Robert C. Morales passed away Tuesday, February 9, 2016, at Methodist Hospital in Dallas after a lengthy illness. Robert has been the editor-in-chief of the Van Horn Advocate for the last 3 years, fulfilling his lifelong dream of owning his own newspaper, which was recognized by the Texas Press Association in the last two years. He made dramatic changes to the newspaper, making it a full-color publication and recently launching an online version. Robert was born in Van Horn on November 30, 1958, and was a graduate of Van Horn High School. He was most proud of graduating from the University of Texas with a degree in journalism and loved nothing more than rooting for his beloved Longhorns. He loved politics and was a former school board president of the Culberson-Alamoore ISD, who was considering another run this year. He was also a member of the Tax Appraisal District Board and the Zoning Board. Robert was unabashedly a die hard Democrat, who loved to have friendly and not so friendly discussions with his Republican friends. He loved to cook and experiment with recipes, often feeding older residents whom he loved to visit. Robert loved playing the organ and keyboard and until recently played with the local group, Los Pecadores, but his real love was playing the organ at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Moises and Angela Morales and older brother, Manuel Morales. He is survived by his sister, Gilda Morales, Fran Malafronte, Hector Morales, uncle, Barbara Mendez, aunt, Lucita Morales, aunt, countless, beloved cousins, office "wife", Lisa Morton, friends, as well as his puppy, Miss Daisy. The Van Horn Advocate will continue to print, with Robert as editor-in-chief, always vigilant for grammar and spelling errors.