Juan De Dios Garza Sr. "La Chiva," 73, died Saturday, April 19, 2008, with his family by his side.

He was born on June 29, 1933, to Lorenzo Garza and Consuelo Rodriguez. He grew up in Driscoll until he moved to Robstown.

At the age of 16 he met and fell in love with the woman he would marry, Estefana Soto. They were married on April 15, 1950.

They had seven children, Alma (Milton) Villegas of Corpus Christi, Juan (Yolanda) Jr. of Robstown, Gracie Garza of Chicago, Robert (Janie) Garza, Luis (Terry) Garza of Robstown, Stephanie (Manuel) Munoz of Chicago, and Anna (Fidel) Saenz III of Robstown; they also raised two granddaughters, Joanna Flores of Corpus Christi, and Delilah (Leo) Cortez of Robstown; other survivors include 18 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson; four sisters, Juanita Marquez of San Patricio, Rosa Castro of El Campo, Nancy Rodriguez of Idaho, and Consuelo Carrillo of California; and one brother, Lorenzo Garza of Corpus Christi.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Dolores Alvarado; his brother, Miguel Garza; granddaughter, Monique Munoz; and a great-grandson, Mario Vargas Jr.

He was a self-employed truck driver for 32 years. He also opened a local bar, "Garza Lounge." He enjoyed most his music, singing, cooking on his pit and relaxing at his rancho, and his love for the Lord, Mary our Blessed Mother, and St. Jude. He volunteered his time and devotion against abortion and participated for several years in pro-life processions all over South Texas.

A Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in the Ramon Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Mass was celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, April 25, at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Burial followed at De La Luz Cemetery in Driscoll.

Ramon Funeral Home Inc.