Dr. Salvador Gonzalez of Oklahoma, formerly of La Pryor passed away on February 26, 2019 at the age of 85. He was born on March 14, 1933 in La Pryor, TX to Pedro and Elvira (Martinez) Gonzalez.
Salvador married Hortencia Gameros in Los Angeles, California.
He graduated in 1951 from La Pryor High School, where he was the class valedictorian. He attended the University of California Irvine School of Medicine and graduated with a medical degree in 1964.
He joined the U.S. Air Force and served for many years before returning to Uvalde and starting a medical practice. The family says he never turned down any patient and was a dedicated physician aways willing to provide medical care.
He served as a medical director for Uvalde Memorial Hospital, and later became the medical director for Vida Y Salud-Health Systems Inc. in Crystal City, a position he held for 15 years.
He retired in 2012 and committed his time to his ranch, where he enjoyed spending time with family and friends. The family says he could also often be found at a local golf course, attempting to hit a hole-in-one.
The family says he was a hardworking self-made man; he made it through life with dedication, strong will and determination to be the best he could be. He was a down-to-earth man with an adventurous spirit and he enjoyed throwing yearly parties where he provided food, drinks, and entertainment to help give back to the community.
He is survived by his daughter, Diana Mata and husband, Raymond Jr. of Uvalde; sons, Michael S. Gonzalez and wife, Laurie of San Diego, California, Dr. Vincent Gonzalez and fiancé, Diane Sweet of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Judge Daniel Gonzalez and wife, Blanca of Austin; sister, Enriqueta Lopez of Lake Elsinore, California; grandchildren, Paul Gonzalez, Victoria Gonzalez, Melissa Phillips, Gabriella Mata, Hayden Mata, Christian Gonzalez, Hailey Gonzalez; great grandchildren, Jeremy Phillips, James Phillips and special care giver, Mayra Torres of Oklahoma City.
He is preceded in death by his wife, parents, brothers, Teodoro Gonzalez, Severo Gonzalez, Ricardo Gonzalez; sisters, Pascuala Gonzalez Aviles, Petra Gonzalez Garcia, Otila Gonzalez Valdez, Alma Vara, Maria Gonzalez Smith; half brothers, George Gonzalez, Alejandro Gonzalez and Pedro Gonzalez
Visitation will begin on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at Rushing- Estes-Knowles Mortuary in Uvalde. A rosary will be held on Saturday and Sunday at 7:00 p.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary in Uvalde. A funeral mass will be held on Monday, March 4, 2019 at 1:00 pm at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in La Pryor. Interment will follow at La Pryor cemetery
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