David L. Gaza, age 64, passed away January 8, 2016 in Corpus Christi, Texas. He was born in Alice, Texas on February 23, 1951 to Mr. and Mrs. Alberto and Guadalupe Gaza. David was known to many for his love of music. David was the leader of his band, “The Gaza Express Band” which included his brothers. He was a choir director at Our Lady of Guadalupe for many years and also at St. John in Orange Grove where he served as the Music Minister for 15 years. He was a guitar instructor and taught music at many schools including St. Elizabeth and St. Joseph Catholic School. David enjoyed playing music for mass at Christus Spohn in Alice where he also volunteered. He ran the sound system for Christus Spohn Alice for various activities. His music career was recognized and honored as he was inducted into the Tejano Roots Hall of Fame in January 2012.
In addition to his love of music, David also took pleasure in helping others, especially children. He organized the talent show for the Jim Wells County Fair and recorded many farewell speeches for the Jim Wells County Fair Queen. David was also an announcer for the Christmas Parade Floats. He was President of the Fiesta Bandana for over 30 years. He was a man that will forever be remembered and missed by all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Alberto and Guadalupe Gaza; and four brothers, Jaime L. Gaza, Eduardo L. Gaza, Ernesto L. Gaza and Jose L. Gaza.
He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, San Juanita J. Gaza of Alice, Texas; three brothers, Alejandro L. Gaza of Robstown, Texas, Abelardo L. Gaza of Alice, Texas and Roberto (Elodia) Garcia of Alice, Texas along with numerous nieces, nephews, aunt, uncle and cousins.
Visitation will be held Sunday, January 10, 2016, from 5 till 9 p.m. at Rosas Funeral Home Chapel in Alice, Texas with a Rosary being recited at 7:00 p.m. that evening. A funeral mass will be celebrated Monday, January 11, 2016, at 3 p.m. at St. John of the Cross Catholic Church in Orange Grove, Texas. Burial will follow at Casa Blanca Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Jose Feliciano Borrego, Armando Borrego, Albert Gaza, Ruben Gaza, Benjamin Gaza, and Jacob Holguin.
Funeral arrangements entrusted with ROSAS FUNERAL HOME, INC.