“Even right now at my age, if they said, would you help us? I would go into the military again, I would serve my country,” Sid Trevino says without regret.
Trevino story began 89 years ago but by the time he was a teenager, he knew where he wanted his life to go. So Trevino lied about his age,– to join the Army.
“I told them I was 17 and they took me in, but really I was 16,” Trevino said thinking back to the origins of his military career.
World War II had just ended, but Trevino was sent to Germany where the remnants of a global conflict were still fresh on the minds of many at home and overseas.
“Mainly to take care of the violence that they had,” the veteran said of his deployment in Germany, “because there was still a lot of German people that were upset and they were mad.”
A few years later, Trevino would return to the United States and was looking for his next life adventure.
Ultimately, it was Trevino’s experience as a military policeman in the army, that would set the course for the rest of his life.
After finishing high school and attending college, Trevino became the very first Hispanic police officer in the City of Midland.
He says the department needed someone who was bilingual, because of the influx of Hispanic field workers who had come to the Permian Basin in search of work.
Trevino moved quickly up through the ranks with MPD.
“…and then they put me as a detective, so I was in the detective department, and then after that, I was promoted to chief of detectives and then after that I was promoted to Assistant Chief.” Trevino said on his career with the police force.
That’s right, the young man who had come all the way to west Texas to help interpret for the midland police department,– was now the assistant chief! And that’s at a time,– when things were much different,– than they are today.
“Midland was divided into 3 sections, the black community, the Mexican community and the white community,” Trevino said. “A Mexican or a Black person couldn’t go through the front door of a restaurant. They would turn you down. If you wanted something to eat you had to go
to the back door and order something”
Sid says,– attitudes have changed in midland over the decades,– not entirely,– but moving in the right direction.
“It had really, really changed, things have improved in Midland, Texas, for the better, not for the worse,” Trevino said.
When Sid left the police department, he decided to stay in Midland opening up the Granada Club. Trevino believed the city needed a venue with a family atmosphere and he was going to bring it to them.
“I opened it as a private club and membership fee was $50 a year, so most working class people can afford $50 a year,” he said. “They became members and then they brought their wives and all that.”
And after 33 years of running the Granada club, Sid finally retired.
“From 1997 to 2007, how many years is that? 10? 10, I didn’t do nothing,” Trevino said laughingly on his hiatus.
But for someone who had dedicated his entire life to serving others both in the Military and with the police department, Trevino grew tired of ‘doing nothing’.
So when an old friend, who use to frequent Sid’s club, Clayton Williams, offered him a job as chief of security at the Claydesta Plaza, it was a deal Trevino wasn’t going to pass up.
So Trevino put on his badge and returned to service protecting others.
“Why do I keep working? Do you want me to be a couch potato, stay at home, sleep until 10:00 or 12:00 every day, eat a lot of tamales and tortillas and hanging around with a big old pot belly?” Trevino said. “No, I don’t want to do that. If you want to really be young, stay active, you’ve got to keep going.”