Paul G. Garza, II, 86 of Houston, Texas passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 26, 2013, surrounded by his family.
Paul was born on June 29, 1927, in the family home in Bourne, Texas. His parents, Paul, Sr., and Dolores Gutierrez Garza welcomed their 10th child and were soon followed by four more siblings.
He is preceded in death by his loving wife of 53 years, Willa Pauline Tamburello Garza, infant daughter, Karen Victoria Garza, his parents, Paul, Sr. and Dolores, brothers, Henry, Louis, Gilbert and Albert, sisters, Magdalene and Mary.
Paul is survived by his daughter, Anna Marie Garza Franklin, Son, Paul Gregory Garza and wife, Bettina Wray Garza, daughter, Theresa Louise Garza, daughter, Kathleen Rose Garza and husband, Jaime Garza, daughter, Charlotte 'Charli' Pauline Garza Carnes and husband, Steven Carnes. His grandsons John Paul Franklin, Lawson Carnes and Leighton Carnes also survive him. His brothers, Theodore, Anthony, and George and sisters Sally and Irene along with many nieces and nephews, also survive Paul.
Shortly after his birth his family moved to Bellaire, TX and Paul was very proud of his attending St. Thomas High School. While at St. Thomas he learned to fly with the Civil Cadets. His graduation was delayed from St. Thomas when he was granted permission to join his brothers in enlisting in the military during WW II. Paul chose to join the Army Air Corps and was training as a fighter pilot when the war started winding down. Due to his exceptional language and mathematical skills he was retrained as a cryptologist and served in the Philippines. Just before the war was over, an FBI recruiter tried to entice Paul to come to work them, but Paul chose instead to return to St. Thomas and finish high school!
Paul married Pauline Tamburello at Sacred Heart Cathedral on April 18, 1959. He resided in the same home in Freeway Manor that he and his wife bought months before the birth of their first child until his death.
Paul loved and was extremely devoted to his family. He never made a career decision without assessing how if would impact his wife and children. He was a very a dedicated airline mechanical engineer and was a member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. He worked extensively with Eastern Airlines before retiring.
Volunteering was very important to Paul and he did so at A.B, Freeman Elementary. Paul also coached teams with Freeway Manor Little League and South Houston Girls Softball. Paul was also a founding member of St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Church.
Visitation will be held on January 2, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Carnes Funeral Home 3100 Gulf Freeway, Texas City, TX, 77591, with the Rosary at 7:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church 10727 Hartsook Street, Houston, TX 77034.