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August 14, 1928 - November 23, 2018
Sotero Soto was born August 14, 1928, in Quemado, Texas and died Friday, November 23, 2018, in Olympia, Washington, surrounded by family.
Sotero was an Army Veteran, who proudly served his country during the Korean War – his service was such that there was a tribute at the Washington Secretary of State’s Office in recognition of his contributions to the war effort. Sotero also participated in a tribute to living Korean War Veterans in summer of 2017.
Sotero brought his family to Olympia to manage a Mexican Restaurant for his friend and Army buddy, Felix Moreno, in 1972.
“Sody” as he was known, was a proud and independent man. He retired from the Olympia School District as a head custodian in 1990.
Sody is survived by his wife Mary Esther of 62 years, and eight daughters: Diana (4 Sons Ismael Jr. (Jaclyn) has 2 sons & daughter), Omar (Victoria) (1 son), Mario (Ashley) in Hawaii serving in the Navy, Marquez (Allison), serving in the Air Force in Germany (1 son), Hilda (Bruce) children Javier in Texas has 4 sons, Olivia in WA), Sylvia (Roberto) daughter Sonya, Becky (Ramon) children Ofelia (Robert), Sebastian (2 children), Julia and Izavel, twins Selma and Selina, Sara (Kurt) 2 children Talisa & Austin, and Sue (daughter Isela). Two brothers (Adolfo and Juan), 3 sisters (Estella, Lupe and Ninfa) in Texas.
Sotero will be dearly missed by Mary Esther, his daughters, grandchildren and extended family, and many friends. He will be remembered for his work ethic, which he passed down to his daughters, and for his pride in his Chicano culture.