William Jose Garcia

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ODESSA - William Jose Garcia, 63 of Odessa, died Sep. 20, 2013, at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa. He was born Sep. 29, 1949, in Fort Davis to Joe and Isabel Garcia. He married Evelyn Almanza on July 29, 1978, in Odessa. He was a 1969 graduate of Fort Davis High School; at Sul Ross State University he received his bachelor's and Master's degrees in education. He was employed for 30 years with Ector County Independent School District and retired from his position as principal in 2006. He worked his way through college from 1969-1973, working as a park ranger at the Fort Davis National Historic Site. He began his career with the school district as a coach at Hays Elementary in Odessa in 1973. He served as a head football coach and a athletic director in South Texas. He transitioned from coach to assistant principal at Odessa High School. Throughout the years, he worked as a principal at several Odessa schools, including The Alternative Center, Travis, Cavazos and Bonham Junior High. He was a devout Catholic and lived a good Christian life. He and his wife had a one of a kind, loving marriage that lasted almost 36 years. They enjoyed each other's company and were best friends. They enjoyed doing many activities together and loved traveling. There wasn't a time you ever saw one without the other because they never left each other's side. Their special nicknames for each other were "Sweets" and "Sugar." He loved family gatherings, hosting barbeques and enjoyed spoiling his nieces and nephews, whom he treated like they were his own children and grandchildren. He enjoyed the company of his good friends and reminiscing with Luis Salcido, Fidel Granado and Hector Mendez. He was an avid Dallas Cowboy fan, and he and Evelyn never missed a game. He is survived by his best friend and soul mate, wife Evelyn Almanza Garcia of Odessa; daughter Linda Eve Garcia; son Billy II (Margie) Garcia; grandchildren Crystal and Billy Garcia III, all of Odessa; parents Jose and Isabel Garcia of Fort Davis; brothers Joe (Blasa) Garcia of Odessa and Robert (Emelda) Garcia of Lubbock; sister-in-law Geneva Ybarra Holland; brothersin-law brothers Benny Almanza of Odessa and Pete (Mary Ann) Almanza of Dallas; 19 nieces and nephews; nine grand nieces and nephews; and two great grand nephews. Visitation and funeral arrangements are under the direction of Odessa Funeral Home. A celebration of his life will be at 10 a.m., today at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Frank Chavez presiding. Interment to follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Odessa. Pallbearers will be Billy III Garcia, Marc Anthony Almanza, Caleb Almanza, Paul Anthony Almanza, Brandon Ybarra and Christopher Garcia.


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