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ESEQUIEL GUAJARDO GALVAN

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ESEQUIEL GUAJARDO GALVAN Obituary
ESEQUIEL GUAJARDO GALVAN
McALLEN - Esequiel Guajardo Galvan, 80, after a lengthy illness bravely battled, faithfully reached out to hold the loving hand of Jesus Christ, the Lord and Savior whom he had learned to trust and grown to love in his final years, and was peacefully "gathered to his people" in heaven on Tuesday, May 29, 2012. He was surrounded by family who had the privilege of helping to usher him home to eternal rest with Jesus.
Esequiel was born in McAllen, Texas to Jose and Porfiria Galvan on March 28, 1932, and was raised in the Rio Grande Valley. He attended McAllen schools, including McAllen High School where he proudly played as a starter for the McHi Bulldogs varsity football team. After graduation, he attended West Texas State College (now known as West Texas A&M University). He then enlisted in the United States Air Force where his college courses helped to prepare him for his service in a non-combat role in Korea during the Korean War. Upon receiving an honorable discharge, he continued his education at Texas Western College (now known as University of Texas at El Paso) where he studied printing. He completed his courses and soon worked as a printer by trade for the El Paso Times, the Chicago Tribune and the Detroit Free Press, eventually returning to his hometown of McAllen. He spent his final years of life as a resident at the Alfredo Gonzalez Texas State Veterans Home where his precious sister, Frances Garcia, lovingly cared for him up until the time of her death three years ago on May 30th. He was then cared for by his brother in law, Omar, whom Esequiel loved like a brother, and finally by his niece, Laura, and a team of private caregivers who considered it a joy and privilege to tenderly care for him.Esequiel is survived by his son, Esequiel (Zenia) Galvan Jr., and his three grandchildren, Zelfasarahy, Yahira, and Zennia of El Paso. He is also survived by his siblings Noe (Josefa) Sr. of Arlington, Maria (Simon) Salinas of McAllen, and Rebecca (Franklin, Sr.) Shoemaker of Arlington. He is also survived by his nephews and nieces, Noel Galvan, Abel Galvan, Alma Gonzalez, Alfredo Galvan, Daniel Galvan, Rene Salinas, Eduardo Galvan, Norma Manzano, Thelma Pilkinton, Omar Garcia Jr., Yvonne Glosch, Thelma Balli, Phillip Garcia, Laura Garcia, Franklin Shoemaker Jr. as well as cousins and many great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Frances Paz Galvan of El Paso, his brother Jose Candelario (Victoria) Galvan Sr. of Chicago, his sister Frances (Omar) Garcia of McAllen, and his nephew Jose Candelario Jr. of McAllen.Esequiel was dearly loved by many and will be greatly missed.Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 31, 2012 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 1, 2012, at Ceballos Funeral Home, burial will follow at the Rio Grande Valley State Veterans Cemetery in Mission. All services are entrusted to Ceballos Funeral Home of McAllen, Texas.
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Published in The Monitor on May 31, 2012
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