BENAVIDES, Texas – Demetrio P. Cavazos, 71, a resident of Benavides, Texas, died Monday, January 25, 2010, after a sudden illness. He was employ-ed by Pearl Drilling Company; he also owned and operated Cavazos Feed & Seed and a tire shop. He loved hunting, fishing and ranching. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and uncle who will be sadly missed by all his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Fidel and Sofia Cavazos; a brother, Edwardo O. Cavazos; a sister, Maria Hinojosa; his grandson, Joseph D. Gutierrez; and his granddaughter, Leanna B. Gutierrez.

Demetrio is survived by his wife of 51 years, Belia Sanchez Cavazos of Benavides, Texas; two sons, Humberto (Sandra A.) Cavazos Sr. of Ben Bolt, Texas, and Demetrio O. (Nancy) Cavazos of Corpus Christi, Texas; one daughter, Cynthia (Lauro) Gutierrez of San Diego, Texas; three brothers, Julian (Armandina) Cavazos of Kingsville, Texas, Fidel (Mary Lou) Cavazos Jr. of Benavides, Texas, and Eloy (Elia) Cavazos of Petronila, Texas; three sisters, Jesusa (Pilar) Miller of Dinuba, Calif., Lydia Viera of Houston, Texas, and Idolina (Regino) Ramirez of Benavides, Texas; seven grandchildren, Lauro A. Gutierrez, Lauren A. Gutierrez, Adrian A. Cavazos, Humberto Cavazos Jr., Jose Alejandro (Katherine) Cavazos, John David Cavazos and Mackenzie E.H. Cavazos; one great-grandchild, Gabriel Nicolo Cavazos; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at the Garza Funeral Home in San Diego, Texas, with a Holy Rosary at 7 p.m. that evening.  Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, January 28, 2010 at Santa Rosa de Lima Catholic Church in Benavides, Texas.  Interment will follow at a later date.

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Arrangements entrusted to Garza Funeral Home,  San Diego, Texas.

–Paid Obituary