The moment we take our last breath on earth. We take our first breath in heaven. On Friday, April 13, 2018 Mr. Esteven Gonzales took his first breath in the kingdom of heaven. Known to many as Coach G. Esteven was born in Falfurius, Texas on June 29, 1934 and raised in Benavides, Texas to Quirino Gonzales and Isabel (Alaniz) Gonzales.
An Army veteran of the Vietnam era and inductee to the Coastal Bend Coaches Association Hall of Honor. Esteven was chosen as Moody High School’s head basketball coach in 1972. Here he would lead the trojan basketball program for 16 years by capturing seven district titles and three consecutive regional 5A tournament appearances, thus solidifying an illustrious winning career record of 315-206. After retiring from coaching in 1990, Esteven continued mentoring young minds by teaching Social Studies at Moody High School. Finally, Esteven would retire from the school district in 1995 and settled down in Sandia, Texas. For over three decades, Esteven’s basketball passion created a service for others that manifested to his purpose in life. Esteven was an ambassador of the community and will be missed dearly by everyone who knew him.
Esteven is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Amanda Reyna, Refugia Garza; his brother, Juan Gonzales and grandson Raul Seguar Jr. He is survived by his beloved wife of 26 years, Olga (Aguilar) Gonzales; his children, Norma, Jesus, Gregorio, and Esteven (Jr.) Gonzales; her children, Prisabel, Joel and Jason Espurvoa; his sisters, Lydia Rosales, Irene Guerra, and Isabel Villareal; two brothers, Quinero and Jesus Gonzales; 17 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
His wife Olga would like to give a special thanks to the hospice service staff at Serenity & Grace for providing both emotional and spiritual comfort.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at Corpus Christi Funeral Home with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. that same evening.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at Most Precious Blood Catholic Church.
Interment to follow at Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery.