MaldonadoRoland B. Maldonado, born Aug. 20, 1960, passed away suddenly in his sleep Oct. 4, 2012, at his home in Richardson.

Maldonado held associate degrees from El Centro and Brookhaven colleges. He was employed at Brookhaven for many years as assistant to the dean and in various other administrative positions.

Maldonado was very active in community events and was a past member of the choir at Cathedral of Hope for many years. He was most recently a member of the choir at Cochran Chapel United Methodist Church, which he and his partner Michael Morton attended.

Anyone who knew Maldonado was a recipient of a very special gift of laughter, hope, compassion and love. He will be missed by all, but our lives were better because of knowing him.

He is survived by his father and mother, Pete and Mary Maldonado of Sweetwater; his sister, Teresa; his twin brother, Ronald; scores of nephews and family; and longtime partners Michael Franques and Michael Morton. He was interred Oct. 8 at Sweetwater Cemetery in Sweetwater.

A joyful memorial celebration of Maldonado’s life will be at 2 p.m. Nov. 10 at Cochran Chapel United Methodist Church, 9027 Midway Road, Dallas. All are welcome.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition November 2, 2012.