Joe Garza

Joe Rendon Garza

Monday, July 4th, 1938 - Thursday, July 30th, 2020
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Joe Rendon Garza, 82, of Port Lavaca, with his family by his side sleeping peacefully, found the pearly gates unlocked and climbed the stairway to heaven to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, July 30, 2020. He was born July 4, 1938 to Jose & Dora Rendon Garza in Port Lavaca, TX.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 5th from 10:00am-12:00pm, with a rosary to be recited at 12:00pm at Grace Funeral Chapel, 1604 W. Austin St. Funeral mass to be celebrated at 1:00pm at Our Lady of the Gulf, 415 W. Austin St., with Father Tommy Chen to officiate. Interment to follow at Port Lavaca Cemetery. Social distancing and mask are required. Honoring him as pallbearers will be his two heroes, his grandsons Zachary Gonzales and BJ Cardona; his favorite Uncle Frank Rendon’s grandsons, Frank Rendon, Jerry Rendon, Bryan Pattillo, and cousin Abel Rendon. Honorary pallbearers are Ricky Rendon, Edward Rendon and Lee Buchanan. Thank you Lee and Edward for the many hospital visits.

Joe was a man of integrity, believed in God and believed he could be a successful home builder. Joe graduated high school in 1956 and served in the Air Force.
He worked at Union Carbide and also operated his successful new home construction business, JRG Construction, with the help from family for over 40 years. His greatest joy was spending time with his family and grandchildren. He was most proud attending his grandchildren’s academic events and was their biggest fan at their athletic events. He is fondly remembered by his grandchildren by life lessons he taught them.

Zachary: I remember being at grandpa’s cabinet shop and working with him. I looked up to him and he taught me so much. He showed me character and to be responsible. He shaped me into who I am today. Grandpa I can’t thank you enough.
Precille: I was my popo’s Babydoll. I have special memories of him. I remember one evening I refused to eat my dinner and popo said he would call “Santa” to not bring me presents. I told him he didn’t have his phone number and before I knew it, I was talking to “Santa” and after I hung up, I ate my dinner. I will never forget my wonderful popo. He was my biggest fan in life. He taught me never to settle and to always be a better me.
Hannah: I always loved when we would show him our report cards and he would be so proud when we made good grades and rewarded us with $20. It made me always want to make him proud and do my best.
Haleigh: Grandpa showed me how to start drafting houses and this led me to become an Architectural Engineer.
BJ: I remember popo always being loving and greeting me with a hug or a pat on the back when he walked in the house. He always asked how we were doing in school. He taught us to always do our best in everything we did.

In December 1978, Joe met Pauline, the love of his life and they married on June 8, 1979. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Pauline Garza. Sons, Mark, Joseph, Oscar. Daughters, Velma, Elise, Joy (John Cardona). Sister, Lois Garza. Grandchildren, Zachary, Precille, Hannah, Haleigh, BJ, Alyssa and Rebekah. Great-grandchildren, Noah, Emma, Aiden, Jett, Blake, Leland and Aceson. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Reynaldo Garza.

Joe’s family would like to thank; Dr. Eliezer Castaneda, Dr. Mau-Shong Lin, Dr. D.K. Parikh, Dr. M.H. Sabbagh, Victoria Kidney & Dialysis Associates, Dr. Malik, Dr. George, Dr. Du, the staff and nurses at Davita Dialysis Clinic of Port Lavaca. Thank you to the wonderful nurses, lab and x-ray techs at Detar Healthcare Systems that were kind and caring like family during his many hospital stays and to Hospice of South Texas.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to OLG Capital Campaign or Davita Dialysis Clinic of Port Lavaca (361-552-3800).

And lastly, thank you to Coach Whitaker for bringing back the joy of Sandcrabs Football. Our dad always looked forward to watching his Sandcrabs on Friday night.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, August 5th, 2020 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Wednesday, August 5th, 2020 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Grace Funeral Chapel
    1604 W Austin
    PORT LAVACA, TX 77979
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rosary to be recited at 12:00pm. Grace Funeral Home is following the recommended health protocols in accordance with Governor Greg Abbott's issued Executive Order No. iGA-18 relating to COVID-19. MASKS ARE MANDATORY AND SOCIAL DISTANCING ENFORCED.
  • Service

    Wednesday, August 5th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Wednesday, August 5th, 2020 1:00pm
    Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church
    415 W. Austin
    PORT LAVACA, TX 77979
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Grace Funeral Home is following the recommended health protocols in accordance with Governor Greg Abbott's issued Executive Order No. iGA-18 relating to COVID-19. MASKS ARE MANDATORY AND SOCIAL DISTANCING ENFORCED.
    Father Tommy Chen


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Dr. Larry Garcia

Posted at 05:53pm
When he was in high school, Joe Garza worked for my Dad at RL's Town and Country Grocery Store on West Main in Port Lavaca. Later Joe became a home builder, and I recall vividly that Joe built homes to withstand any kind of weather event. Fortunate were the people that bought a home built by Joe Garza (more on this later).
Joe was also a hero in many respects, but one act stands out as notable. Joe was on a bus going to Port Lavaca when the bus hit a cattle trailer full of cattle. Joe quickly sprang into action, carrying out the survivors from the crash and tending to the injured passengers on the bus. Joe Garza was highly commended for his heroic actions, which saved the lives of many people on the bus.
But most of all, I remember Joe Garza for his humility, thoughtfulness, and elegant demeanor in his transaction with his business contacts and neighbors.
The last time I talked with Joe many years ago was when I needed a builder to build my home in San Antonio. Joe reluctantly said no because of the long commute to and from San Antonio.
Joe Garza was a good person, and on behalf of my brother, Eloy, I want to extend my sincerest condolences to the surviving members of Joe Garza's family.
God Bless.
Larry Garcia, Ph.D.
San Antonio, Texas

Paula Coleman

Posted at 02:51pm
My condolence to the family of Mr Joe Garza prayers go out to you all we will miss him from coming in McCoy with that great big smile

Wendell Washburn &Family

Posted at 03:02pm
Sorry for your loss. Joe was awesome man that will always be in my heart. He was such a mentor in my life.
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