Dr. Salvador Gonzalez, 85, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, formerly of La Pryor, died on Feb. 26, 2019, in Oklahoma.
A rosary was recited yesterday and will be recited again today at 7 p.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary.
A funeral mass will be held tomorrow at 1 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in La Pryor, followed by interment at La Pryor Cemetery.
He was born on March 14, 1933, in La Pryor to Pedro and Elvira (Martinez) Gonzalez.
He graduated in 1951 from La Pryor High School, where he was the class valedictorian. He attended the University of California Irvine School of Medicine and graduated with a medical degree in 1964.
He joined the U.S. Air Force and served for many years before returning to Uvalde and starting a medical practice. The family says he never turned down any patient and was a dedicated physician aways willing to provide medical care.
He served as a medical director for Uvalde Memorial Hospital, and later became the medical director for Vida Y Salud-Health Systems Inc. in Crystal City, a position he held for 15 years.
He retired in 2012 and committed his time to his ranch, where he enjoyed spending time with family and friends. The family says he could also often be found at a local golf course, attempting to hit a hole-in-one.
The family says he was a hardworking self-made man; he made it through life with dedication, strong will and determination to be the best he could be. He was a down-to-earth man with an adventurous spirit and he enjoyed throwing yearly parties where he provided food, drinks, and entertainment to help give back to the community.
Gonzalez is survived by his daughter, Diana Mata and husband, Raymond Jr., of Uvalde; three sons, Michael S. Gonzalez and wife, Laurie, of San Diego, California, Dr. Vincent Gonzalez and fiancée, Diane Sweet, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Daniel Gonzalez and wife, Blanca, of Austin; sister, Enriqueta Lopez of Lake Elsinore, California; seven grandchildren, Paul Gonzalez, Victoria Gonzalez, Melissa Phillips, Gabriella Mata, Hayden Mata, Christian Gonzalez and Hailey Gonzalez; two great-grandchildren, Jeremy Phillips and James Phillips; and care giver, Mayra Torres of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Hortencia Gameros; parents; three brothers, Teodoro Gonzalez, Severo Gonzalez and Ricardo Gonzalez; five sisters, Pascuala Gonzalez Aviles, Petra Gonzalez Garcia, Otila Gonzalez Valdez, Alma Vara and Maria Gonzalez Smith; and three half-brothers, George Gonzalez, Alejandro Gonzalez and Pedro Gonzalez.
A visitation was held yesterday at 3 p.m. at Rushing- Estes-Knowles Mortuary in Uvalde.
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