Jose G. Alonzo
Col. Jose G. Alonzo, 79, of Uvalde and San Antonio, retired from the U.S. Marine Corps, died on Jan. 3, 2020, in San Antonio.
The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6-7 p.m., and a rosary will be recited at 7 p.m., in the chapel at Porter Loring Mortuary North, 2102 North Loop 1604 East in San Antonio.
A funeral mass is scheduled Wednesday at noon at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 4201 De Zavala Road, and interment will follow in Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery.
Alonzo was born on Dec. 13, 1940, in Musquiz, Coahuila, Mexico.
He completed secondary schooling in Mexico and moved to Uvalde at the age of 15. He attended eighth grade at Sacred Heart Catholic School and graduated from Uvalde High School in 1961.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos. He later received master’s degrees from Pepperdine University and the University of Texas in San Antonio.
Alonzo joined the Marine Corps in October of 1965. His military career took him all over the United States and included several overseas assignments, including Iceland, Turkey, Greece, England, Germany, Central America and South America.
Upon graduation from officer candidate school, Alonzo served as a logistic officer, supply officer and basic signals intelligence/electronics warfare officer.
He served two tours of duty in Vietnam.
His decorations and citations include the National Defense Service Medal, several marksmanship badges, Vietnam Service Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, Vietnam Commendation Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Gallantry Cross Medal color with palm), Navy Commendation Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Legion of Merit and Overseas Service Ribbon among others.
Upon his military retirement in 1994, he went into public education as a teacher, vice principal and principal. He also served as a counselor for veterans of the armed services at San Antonio College for several years. His hobbies included Bible study and dinner groups, socializing, volunteering with Meals On Wheels and traveling all over the country.
He was a voracious reader, an avid gym-goer and, as a lover of history, participated in a history club.
According to his family, although Alonzo experienced a life filled with achievements and accolades, he remained a kind, and tender man, never forgetting his humble beginnings. The family said he was devoted to his wife, children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, who will miss his smile and warm embrace.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Irma Luna Alonzo of Uvalde and San Antonio; two daughters, Lisa Belus of Houston and Michelle Huff of Katy; son, Joey Alonzo of San Antonio; seven grandchildren, Carissa Huff of Centreville, Virginia, Billy Huff, Jakob Alonzo and Amelie Alonzo, all of San Antonio, and Michael Huff, James Huff and Lauren Huff, all of Katy; brother, Arturo G. Alonzo of Uvalde; and sister-in-law, Amparo Alonzo of San Antonio.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Juan Alonzo, Hilario Alonzo and Dionisio Alonzo; and two sisters, Asuncion Alvarez and Aurora Vallejo.