David Garza Garcia, 89, died unexpectedly Friday, Oct. 21, 2011, in Victoria, Texas.

He was born in Beeville, Texas on March 8, 1922, to the late Yndalecio and Livrada Garza Garcia. David served in the U.S. Army as an anti-tank gun crewman. He served at Normandy during the D-Day invasion and at the Battle of the Bulge. He participated in the Battle of Bastogne and held behind enemy lines in battle for three months before General George S. Patton was able to come in to relieve the troops from enemy hands.

He made his home in Virginia and Lake Fourteen for 54 years before retiring to Victoria, Texas. He was employed by the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Oliver Mining Company. He was the successful owner of Garcia's Pizza, with his late wife, Patricia Voigt Garcia, and operated Garcia's Liquor Store.

He was an avid sportsman and creative man who built two of his residences. He enjoyed helping friends building and repairing structures. His hobbies included gardening, landscaping, cooking, preserving food and to those who knew him well, giving advice, solicited or unsolicited!

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Kathleen "Carol" Garcia; children, daughters Debbi, Rita, Joyce and son Michael Garcia; three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Patricia Voigt Garcia; son, David "Rusty" Garcia; sisters, Margarita Luisa Garcia Vasquez, Elosia Garcia Naranjo and Adela Garcia; brothers, Lorenzo Garcia, Prudencio Garcia, Vicente Garcia, Antonio Garcia, Adolfo Garcia and Lupe Garcia; and a nephew who was raised as a brother.

Donations in remembrance of David can be made to the Pike-Sandy-Britt and/or Evergreen Volunteer Fire Departments which responded to family medical and fire emergencies while in living in Minnesota, and would be greatly appreciated by the family.

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Private memorial services will be held at a later date at Lake Fourteen. Online go to: obits.victoriaadvocate.com

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