Boys Town welcomes its oldest known living alum this weekend. Joe Renteria of Southern California is 96 years old and was at Boys Town in the 1930s.
He is in Omaha to speak to the Father Flanagan Tribunal, the group responsible for investigating the life of Father Flanagan, in order to continue in the process of declaring Father Flanagan a saint.
“We are thrilled to have Mr. Renteria visit Boys Town,” said John Mollison, Boys Town Alumni Advisor. “He is one of our students who had direct contact with Father Flanagan and can offer such rich historical reflections of his time here. Joe was even a candidate in the first ever Boys Town mayoral race in 1935.”
Renteria says he enjoyed his time at Boys Town and the lessons he learned from Father Flanagan were an inspiration and have remained with him his entire life. Renteria went on to serve in the Navy after Boys Town. He then spent the next 30 years as a photographer at San Diego State University.