William Miranda Marín

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William Miranda Marín
Major General Miranda Marin.jpg
23rd Mayor of Caguas, Puerto Rico
In office
1997–2010
Preceded by Ángel O. Berríos
Succeeded by William Miranda Torres
Personal details
Born (1940-09-23)September 23, 1940
Caguas, Puerto Rico
Died June 4, 2010(2010-06-04) (aged 69)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Political party Popular Democratic Party (PPD)
Spouse(s) Carmen Sara Torres
Profession Accountant, Lawyer, General
Religion Roman Catholic
Military service
Nickname(s) "Willie"
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch Seal of the United States Army National Guard.svg Army National Guard
Years of service 1957-1993
Rank US-O8 insignia.svg
Major General
Commands Adjutant General of the Puerto Rico National Guard

William "Willie" Miranda Marín [note 1] (September 23, 1940 – June 4, 2010) was the mayor of Caguas, Puerto Rico from 1997 until his death in 2010.

Personal life[edit]

The son of José Miranda Gómez, a sugar cane cutter, and Rafaela Marín, a tobacco stripper, Miranda Marín was born in the Tomás de Castro sector of rural Caguas.[1] and graduated from the José Gautier Benítez High School in Caguas in 1957. Four years later, he earned a bachelor's degree in Accounting from the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras. In 1969 he completed his law degree at the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras and was admitted to the bar in 1970.

Miranda Marín and his wife had three children: William Edgardo, Luis Alexander, and José Juan . They resided in the sector of Bairoa in Caguas.

On September 18, 2009, Miranda Marín announced he was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer.[2] On June 4, 2010 at 7:45 in the morning, Miranda Marín died in the Auxilio Mutuo Hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico after battling his illness.

Businessman[edit]

Miranda Marín held top positions at Empresas Díaz and the San Juan Cement Co. from 1979 to 1990, among them treasurer, executive vice-president, and co-chairman of the board. Before seeking public office for the first time in 1996, he devoted three years to housing and commercial development.[1] Miranda Marín also served as member and treasurer of the board of the Puerto Rico Health Services Corp., as chairman of the board of the San Juan Children's Choir, and as chairman of the board of the Community Services Institute.[1]

Political career and public service[edit]

He served as executive vice president of the Government Development Bank from 1973 to 1975, as executive director of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority from 1975 to 1976, and He also served as executive director of the Office for Improvement of the Public Schools of Puerto Rico from 1990 to 1992.[1]

Miranda Marín also was the chairman of the U.S. Democratic Party Chapter of Puerto Rico, secretary-general of the Popular Democratic Party of Puerto Rico (PPD), chairman of the PPD Status Commission, and president of the Puerto Rico Mayors Association. Until his death, he was chairman of the board of the Municipal Revenue Collections Center (CRIM by its acronym in Spanish).[1] His candidacy had been considered by the Popular Democratic Party (PPD by its acronym in Spanish) to be a viable contender for the Governorship of Puerto Rico.

Military career[edit]

William Miranda Marin served for 36 years in the Puerto Rico National Guard until he's retirement 1993 as the Adjutant General of the Puerto Rico National Guard with the rank of Major General (1990–1992). While commanding the Puerto Rico National Guard, MG William Miranda Marin founded the PRNG Institutional Trust (FIGNA). Miranda Marin retired from the Puerto Rico Army National Guard in 1993.

Military awards[edit]

Puerto Rico National Guard decorations

  • Merit Cross.JPG  Puerto Rico National Guard Merit Cross
  • Service Medal1.JPG  Puerto Rico National Guard Service Medal
  • Exemplary Conduct Medal.JPG  Puerto Rico National Guard Exemplary Conduct Ribbon
  • Civil Disturbance Ribbon.JPG  Puerto Rico National Guard Civil Disturbance Ribbon
  • Disaster Relief Ribbon.JPG  Puerto Rico National Guard Disaster Relief Ribbon

Political Views[edit]

Miranda Marín's views were regarded as soberanista, which seeks more sovereign political powers from the US outside the current framework of E.L.A. (Estado Libre Asociado).

Mayor of Caguas[edit]

On January 13, 1997 Miranda Marín became the mayor of Caguas and had since won re-election in 2000, 2004 and 2008.

Legacy[edit]

The building of the institutional trust of the National Guard of Puerto Rico on State Road #1 from Caguas to Río Piedras at the former facilities of Euro Bank, was posthumously named General William Miranda Marín.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Miranda and the second or maternal family name is Marín.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Carmona, José L. (November 28, 2002). "Person Of The Year, Public Sector: William Miranda Marin". Caribbean Business. Retrieved 2006-04-29. 
  2. ^ "Confirman William Miranda Marín tiene cáncer en el páncreas". Primera Hora. September 18, 2009. Retrieved 2010-02-26.