Javier G. Corona
(07/23/2003) Javier G. Corona died peacefully on July 19, surrounded by his loving family, after a long illness. He will be remembered as an exceptional husband, father, son, brother, grandfather, and friend. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Amelia Corona; four children, Amelia Pitchford, Maricarmen Dale, Javier Corona Jr., and Alexandra Corona; two sisters, Mireya Gonzalez and Hilda Vergara; four grandchildren, Alex Dale, Chris Dale, Sterling Pitchford, and Javier Corona III; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Javier G. Corona was born in 1927 in Mexico City and lived there and in several other states in Mexico during his childhood. He studied accounting, advertising, and art at universities in Mexico City and New York City. He graduated with a degree in advertising. After graduation he spent three years in Canada, working for the Mexican government at the consulate in Montreal. Then he moved back to Mexico where he worked for the American Embassy in Mexico City as a cultural attache' for 28 years. Corona was in charge of promoting American music, dance, and visual arts. The American government honored him with the Superior Honor Award and the permanent U.S. resident visa for him and his family in appreciation for his outstanding promotion of American arts and artists in Mexico city. Javier Corona was a sensitive and talented artist in his own right. He painted, wrote poetry, composed music, and played the guitar. He also had a discriminating palate that allowed him to enjoy and prepare good food from many regions in Mexico and around the world. Javier loved to travel, especially with his wife, Amelia. Together they enjoyed extended trips to Europe, China, Japan, India, Russia, and Africa. After resigning from the American Embassy in Mexico City, Javier Corona moved to Austin with his family in 1982. He founded Las Palomas Restaurant, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. Javier and Amelia designed the menu and decor, and the restaurant remains one of the few authentic providers of Mexican interior cuisine in the region. Some of Javier's artistry may be seen at Las Palomas. During his time in Austin and the restaurant, Javier and Amelia Corona enjoyed meeting people and making many new friends. A memorial service for Javier G. Corona will be held at St. John Neumann Catholic Church at 5455 Bee Cave Road on Monday, July 28, at 6:30 p.m. The family would like to thank all the doctors and nurses that cared for Javier G. Corona during his long illness, especially Dr. Charles Moritz for his tenacity and encouragement.