By DINA ARÉVALO
Port Isabel-South Padre Press
Yturria was a World War II and Korean War veteran who later organized Republicans in the Rio Grande Valley in an effort to help elect Dwight D. Eisenhower president.
In 1956, President Eisenhower appointed Yturria to the 23rd Collections District of Texas. Thus began a long tenure under which Yturria served under several roles for both Republican and Democratic presidents.
Under President Ronald Reagan, Yturria served in the South Pacific Commission. Under President George H.W. Bush, he served as the chairman of the Inter-American Foundation. He was later reappointed to the position by President William Jefferson Clinton.
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