On Thursday, December 26, 2019, Mr. Luz G. Garza, loving father of three, concluded his beautiful and perfect journey at the age of 86. Mr. Luz G. Garza was born on July 22, 1933 in Beeville, TX to Rafael and Valentina (Gutierrez) Garza. He was a graduate of AC Jones High School; Class of 1954. He married his high school sweetheart and fellow classmate; Carolina Ochoa. The couple had three children Mary Elva, Luz Ochoa Garza and Benjamin Ochoa Garza. Luz had a passion for Music, he was born into a musical family and began his lifelong music career at a very young age which spanned over 70 years. Some of his highlights was touring all over Europe and the United States playing Bajo Sexto and singing Vocals for Flaco Jimenez, Mingo Saldivar, and Chano Cadena, to name a few plus his own groups which were Luz Garza y Los Tejanos, Luz Garza y Los Sunrays and Luz Garza y Su Conjunto. He recorded a top 10 hit titled, Impossible with Mingo Saldivar in the 80’s. Some other musical highlights for Luz was recording with Flaco Jimenez and Peter Rowan at the BBC Studios in London, playing on tour with the likes of the Rolling Stones, Los Lobos and Willie Nelson in the early 80’s and late 90’s, Luz continued his career up until he was 83 years old, he was presented the Beeville Concert Association Lifetime award on November 12, 2017, he is a member of the Class of 2013 Tejano Roots Hall of Fame and was presented the Greg Paredez Bajo Sexto award on January 13, 2013, Beeville County Commissioners also designated November 12 officially as Luz Garza day. Luz was also a lifetime parishioner of the St. James Catholic Church and a member of the Spanish choir. Another lifelong passion Luz had was fishing where he made many memorable fishing stories with his sons, family and friends. Luz also served in the United States Army.
Luz was preceded in death by his father, Rafael, his mother Valentina, his three brothers, Ralph, Juan and Frank Garza, his wife Carolina Ochoa Garza, and son-in-law Manuel Villarreal.
He is survived by his two sisters, Mary Rojas and Stella Sanchez, daughter Mary Elva Villarreal, two sons Luz (Terry) O. Garza and Benjamin (Leslie) O. Garza, five grandchildren, Marilena Teresa, Clarissa Marie, Luz Alejandro, Benjamin Nicolas, Olivia Lorena and one great grandchild, Aubriella Grace, several cousins, nieces, nephews and sisters-in-law.
Visitation will be at Trevino Funeral Home on Friday, December 27 from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with rosary recited at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, December 28, at 10:00 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church with Father Jacob officiating. Burial will follow at Beeville Memorial Park with full military honors. Flowers can be sent to Trevino Funeral Home 401 W. Springer Beeville, Texas.
Pallbearers will be grandsons; Luz Alejandro, Benjamin Nicolas, Nephews; Juan Ricardo, Joseph Garza and friends; Higinio Casarez and Jo Jo Mendez. Honorary Pallbearers will be past and present fellow musicians.
Special thanks to his provider Martha Gutierrez who cared for our Dad the last few years of his life
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