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Christine: My beautiful Belgian wife of over 25 years.

Elaine: Our daughter- graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BS in Diplomacy and International Relations from Seton Hall University in New Jersey. She then earned a Masters Degree in Conflict, Security and Development at King's College in London, England.

James: Our son - A very smart and interesting young man who will keep you on your toes and laughing with his sharp sense of humor.

I am the first Banner in my family tree.

Yes, my name is Clinton Banner, but the truth is that I am related to nobody with that last name. Banner is simply a made up last name that my birth mother put on my birth certificate. I have since discovered that her real name was Charlotte Ernsky. If anybody can provide any information about her, I appreciate it - please send me an email.

My father's name was Ramon Soza. I am proud to be half Mexican-American. My father's family (the Soza family) has been in what is now the USA since the late 1700's. So please do not ask any of us for our green cards - chances are we were here well before you. The Sosa- Carillo historical house in Tucson, Arizona was built by/for my great great grandfather. It is a national historical site - stop by and you can see our family tree on display. Here is a link to a virtual reality tour of this historic home.

I lived with a lot of different families when I was growing up. Let's just say that some were more enjoyable than others. I grew up with the name Raymond Michael Soza until High School, when I filed for my birth certificate and discovered that I had been living with my baptismal name all my life. Since the baptismal certificate was not considered a legal document, I had to use start using my legal birth name (Clinton Banner). I first used it when I enrolled as a Sophomore at Globe High School in Globe, AZ.

My Sisters:

  • Martha Medina is my sister - not by birth but by life. Martha and her then-husband Ramon Medina were an important part of my early life, who gave me a place to live, support, and stability many times when I otherwise had none.
  • I also have five half-sisters on my father's side. Rae Lynn (Pebbles,) Karen, Sandra, Dana, and Amy. We have discovered each other late in our lives, but I am really enjoying getting to know these great ladies.

I also consider myself part of the Bernal family of New Mexico and Arizona. They took care of me during some rough periods in my early youth. I consider Felicitas (Feliz) Bernal - Seras to be my mother. She kept me going through many difficult times. Rest in peace, Mom.

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