Humberto Lozano Lopez, 74, passed away on Monday, May 16, 2011. He was born on Jan. 22, 1937 in Robstown to Manuel and Filomena Lozano Lopez. He was a promoter who also recorded with many Tejano artists and was the founder of Lopez broadcasting and several South Texas Spanish radio and television stations which included, Majic 104.9 FM in Corpus Christi, Majic 95.9 FM in Victoria, KLMO 98.9 FM in San Antonio and the Tejano Music Video Network, KTMV.
He was a graduate of Robstown High School in 1956 where he participated in football, track and field, choir, drama, boxing, and was elected as class favorite. He later went on to join the Texas Army National Guard from 1956-62 and the Army Reserve where he was honorably discharged.
He began his career with a 15-minute radio program called the American GI Forum with Dr. Hector P. Garcia. From there, Lopez built his name and empire in America and Mexico, founding radio stations of his own. Lopez, a longtime Robstown resident, founded one of the first national Spanish television shows, broadcasting across the country, a predecessor to current Spanish networks. He also brought many English movies to Hispanic audiences, recording much of the voice-over work himself, most famously as the voice of Bruce Lee in his action films and of George Patton in "Patton." Lopez also was inducted into the Tejano Music Hall of Fame in 2005. He also donated KINE 1330 AM as a 24 hour Christian Station free of charge for all pastors, preachers, and priests.
He used his media networks to raise funds and give back to local families, churches and charities.
Lopez is survived by his wife of 55 years, Minerva Rodriguez Lopez; 12 children, Mario Humberto (Linda Ruiz) Lopez, Luis Homero (Sagrario "Tweety" Pena) Lopez, Larry (Esther Morales) Lopez, Manuel (Margie Gonzalez) Lopez, Carlos (Adriana Garcia) Lopez, Humberto (Sonia Olvera) Lopez II, Ernesto (Sheila Tobias) Lopez, Mena Lamar Lopez (Isac Franco), Melinda Lopez (Bobby Marroquin), Ray Lopez (Daisy Ann Garza), Lisa Lopez (Fabian Torres) and Mary Helen Lopez (Orlando Deleon); 31 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and friends.
A Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, May 18 and 19, 2011 at the Robstown High School Auditorium in Robstown.
Funeral Mass was held at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 20, 2011 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Robstown. Interment followed at Memorial Park Cemetery with military honors in Robstown.
Ramon Funeral Home Inc.