Reynaldo “Nano” Garza was called by God to eternal rest on December 26, 2019, his 92nd birthday, surrounded by his loving family.
Mr. Garza only recently moved to Pleasanton after having lived and raised his family in Brownsville for over 60 years.
As the only son and youngest child, Mr. Garza was showered with loving care from an early age and that continued throughout his marriage and life by his wife, their six children, and 13 grandchildren. Every day of his life was filled with love and every person who met him admired and respected him within moments.
Reynaldo was preceded in death by his parents, Jose Damacio and Augustina Villarreal Garza; his three sisters, Maria Luisa Carranza, Lilia Gonzalez, and Concepcion Pena; and his daughter-in-law, Dr. Rosemarie Garza.
Rey is survived by the woman he loved from the moment he saw her, his beautiful wife, Medora de la Rosa Garza. The striking couple were a match made in heaven that lasted over 66 years, and together they had six children, Dr. Reynaldo Esteban “Steve” Garza, Norman Roy (Tina) Garza, Sr., Patricia G. Betz, Marietta G. (Lee) Bates, Dr. Virginia G. (Mark) Miller, and Rebecca G. (David) Anzaldua. His children, 13 grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter were the pride of his life. His presence and influence in all their lives was the example of a loving father and devoted husband who lived his life honorably and for his family’s betterment. He was the epitome of a family’s patriarch and that was his life’s calling for all his immediate family and his extended family of nieces and nephews.
Everything Reynaldo did, he did with precision and commitment. As a young man he was a nationally recognized baseball pitcher who played the game throughout the Rio Grande Valley and in Mexico. He led his team to the Mexican National Championship in 1950 and 1951 before leaving it behind to start a family. “Mr. G.” then began his long career of professional driving beginning with Trailways Bus Co. for over 34 years as their first Mexican-American driver, leading the way for so many other drivers whom he was asked to train. He was celebrated by Eagle Inc. in 1980 with a passenger bus dedicated and bearing his name in his honor. He officially retired in 1992 from Greyhound Bus Lines, but continued his joy of driving by leading gambling excursions with his wife to Louisiana for many years.
Funeral services were held in Pleasanton with visitation on Monday, December 30, 2019, from 2-9 p.m. at Hurley’s Funeral Home in Pleasanton with a holy rosary beginning at 7 p.m. that same evening. The Mass of the Resurrection was held at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Pleasanton on Tuesday, December 31, 2019, at 10 a.m. As an honored WWII Army veteran, Mr. Garza will be laid to rest at the Veteran’s Cemetery in Corpus Christi at a later date with full military honors.
Honored to serve as his pallbearers were his grandsons, Norman R. Garza, Jr., Robert Ray Garza, Kevin Betz, Troy Betz, Brian Richardson, LTJG. Charles Miller, and Kenneth Ray Miller. Honorary pallbearers were his granddaughters, Nicole Betz, Dr. Kimberly Garza, Lindsay G. Fritz, Natalie Garza, Samantha R. Merck and Amy Anzaldua.
The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation and gratitude to all the caregivers from the Heart to Heart Hospice and The Heights of Atascosa Rehabilitation Center. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Paralyzed Veterans of America, 801 Eighteenth St. NW, Washington DC 20006 or visit www.PVA.org/SupportVeterans