City loses Tamayo

HARLINGEN – Ed Tamayo, one half of a true Harlingen power couple, died earlier this morning.

He was 86.

Before retiring in 2007, Ed was a longtime banker. He began his banking career at Harlingen National Bank creating the “Casita Loans” enabling low-income customers to borrow. He became the first Hispanic bank president in the Valley at Plaza National Bank and later at Harlingen National Bank.

Ed’s contributions to the community are celebrated by him being among those on the Walk of Fame, just outside of the Harlingen Municipal Auditorium. The naming was for “the most influential people in the city’s history.”

A story published just more than a year ago in the Valley Morning Star about Ed and Edna, reflect their more than 50 years of marriage, their successes, their struggles and the impact made over the years.

At that time, it stated, Ed devoted much of his time to a “different kind of green” – their 7-acre garden. He was a certified master gardener and the lushly manicured kept him more than busy.

We will have more on this story soon.