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Jose Garza

Jose Garza

March 21, 1930 — April 30, 2024

 

Jose “Joe” M. Garza Jr., who was a son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, uncle, veteran, friend, brother- in-law, cousin and mentor, has passed away, moving from this life to eternal rest.

He is now reunited with his parents, his wife Olga of 41 years, his siblings, nephews, nieces and friends.

Born March 21, 1930, in Benavides to Josefa C. and Jose M. Sr., he was one of six children. Jose married Olga R. March 31, 1970, and they had one son, Jose A. (Charlotte). He also cherished his three granddaughters, Kaylen (Reem), Lorenna and Vivian, who brought him great joy and pride.

Jose’s life will be defined by two significant dates: March 21, 1930, the day of his birth, and April 30, 2024, the day of his passing. However, the days between those 94 years made him the person that he was and that we knew. During his early years, work was inevitable, not for luxuries but survival. He was drafted into the Army (Hooah!) during the Korean War, serving with the 3rd Infantry Division, 64th Tank Battalion, until the war’s end.

To spare his mother further heartache after losing his brother, Jose A., seven years prior in World War II, he kept his service on the battlefield a secret from his family, ensuring they knew only upon his return to Benavides.

He selflessly requested that his wartime injuries not be documented or reported, aiming to spare his mother the heartbreak of receiving news through Western Union of another son’s injuries.

Upon his return, he seamlessly resumed his familiar roles of farming, ranching, cowboying and working in the oil fields.

He maintained an unwavering work ethic, often expressing the sentiment, “Paso que dure y no que recule,” a philosophy he embodied, allowing his marathon of life to span an impressive 94 years.

Known for his selflessness, he was always the first to offer aid but would be the last to seek assistance for himself, regardless of the circumstances. His guiding principle, “Haz bien y no te fijes a quien,” shaped his interactions with others.

Even in his early 80s, when health concerns necessitated a move from his ranch, he resisted leaving, symbolically digging his spurs into the ground and lamenting his absence from the cherished land.

In 2013, Jose moved with his family to Boerne, where he spent his final years. He found solace at Kronkosky Place and took joy in being an active grandfather, meeting his grandchildren after school, sharing stories and enjoying dinner together.

Jose emphasized the values of hard work, integrity and societal contribution, leaving a lasting impact on those around him. His profound perspectives on life remained a source of inspiration, culminating in his poignant reminder as his journey neared its end: “No mas el que no nace, no muere” and “no mas por que se muere la chiva no se acabe el atajo.”

It always seemed like everything in his life came with a learning lesson and a story to back it up. Jose will be missed greatly by all who knew him. He leaves a legacy of inspiring others to embrace life fully, regardless of their circumstances.

Rosary services were conducted at Funeral Home in San Diego, Texas. The funeral service took place on May 11 at Santa Rosa de Lima Catholic Church.