remembers her father as the kind of person who would take time out of his day for anyone.
"He befriended people who were homeless, all the way to many presidents who trusted him and confided in him," she said.
Three presidents appointed Telles.
His daughter says he was friends with all.
President John Kennedy, President Lyndon Johnson, and
President Richard Nixon.
Even after his travels and high status jobs, Telles was a simple kind hearted man, who loved his city.
"His beloved El Paso was always in his heart".
Telles has been in Los Angeles staying with his daughter for a while.
He went through cancer treatment there and has been battling respiratory illnesses.
He succumbed this morning.
A funeral date for Raymond Telles has not yet been set.
His daughter assures us it will be in her father's favorite place, El Paso.