Gustavo “Gus” Imbarlina

09/24/1967 –


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  • Rosary
Date: 03/03/2020
Time: 6:00 pm
 – 7:00 pm
  • Visitation
Date: 03/03/2020
Time: 7:00 pm
 – 9:00 pm
  • Funeral Mass
Date: 03/04/2020
Time: 10:00 am
 – 11:00 am


Gustavo “Gus” Imbarlina passed away on Tuesday, February 25, 2020. We will gather to recite the Holy Rosary Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 6:00 pm followed by a visitation from 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm.  We will remember his life of 52 years at 10:00 am on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church. Friends are invited to share memories and expressions of sympathy for the family to cherish in the area below the obituary.

Gustavo Eduardo “Gus” Imbarlina, 52 of Lubbock, Texas lived an adventurous life full of happiness until he passed on to be with our creator.  Gus was known by many names throughout his life; you may have known him as mi amor, Nono, dad, officer, sergeant, soldier, husband, son, uncle, brother, and friend.  Gus would give his all for anyone he ever encountered, so there is no way to describe just how much he would do for his family and friends.

Gus was born in Montevideo, Uruguay on September 24, 1967. Gus immigrated to the United States with his parents, and grew up in the Pittsburgh area, and was a lifelong fan of the Steelers, Penguins, and Pirates.

Gus lived a life of service; he served as an Aircraft Maintenance Specialist in the United States Air Force. He then left the Air Force and became a Lubbock Police Officer where he served as a distinguished officer and mentor until his death. While serving the community of Lubbock, Gus received The Police Medal of Valor for heroic actions twice. Gus was then called back to service, and joined the United States Army Reserves, and after 9/11 he changed his career in the Army to a Civil Affairs Specialist. He was assigned to the 101st Airborne where he served in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. While serving in Iraq, he received an Army Commendation Medal for selfless service in combat operations in 2003. He then returned home where he continued to serve with the Lubbock Police Department where his personal highlight of his career was serving on the swat team.

Gus was preceded in death by his father, Giacomo Imbarlina.  He is survived by his wife, Diane Imbarlina; daughter, Breanna Imbarlina; stepdaughter, TeriLinda Villa; his mother, Loreley Imbarlina; brothers, Steve (Mary Jo) and Brian Imbarlina; sister, Allison Imbarlina; nephew, Grant Imbarlina; niece, Alexandra Imbarlina; grandchildren, Brittany Garcia, Makayla, Zachary, and Angel Mora; and great-grandchild, Kamdyn Garcia (apple of his eye).  And, of course, all his brothers and sisters in the United States Armed Forces, and Lubbock Police department.



32 thoughts on “Gustavo “Gus” Imbarlina”

  1. Many Prayers & Our Deepest Sympathy! Gus was a great force of kindness! Always smiling and full of contagious energy. There are no words that we can write or say that will relieve your pain, just know we are here just let us know what we can do to help you!!! ?? Glenn & Yvonne Kopec

  2. Gus always brought a smile, and a professional demeanor to a situation. I will remember him fondly.

  3. Gus, You will be greatly missed. You were always great to be around and work with. Prayers to his family, friends of all. May you always RIP.

  4. Gus was a highly respected friend and co-worker. I always enjoyed his sense of humor. A great warrior, a great mediator and a highly respected police officer. Rest in peace my friend.

  5. A friend of 30 years! Enjoyed working with you at Reese and off and on at the LPD. The world has lost a truly wonderful person. Rest in peace old friend, I will miss you!!

  6. Gus was a good officer!
    Gus was the officer who worked our daughters traffic accident several years ago . she was so shook up and upset but with kindness and empathy
    he was able calm her fears. I know Derue liked working with Gus before he retired from the LPD.
    May God wrap each of your family in His loving arms .
    Prayers lifted up ,
    ”Isaiah 41:10
    10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

  7. I am honored to have known and worked with you during our time at Reese AFB. You will be missed. Rest my friend.

  8. RIH Gus. All of us that knew you will always remember you and the difference you have made in the community. You were a great police officer and will be missed by many.

