Memorial created 01-30-2013 by
George Tony Garcia Jr
April 1 1946 - January 28 2013
A Life Well Lived
George Tony Garcia, Jr. passed on January 28, 2013 in Phoenix, AZ due to complications from cancer. He was born in San Diego, CA on April 1, 1946 to Mary and George Garcia, Sr. and was the fourth of seven children in his family; Georgia, Gloria, Betty, Maria, Louise and Anthony. George was preceded in death by his father, George, and sisters, Gloria, Georgia and Louise. He is survived by his wife, Kathy, sons, Cameron (11), Tim (45) [Danielle], step-son, Jason (42), daughter, Sheri (47), and grandchildren, Ashley (18), Alexis (16), Adam (8) and Austin (17), his siblings Maria Soto, Betty Garcia, and Anthony Garcia, his mother, Mary Hanny, and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
A Loving Family
George, Kathy and Cameron settled in Chino Valley, AZ ten years ago after a year of travelling around the Western part of the United States in their motorhome. George was looking for a small town with a country feel away from the "big city." Living in Chino Valley was what he was looking for. His time was devoted to his family: involvement at Cameron's school and boy-scout functions, day trips around Arizona, and the constant improvement of the home and property where they lived. George was NEVER one to be idle. Throughout his time in Chino Valley, the property evolved from a dirt lot with a house on it, to a warm, inviting home with park-like surroundings. George was always a very creative and visual person, seeing things "as they should be" and turning a vision in his mind to a certain and quick reality. Whether it be with adding an addition on to the house or re-landscaping the back yard, George used his creativity and his two hands to make it happen. He loved not only working on projects around the house, but also doing side jobs for friends, family and neighbors. Always a perfectionist, George was never satisfied until the job was done "right." He had a high standard for all types of work, especially his own.
A Man of Strong Character....AND Opinion
Everyone who knew George knew the things he was passionate about. Family was everything to him and he was devoted to his loved ones. Loyalty to family meant the world to him. If he told you he had your back, you knew you were in a safe place and could depend on his strength and resilience. His integrity was sacred to him and he felt that if a man didn't have his word, he didn't have anything. George was honest to a "T" and was not one to hold his tongue, or his viewpoint no matter the question or subject matter. Those who entered into conversations regarding politics, economics, the justice system, technology, and the United States found out fast how he felt and how he could fix what was broken. You knew where you stood with him...whether you wanted to know or not. That was a big part of his charm. Not having a filter allowed him the luxury of being true to himself, something I'm sure we could all learn from.
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