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Obituary: Jerry Gonzales

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Obituary: Jerry Gonzales

Posted: 27 Aug 2008 2:47PM GMT
Classification: Obituary
Surnames: Gonzales
The Mass of the Resurrection for Jerry Gonzales, 55, of Portales, will be 10:00 AM, Tuesday, July 1, 2008, at St. Helen Catholic Church in Portales with Fr. James McGowan officiating. Burial will follow in the Portales Cemetery with Albert Jimenez, Albert Rubio, Andy Garcia, Herman Holguin, Ronald Fonseca and Bobby Joe Gonzales serving as pallbearers. All of his numerous friends and his beloved family members will be honorary pallbearers. The Rosary will be recited at 7:00 PM Monday evening, June 30, 2008, at St. Helen Catholic Church. Jesus Jerry Gonzales, known to virtually everyone as "Jerry" was born December 31, 1952, in LaPalma, NM to Delfina and Teofilio Gonzales and died Friday morning, June 27, 2008, at his home in Portales. Jerry grew up in Moriarty where he graduated from high school in 1971. He was an outstanding athlete, playing football, basketball, softball and running track. He was still able to beat his son and grandson in a recent basketball game. After his graduation from high school, Jerry came to Portales to attend Eastern New Mexico University. It was at Eastern that he met his wife, Carey Montoya. They were married on September 23, 1972, in Portales. At the end of the fall semester that year, they moved to Moriarty where Jerry drove for Wagon Wheel Wrecker Service. Later he and his father owned and operated Jerry's Texaco. In 1980, he moved his family back to Portales. For about 15 years, Jerry worked in construction. During that time he learned about constructing pools and spas, and until his death he supplemented his income by working on pools. Jerry went to work at Clovis Inn in the mid 1990's officially as a custodian, but he did virtually everything, including sometimes working the front desk. In 2002, Jerry became a custodian for the Portales Public Schools. Jerry was a very generous and giving man, and would try to help anyone with their projects. If you asked him to build something, repair something or install something, he would do it for you. If he didn't know how to do it, he would figure it out, and then probably undercharge you. He was a very outgoing, friendly man, and was a born servant. Jerry was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He loved spending time with his family, whether they were working together, camping, watching movies, dancing or even playing dolls with his granddaughters. He kept in very close contact with his children, and just recently had learned to use his phone to retrieve "Tex Mexes" as he called them. Jerry was a devoted Dallas Cowboys fan. He was a member of St. Helen Catholic Church. He is survived by Carey Gonzales, his wife of nearly 36 years of the home; his son, Jerry Gonzales of Portales; two daughters and sons-in-law, Cynthia and Donald Martinez of Portales and Gerildine and Gabriel Cota of Killeen, TX; five grandchildren, Raymond, Matthew, Donald, Jr., Amanda Martinez, Julianna Cota, and one more grandchild expected in October; his parents, Delfina and Teofilio Gonzales of Moriarty, NM; two brothers, Steve (Delores) Gonzales and Ted (Rebecca) Gonzales of Moriarty, NM; two sisters, Annabell (Johnny) Mora and Victoria (Larry) Apodaca of Moriarty, NM; a sister-in-law, Erma Gonzales of Moriarty, NM; his paternal grandmother, Erinea Gonzales of Moriarty, NM; his mother-in-law, Rita Montoya of Portales; numerous nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles and various other family members. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Enrique and Isabel Chavez; his paternal grandfather, Justo Gonzales; his father-in-law, Ramon Montoya; a brother, Bobby Gonzales and a sister, Cynthia Gonzales. Arrangements by Wheeler Mortuary, 575-356-4455.
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