(07/25/2003) 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; and four grandchildren. Javier G. Corona was born in 1927 in Mexico City. After graduating from college with degrees in accounting and advertising, he moved to Canada. He worked for the Mexican Consulate in Montreal for three years. Then he worked for the American Embassy in Mexico City as a cultural attache' for 28 years. There he was presented with the Superior Honor Award, the highest recognition that is bestowed on a Mexican citizen by the American government, for his 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, Egypt, and Africa. Javier Corona moved to Austin with his family in 1982. He and his wife founded Las Palomas Restaurant in 1983. 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. 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 6:30pm. The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses that cared for Javier Corona during his long illness, especially Dr. Charles Moritz.