DALLAS David Nanez Ramirez, 64, went to be with his heavenly Father on Friday, April 26, 2013. David was born Dec. 21, 1948, in San Angelo, Texas to Carmen and David Ramirez. He lived the majority of his life in Dallas, Texas. David was a devoted son, brother, husband, father, uncle, friend, and proud "grandpa." David served in the United States Army
during the Vietnam War
, where he was wounded, losing a limb in battle. David was decorated with several medals and commendations, including the Purple Heart
. He attended Dallas Baptist University where he studied psychology. After 30 years, David retired from the Texas Workforce Commission where he dedicated his life to assisting disabled veterans, like himself. Throughout the years David's body began to give up, however, his patriotism never failed. Because of his fighting spirit and faith in the Lord, he overcame many obstacles. His most important mission in life was his faith in God and family. David was more than just a brother and grandfather; he was a father figure and inspiration to us all. Though he found enjoyment in contributing to the welfare of others, his greatest joy in life was spending time with and mentoring his grandchildren. There was rarely a quiet day in the Ramirez household due to the laughter and rambunctious play of his many grandchildren and he preferred it no other way. David enjoyed reading the Bible, Sunday family cookouts, and cheering on the Dallas Cowboys. Remaining to celebrate his life include his wife Sylvia; his daughters, Grace and Michelle; his son, David; his mother, Carmen Ramirez; his sisters, Alicia Trillo, Linda Scarbrough-Ramirez, and Christine and husband Jaime Mata; sister-in-law Maria Ramirez; his brothers, Hector, James, and Daniel and wife Mary Ramirez; his 13 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and several special nephews, nieces, and cousins. David was deeply loved, admired, and will be greatly missed. Please join us in the celebration of his homecoming. Wake services will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 5, 2013, and funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday, May 6, 2013, at Bean, Massey, and Burge Funeral Home, 2951 S. Belt Line Rd. in Grand Prairie, TX, with a Military Honors Presentation at the DFW National Cemetery, in recognition of his honorable service to the country. "My Flesh and my HEART may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever...but as for me, it is good to be near God."