  9. Esmeralda Aguirre

    My brother…we always joked about how me and my kids were going to follow you and Diane and retire when you did..wherever yall went..(weather you wanted us to or not!) Save me a lot beside yours in heaven…because we will all be together again, I love you brother and will miss our laughs, our talks and your advice …RIP

  10. When Gus finished the FTO program at the police department, I had the honor of having him assigned to my squad and being his immediate supervisor. Gus wanted so hard to please and would ask me several times a week, “Hey Sarge, am I doing okay?” One Christmas he was without family here and I was able to talk him into spending Christmas Eve with me and my large family. My 3 older sisters and my mom all fell in love with him and took him under their wings. I retired a few years later, but would run across Gus on a seemingly regular basis. He always greeted me with that big grin and ask, “How ya doing my friend?” I never heard of anyone who ever had an unkind word about Gus. Know that you were loved, and will be deeply missed, my friend.

  11. Stan Bloodworth

    I worked with Gus at the PD. We were on the same squad until I retired. We talked every day and ate lunch together on most days. Gus was one of the good guys. He had a way with people. He treated everyone with respect. Gus always had a funny story and made me laugh all the time. I will miss you my friend. Gone but not forgotten. Rest in peace.

  12. Lane McClanahan

    Gus was a good friend and fellow officer. He always had a concern for others. He was a gentleman. I remember spending time with Gus talking about our retirement plans. Rest in peace, Buddy.

  13. Gus will be truly missed. by many. He was a great guy and a really fun guy to be around.
    Rest In Peace brother.

  14. I’m am sorry for your loss. Gus was always fun to work around. He had a very funny sense of humor and was a very decent and fair minded person. I always trusted Gus and felt that he would always be the first out in front of any situation.

  15. Rest In Peace Gus

    It was an honor and a privilege to serve with you in Texas and Iraq; good times, tough times, you could always be counted upon

  16. marsh blackmore

    Rest in peace my friend .you will always be remembered and missed , until we meet again in the after life ,Thank you for being a great friend . thank you for the great times.

  17. Peace be with Gus and his family. You’ll be missed every day by your friends and family. You were a great officer and one who could be counted on in the tough times and an even better man. Serving with us…the honor was ours.

  18. Gus was a one of a kind soldier and friend. Willing to go the extra step for a friend or a mission equally with an amazing attitude. You could always count on him on your worse day, to make it better. It was a true honor, serving with him, leading him, and being his friend, his whole Civil Affairs career, and especially in Iraq serving in my team for over a year. He was amazing under fire, always had a cool head and a quicker smile. One of the truest of men I have ever known. You will be sorely miss little brother, until then…

  19. Gus was a great friend and fellow officer. He and I were both veterans and would talk about our service. We were on the same shift at work and many days before work we lifted weights. My life is better because I knew Gus!

  20. Michelle Holder

    I saw a post on Facebook that Gus had made and it automatically brought a smile to my face. I hope that when my time comes that I will have made a positive impact on just a small percentage of the people that Gus had touched. Since I have retired I’ve not seen Gus in years but anytime I heard a “Gus” story it always made me smile. My prayers are with his family and friends for there is a void that can’t be filled but you will reunite again.

  21. Gus was the kind of person you couldn’t help but love because of his personality and smile. He was the type of friend that would always have your back in time of need, and was a hero to some if not all because he served his country as well as his city. If he thought you were down on your luck and needed a boost, he had the perfect words to make you feel better. I know he had consoling words for me when my father passed. All I can say is I was blessed with having known him and he will never be forgotten. My deepest sympathy goes out to his family and know he will always live as long as he is remembered.

  22. May you rest in eternal peace. You served with honor and distinction as a Lubbock Police Officer and in our Military. A real stand up guy ,a true professional and dedicated Officer. Always a smile and a positive attitude. Very dependable and for sure the one you want watching your back in a dangerous situation. You will be missed. Until we meet again my friend.God Bless you and your family. You left us way to soon.

  23. Gus was a great guy. Always a smile and great sense of humor.. He will be sorely missed. Stellar dude gone too soon. Fly Gus fly! See you soon…..

  24. Mary Jo, Steve, and Family……
    May the angels wrap their wings around you all at this difficult time.
    Saying prayers for all,
    Jacki Adams (Co-worker of Mary Jo)

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