Mr. Richard Villa Garcia, a Haltom City councilman, died Monday of complications related to diabetes.|
Mr. Garcia liked to make people laugh, he loved to help kids, and he was devoted to improving relationships between fellow Hispanics and others in the community, his friends said Tuesday.
Born March 12, 1946, in San Angelo to Crecensio Hogeda Sr. and Margarita Garcia, Mr. Garcia graduated from San Angelo Central High School and Angelo State University. His only surviving family is a half-brother, friend Vicki Shad said.
A retiree from state government, Mr. Garcia's greatest contributions to the Haltom City council were "strong opinions and insight into agenda items," Haltom City Mayor Richard Hutchison said.
"He served in the Texas attorney general's office and brought essential viewpoints to the council, especially where the issues concerned state law."
Friends who gathered Tuesday to arrange a memorial service for Mr. Garcia said he probably would want to be remembered for other things.
"His greatest accomplishment was helping other people," said Ray Robinson, a friend since 1977. "He was always very quiet, but he loved to be with children and help them as a mentor."
A member of the Suez Temple in San Angelo since 1977, Mr. Garcia associated with Fort Worth's Shriners in 1985, said Ellen Mitchell, a Moslah Temple spokeswoman.
Published in Star-Telegram on Aug. 27, 2013