Santos Zacarias Gonzalez joined his wife and his Savior in heaven on March 2, 2021.
Santos was born to Emeterio and Santiaga Gonzalez on Nov. 1, 1943, in San Luis de la Paz, Guanajuato. He married Maria Felix Villanueva on Jan. 3, 1962 and happily spent 53 years by her side. They had 11 children: Sara, Maria de Jesus, Santos, Jose Angel, Maria Elena, Miguel Angel, Felipe, Felix, Maria Enedina, and Luis. Santos was a very hard worker.
He traveled to the United States to find work to provide a better future for his family, arriving in Munday in 1978. He worked as a construction worker and worked at the Munday Gin and Seed, and also as a migrant worker. He sacrificed being with his family and worked to reunite with them for many years. In 1993 he was able to finally settle in Munday with all his family.
Santos was a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He did his best to teach and guide his family in God’s ways. He had a servant’s heart. He enjoyed helping people and never expected anything in return. He enjoyed playing the accordion and singing Catholic hymns with his family and was a member of the Santa Rosa Catholic Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Agustin Gonzalez, his toddler son (Jose Angel) and his wife.
He is survived by his children Sara Rojas of San Luis de la Paz, Gto., Maria de Jesus Gonzalez of Munday, Santos Gonzalez of Munday, Jose Angel Gonzalez of Munday, Maria Elena Jimenez of Wylie, Miguel Angel Gonzalez of Crowell, Felipe Gonzalez of Munday, Felix Gonzalez of Munday, Maria Enedina Vega of Munday, Luis Gonzalez of McKinney; and his sister Paula Gonzalez of Houston.
He had 31 grandchildren: Sara, Antonio, Marissa and Selena Rojas, Diana and Gabriela Garcia, Eric, Joseph and Marcos Gonzalez, Michielle, Yadi, Jose, FranciscoTorres, Karla and Liliana Jimenez, Miguel, Zayda and Gabriel Gonzalez, Juan Pablo, Luis and Zeineth Gonzalez, Emanuel, Alondra, Baleria, Abraham, Fernanda and Ayde Gonzalez, Maria, Ana, Alexa and Trinity Vega; and 17 great grandchildren.
Santos will be dearly missed but his memory will live on in everyone who knew him.
A rosary was held Friday, March 5, 2021 at the funeral home. Funeral mass was held Saturday, March 6, 2021 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Rhineland. Interment followed in St. Joseph’s Cemetery under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home.