The world is a little darker without the light that Gerard Muñoz brought into it. Surrounded by his family and closest friends and with his wife holding his hand, he left us peacefully on June 11, 2022, as he transitioned from this life to the next.
Gerard, commonly known as “Gee”, was born on December 28, 1962, and grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas. He loved this city and never desired to live anywhere else. A skilled television producer and talented musician, Gee excelled in both crafts. He worked for Del Mar College for 33 years leading the team at Del Mar – TV. As a director, producer, scriptwriter, and editor, he always had a way to make everyone look and sound their best on camera. He always assured people that he could “fix it in post”, meaning he would edit the footage and make the interview flow and come together in the end. Through his years at the College, he shot thousands of hours of film footage and interviewed hundreds of people for different events. In the community, he directed film production for the Texas Jazz Festival, Feria de las Flores and the Y Women in Careers to name a few. He was extremely proud of his documentary on the Greeks of Corpus Christi and The Story of the Horn. His efforts did not go unnoticed and in 2014 he was awarded the Blue & Silver Staff Alumni award for his outstanding work. Since retirement, he has served on the Board of Governors for the Art Center of Corpus Christi – an honor he was most proud of.
We will miss his singing voice and talents on guitar, both acoustic and electric. He spent his last few years doing the one thing that gave him the most happiness ---- performing on stage. Reuniting with the band he and William Shull founded in the 80s, Diamond’s Edge has never sounded better. Performing alongside his brother Marty created a harmonious connection as musicians and siblings. His other brothers in Diamond’s Edge – Will, Rick, Jeff, Jamin, and Ryan will miss his presence and humble talent. The way he could shred that guitar with his own version of Van Halen’s Eruption was always amazing to witness. No matter how late a gig ended on a Saturday night, Gee was up early and headed to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church where he sang and played praise and worship for Mass with longtime friends Gracie and Bobby Mirabal. Gerard’s Catholic faith was such an important part of his life and guided all that he did.
Gerard’s life was full and blessed, but the biggest joy he had in this world was his daughter, Megan Rose. He dedicated all his love, energy, and feelings into making her life the best it could be. That is how Gee showed his love --- deeply, unconditionally, and forever. When Megan died in 2010, his strong faith in God carried him through the pain and loss he felt. There was not a day when he did not think about her or speak of her; she was always a part of him.
Gee met the love of his life, Benita, shortly after Megan’s death and together they built a beautiful life of love, faith, and joy. Because they met late in life, they jokingly referred to themselves as “oldly weds”. Gee loved Benita so deeply and unconditionally that she never wanted for anything. He always made sure she had everything she needed and went out of his way to keep a smile on her face. His last gift to her was the new home they recently moved into and while he is not here to physically enjoy it, his presence is felt there. Together, they enjoyed watching movies, cooking, eating, and documenting their love story on social media. It was evident to all who knew him how much he loved being a husband.
Gerard is survived by his wife, Benita, and her children: Luke Flores, Sarah (Ralph) Sanchez, and Charles J. McCrann. His “Big” sister Yvonne (Jim) Santa Ana and brother Martin B. Muñoz, III are saddened to lose their little brother. He is also survived by two nephews, Ryan (Celeste) Santa Ana and Todd Santa Ana. Four grandchildren are going to miss their Grandpa Gee: Serenity, Gigi, Sari, and Juni. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, and cousins who love him very much.
Gerard was preceded in death by his parents Martin B. and Connie Muñoz and his daughter Megan Rose Muñoz. They are all rejoicing in Paradise.
Special thanks to the nursing staff at Doctor’s Regional and Bay Area Hospitals as well as Brookdale Home Health Services.
In lieu of flowers, Gerard would love for you to support local musicians…that is where a big part of his heart was. In his own words, “Don’t forget to tip the bar, the wait staff…… and the band!”
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