SAN?DIEGO, Texas Lauro J. Gutierrez, 55, a lifelong resident of San Diego, Texas, was called home on Wednesday, April 27, 2011, after a long battle with cancer. He was born in Alice, Texas, on October 21, 1955, to Lauro and Carmen Gutierrez; he was a graduate of San Diego High School class of 1974. He was formerly employed with several oil field companies as a truck driver and also worked for the San Diego Municipal Utility District.

He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant daughter, Leanna Bertha Gutierrez; a son, Joseph Daniel Gutierrez; and his father in law.

Lauro is survived by his wife of 33 years of marriage, Cynthia C. Gutierrez of San Diego; one son, Lauro A. Gutierrez of Austin, Texas; one daughter, Lauren A. Gutierrez of Corpus Christi, Texas; two sisters, Gracie (Reymundo) G. Galvan of San Antonio, Texas and Rosario G. (Rick) Daniels of Bluewater, New Mexico; his mother-in-law, several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, 2011 at the Garza Funeral Home in San Diego, Texas with a Rosary recited at 7 p.m. that evening. Funeral Mass was held at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 29, 2011 at St. Francis De Paula Catholic Church in San Diego, Texas. Interment will follow at a later date.

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Arrangements entrusted to Garza Funeral Home.