He was preceded in death by his father, David G. Valdez; his grandparents, Carlos & Natalia Valdez and Enrique & Felicita Garza. He is survived by his mother, Mima G. Valdez; one aunt, Amada (Raul) Aguirre Sr.; three uncles, Simeon (Nena) Garza, Able Garza, all of Beeville, and Eloy Valdez of California. He also leaves behind one godson, Ian Montemayor, son of Joey and Sandy Montemayor and one goddaughter Stella Garcia, daughter of Ralph and Theresa Garcia. He was also an honorary uncle to Connor and Makaelah Rae, children of Larry and Lisa Favre and to Trey, son of Tommy and Kelly Taylor.
Carlos was the youngest of the Garza grandchildren and was an only child. He graduated from Southwest Texas State University with a Political Science Degree and was a member of Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity. He made his home In Austin, Texas, after graduation from college. He was a lifelong enthusiastic fan of the San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Cowboys and most fondly the University of Texas Longhorns. He lived the life most people would love to live. He loved with all his heart and laughed a laugh that will always be remembered. He was an unconventional mind that saw the whole world for what it was without judgment. He loved everyone and never met a stranger. Carlos was an amazing young man that was loved very much by so many people. He will be missed immensely. His journey home was not alone. By his side were his childhood friends, “The Boys”: Chris, Joey, Tommy, Larry, Marc, Eric, Ralph, Roland, Austin, Chris and Chad. An amazing group of young men he called his brothers.
His rosary was recited on Sunday evening, July 7th, at Oak Park Memorial Funeral Chapel by Deacon Paul Matula and his funeral mass was celebrated on Monday, July 8th, at 10:00 am at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with father Richard Gonzales officiating. Music was provided by Guadi Lopez. Eulogy was given by Larry Favre. After the burial ceremony, family and friends gathered to pay tribute to Carlos at T’s Honky Tonk, downtown Beeville. Eric Arrisola gave grace before the luncheon, and the afternoon was spent among great friends and wonderful family. Pallbearers were Chris Holmes, Joey Montemayor, Tommy Taylor, Larry Favre, Marc Eeds, Eric Arrisola, Ralph Garcia, Roland Escobar, Austin Anderson, Chris Walker, Chad McNeil and Ian Montemayor. Honorary pallbearers were Raul Aguirre Jr., Richard H. Aguirre, Robert Garza Jr. & Simeon Garza Jr.
We wish to thank the ICU doctors at Breckenridge Medical Hospital in Austin, Texas and a special thanks to Laura Fehd, ICU nurse for her compassion and love in his final hour.
Oak Park Memorial Funeral Chapel