Gilberto Z. Torres Sr.
Gilberto Z. Torres Sr., 81, of Uvalde died on Jan. 5, 2018, at Uvalde Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.
He was born on April 24, 1936, in Uvalde to Antonia (Zavala) and Eutimio Torres.
He married Maria Flores on Sept. 4, 1960, in Uvalde.
The family says he ran Torres Upholstery for 15 years, a business his father helped him start; and he retired as a sergeant after serving 42 years in the U.S. Army.
The family says he was a family man, dedicated public servant and jokester. Torres spent much of his adult life as a public official, serving as Uvalde County Commissioner of Precinct 2 for more than 24 years. The family says he was the first Hispanic County Commissioner elected in Uvalde. He also served as a board member for Uvalde Consolidated Independent School district for three years.
The family says he was a founding father of Community Health Development Inc., where he served on the board of directors for more than 20 years, and received numerous awards and recognition for his contribution to health care.
Torres is survived by his wife of 57 years; one daughter, Lydia Morales and husband, Arnold; three sons, Gilberto Torres Jr. and wife, Cristina, Jose Antonio Torres and wife, Anna, and Juan Torres; four sisters, Julia Guzman, Elida T. Moreno, Andrea Moreno and Antonia Rios, all of Uvalde; one brother, Alejandro Torres of San Antonio; 23 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Alejandro Torres; two brothers, Valentin Torres and Eutimio Torres Jr.; and one grandson, Ezequiel Torres.
A rosary was recited on Monday at 7 p.m. and a vigil was held on Tuesday at 7 p.m., both at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary.
A funeral mass was held yesterday at 2 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment followed at Hillcrest Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Arnold Morales Jr., Sergio Morales, Javier Torres, Rogelio Torres, Jose Torres Jr. and Gilberto Torres III.
Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary, www.rekfunerals.com