2009-08-12 / Front Page

Municipal Judge Hector "Tiger" Huerta was a popular figure in local politics

Municipal Judge Hector "Tiger" Huerta was a popular figure in local politics.

Hector "Tiger" Huerta, 62, served the city of Raymondville for many years as Municipal Judge and before that, as a city police officer.

Tiger passed away this week after a long illness and he will be missed by his family and by his many friends in the community.

City Commissioner Clifton Smith had this to say about his long time friend.

"We hauled a lot of fish out of that Bay (Laguna Madre at Port Mansfield). "Tiger "was a good friend of mine and also a friend of my dad. (former city commissioner Gene Smith).

City manager Eleazar "Yogi" Garcia will also remember "Tiger."

"He was a good guy and did a good job for the city."

Commissioner Smith recalled how "Tiger" worked first as a patrolman for the police dept. before being elected as municipal judge.

"He started out as a policeman with Sabas Garza (former chief of police) and then got elected judge. He was popular with the voters because he was fair to the people and he just kept getting re-elected."

Smith said "Tiger" stepped down to run for Sheriff and that is the only election he ever lost. Nicho Cantu was elected judge but four years later "Tiger" came back to the job he held for many more years.

"Tiger" was also a hunter and the editor recalls the time he got "peppered" with bird shot while on the hunting lease. "Tiger" wore his scars as a trophy and opened his shirt to show off his scars to anyone who was interested.

He was also a sharp dresser and showed up at city meetings in a Stetson hat, western shirt, jeans and cowboy boots. He was a joker and always fun to talk with. I knew "Tiger" for 30 years and he was also a friend of former Mayor C.M. "Mike" Crowell and a good fishing buddy of his.

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