William Delgado Sr.
William (“Bill”, “Billy”) Delgado Sr., 86, of Texas City, passed away at his home Wednesday, May 11, 2016.
Bill was born January 26, 1930 in Port Arthur Texas and is preceded in death by his parents Jose Villa and Mayme Delgado, his beloved Aunt Lydia and Uncle Jesse Santos Sr. who helped raise him; son Larry Delgado; three half-brothers and several cousins.
Survivors include two daughters, Mitzi Longoria, Lisa Lopez and husband Richard; two sons William (Will) Delgado Jr. and Pam, Rod Delgado and wife Tracy; nine grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren, and an extended family in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Delgado had a full life, rich in experience and adventure. As a young man during World War II, Delgado joined the military service where his enthusiasm for sports led him into various activities, including a brief stint in boxing. Post military, Delgado returned to Texas City, began a family and the drywall business which would make him well known throughout the community.
His passion for sports endured and for a period of years Bill played semi-professional football. Later he began coaching youth sports in Texas City and La Marque and over the ensuing decades had the opportunity to influence and mentor generations of local youth. A member of the local “quarterback club”, Bill was a regular attendee at Stingaree football games but also was a regular follower of the local basketball and baseball teams as well, especially those teams featuring his grandchildren. When not coaching or attending sporting events, Bill was watching the Houston Oilers, then Texans, as well as his beloved Texas Longhorns on television or meeting with his breakfast club at Whataburger to discuss all of the above. Whether known as Bill, Billy or Coach Delgado, he was recognized by many and will be deeply missed by all.
Visitation will occur at Carnes Funeral Home in Texas City, Sunday May 15, 2016 from 5pm -7pm with a rosary starting at 7pm. Family viewing will be from 4pm to 5pm. Burial will occur at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Dickinson May 16, 2016, at 11am. Procession will begin at 1030am from Carnes Funeral Home.
The family is deeply appreciative and grateful for the compassionate and loving care provided by family friend Mari Rivas.