Joe Garcia passed away Sunday, July 15, 2018. Family and friends will recite the Holy Rosary on Friday, July 27, 2018, at 7 p.m., followed by a reception at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers. A mass celebration is scheduled for Saturday, July 28, 2018, at 10 a.m. at Holy Spirit Catholic Church followed by a Celebration of Life Party Saturday evening at Holy Spirit with Live Music and Dancing.
Joe was born on May 6, 1946 to Jose and Florencia Moreno Garcia in Bay City, Texas where he attended Holy Cross Catholic School and Bay City High School. Joe lost his father at age 12 and soon began working jobs to help support his mother. In the late 1950’s, he moved with his mother to Oak Cliff to be close to her family. He joined the Navy in 1966, was stationed in Norfolk, VA. He proudly served in the Vietnam war with the HS-3 Helicopter Squadron and saw intense combat. On April 1, 1967, he married Guadalupe “Lupe” Rodriguez at the Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas. Joe attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, and graduated with a Business Degree in 1973. He was hired on April 1, 1973 and started his life long career with General Motors AC DELCO Division. He was promoted to the position of District Sales Manager and relocated to Lubbock, Tx. in 1977. He retired after 30+ years with the company. During his years in Lubbock, Joe was an active member at St. John Neumann Catholic Church and involved with the Knights of Columbus in the community before becoming a member at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in his later years. He was involved in the Lubbock Metro Rotary where he was elected the first Hispanic President in 2010. He loved to travel with his family, enjoyed painting and playing golf.
Survivors include his wife, Guadalupe “Lupe” Garcia; children Joseph Anthony Garcia, Jesus Jose Garcia, and Carmen Ofelia Garcia; Joe is also survived by a host of cousins, nieces and nephews and Lupe’s siblings. Joe also leaves behind a great number of friends in Lubbock and Dallas whose lives he touched with his vivacious personality and great sense of humor.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jose and Florencia Garcia.