Harlingen: Roman Garza Jr., 50, passed away suddenly on Friday, April 15th, 2022. On March 9th, 1972, Roman was born to Dionicia Hernandez and Roman Garza Sr. in Weslaco, Texas. Roman was raised in Mercedes by Jessie and Dionicia Gonzales. He was the oldest of eight siblings. Roman always admired his father, Jessie, who raised him like his own son. As soon as Roman was able, he enlisted in the US Army, following in his father, Jesse's footsteps.
Roman was an outdoorsman his entire life. When he was a kid, Roman and his brothers played outside in the neighborhood and rode bikes. Roman loved hunting, and even as a young boy Roman would clean and cook every animal he shot, from rabbits to quail. Roman's favorite outdoor activity was fishing. He spent lots of time at South Padre Island but would fish anywhere.
Roman was a jack of all trades. He had an entrepreneurial spirit. He worked in retail sales at a nursing home and mowed yards on evenings and weekends to make extra money.
Roman was most passionate about spending time with his kids and family. Roman was the family's comedian, and there was never a dull moment. He loved to clown around, tell jokes and surprise you with a prank. Roman was light-hearted and got along with everyone. He would dance to any tune and could have fun with any crowd.
Roman is preceded in death by his father, Jessie Gonzales, brother Antonio Gonzales, nephew, Michael Aguilar, and maternal grandmother Carmen Zuniga.
He is survived by his mom, Dionicia Gonzales, sons, Jonathan Garza (Jasmine Lopez) of Donna, Roman Garza III of Colorado, Joshua Garza (Janet) of Louisiana, Roman Eric Garza of Austin, and Logan Garza, Anthony, Alexis, and Mathew of Harlingen, daughter, Samantha Garza of Edinburg, longtime girlfriend, Esmer Reyes, siblings, Mario E. Garza (Monica Garza), Jose S. Garza (Teresa), Jessie Gonzales (Janet) Jessica M. Gonzales (Daniel), Dalinda M. Gonzales, Crystal Muñoz (Polo), and Tanya M. Gonzales (Alejandra), grandchildren, Ace Jordan, Marilyn, Emma Lu, and Ayrton Garza, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Wednesday, April 27th, 10 am- 9 pm, with a rosary at 7 pm at McCaleb Funeral Home. Mass will be Thursday, April 28th, at 2:00 pm, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Mercedes, followed by burial at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Cemetery.
Contributions to Roman's funeral expenses can be made at https://portal.icheckgateway.com/McCalebFuneralHome/Default.aspx
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