Gilbert (Beto) Narbaiz, Jr., 55, of Big Spring, Texas passed away on Monday, March 7, 2016 at a local hospital. Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m., Thursday, March 10, 2016 at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel.|
He was born July 28, 1960 in Big Spring. A few years after the death of his father, Gilberto Narbaiz, he was raised by Saragosa and the late Lucy Ochoa. He had been a member of the Big Spring community for several years and was a graduate of Big Spring High School and Howard College.
He was a pressman for the Big Spring Herald. Gilbert started working at the Big Spring Herald at the age of 15 as an inserter and at one time was the circulation manager. However, he never really enjoyed sitting behind a desk. He loved working with his hands which is what led him to become a pressman. His job as printer pressman led him to be transferred to Mobile, Ala.; Texarkana, Texas; Amarillo, Texas and eventually back to Big Spring. He had currently been with the Big Spring Herald for over 10 years.
Gilbert was an avid musician and D.J. He was the lead vocalist and bass player for his band known as Sierra. Gilbert's passion was music, listening and playing, and was a talented bass player. His paternal grandfather had been a musician and Gilbert believed music flowed through his veins as it did his grandfather's. Although his love was playing bass guitar he could play virtually any instrument placed before him. He was extremely proud of his son Nic's talent at playing drums. Some of his best times were playing alongside him. Gilbert enjoyed grilling, especially at the Ochoa and Sanchez home.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou (Wera) Narbaiz of Big Spring; two sons, Nic Narbaiz of Odessa and David Martinez of Big Spring; one daughter, Vanessa Valencia of Big Spring; several grandchildren; his uncle whom he came to know as a father, Saragosa Ochoa, of Big Spring, a cousin, whom he loved and referred to as his sister, Patsy Sanchez and husband, Henry of Big Spring.
He is preceded in death by his father, Gilberto Narbaiz, his grandparents, George and Santos Narbaiz, a daughter, Kasey Lynn Narbaiz, and an aunt (mom) Lucy Narbaiz Ochoa.
The family will be residing at the Ochoa home, 2012 Jocelyn Road
Arrangements under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home and Crematory of Big Spring. Online condolences may be made at www. npwelch.com
Published in Big Spring Herald on Mar. 10, 2016