He was a graduate of Bethel Bible Institute and Logos Bible College, where he received his Bachelor Degree in Theology.
Pastor De La Garza was called into the ministry at the early age of 15 years old. For the past 10 years, he has been the pastor for Monte Del Olivar Christian Church, where he previously served as an associate pastor for 22 years. He also served as deacon, Sunday school teacher, president of the Men’s Ministry and counselor for young married couples. He was also a member of the Unified Pentecostal Local Churches Inc., where he served on the board of The Financial Revision Report Commission.
Pastor De La Garza had many friends, always seeing the good in everyone. He was always eager and ready to give them the word of the God. He preached on having a relationship with the Lord instead of a religion. He will greatly be missed by all whose lives he impacted. He was a wonderful pastor, husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.
Pastor De La Garza is survived by his wife of 35 years, Diana Rincon De La Garza; two daughters, Barbara (Joe) Gonzales and Giovanna De La Garza; four grandchildren, Uriah Gonzales, Savannah Gonzales, Isaiah Gonzales, and Taylor Cano, all of Beeville; three brothers, Jose (Florinda) De La Garza of Hereford, TX, Eleazar (Julia) De La Garza of Anton, TX, and Refugio Jr. (Erminia) De La Garza of Plainview, TX; three sisters, Maria Aurora (Ramon) Everett of Floydada, TX, Oralia (Jose) Everett of Sudan, TX, and Leonor (Jesse) Castillo of Hereford, TX.
He was preceded in death by parents, grandparents and one brother.
Visitation was held from 1-9 p.m. Friday, January 27, 2012, at Monte Del Olivar Christian Church with a prayer service at 7 p.m. that evening. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 28, 2012, at Monte Del Olivar Christian Church with Dr. Santiago (Jimmy) Longoria officiating. Interment followed at Glenwood Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Joe Gonzales, Mark Rincon, George Cano Jr., Jeremy Everett, Jamie De La Garza, Jeffrey De La Garza, David Cruz and Richard Guerrero.
Honorary pallbearers were Balde Guerrero, Joe Cano, George Cano Sr., Dale Switzer, J.R. Martinez, Richard Segovia, Jim Henshall, Bill Freeman and Israel Segovia.
Angelus Funeral Home