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Rudy G. Gonzales

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved partner, father, grandfather, brother and friend. He fought a brave and courageous battle against liver cancer, but left our family to find peace Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009, in Phoenix. He leaves behind his wife, Carol; daughter Jessica; son-in-law Ricky; grandchildren Evan Noah and Leila Marie; sister Virginia; and brothers Johnny, David and Robert. He was loved by so many and maintained so many friendships throughout his life. He married his love and friend, Carol, 35 years ago and ultimately settled in Phoenix in 2000.
He served in Vietnam and other military assignments with the Special Forces Division of the Army. He was honorably discharged and later obtained a degree in engineering at New Mexico State University. As an engineer, he supported youth and minorities to enter the sciences by becoming a mentor and advocate. He was always a leader and taught so many others by his example. He was also an avid sports enthusiast, which led him to become involved in coaching and supporting his daughter in fastpitch softball. He dedicated much of his time to supporting his daughter in her love of this sport and traveled throughout the Western states and Canada to various tournaments. His mentorship and guidance also enabled his daughter to complete her graduate education. Soon after his daughter's graduation, he took the opportunity to assist with coaching the British National Team. He traveled throughout Europe attending various tournaments and sharing his knowledge of the game. His passion was also shared by his wife and daughter, who often accompanied him throughout his travels. His other hobbies included traveling, reading about history and science, and spending time with his beloved grandchildren.  
He was loved by so many, but no love was greater than the love he shared with his wife and daughter. He laid the foundation that kept us upright. He was a man of great dignity, honor and strength. His merits were noble and far greater than all other men that we know. He was our mentor, best friend and hero. We will never go a day without thanking him for all he did to make our lives have so much purpose and worth.  
A celebration of his life will be held Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009, at 9:30 a.m. Services will be held in San Diego at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in Point Loma, Calif. He will be laid to rest near his daughter's residence.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in memory of Rudy G. Gonzales to the Bonita Valley Girls Softball Team, P.O. Box 1966, Bonita, CA 91908.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Feb. 3 to Feb. 17, 2009
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