I am not sure who would speak at my funeral, I would like to believe more importantly that I would have a few volunteers that would want to honor me. I say this because I have always been the type to consider my actions and not close doors or make bad decisions that could affect my children’s future. My work with students too, I think my funeral will be like an open mic sessions, haha! If I were to die and my childhood priest was still alive, I would like for him to fly from Oregon to be my speaker, he knew my struggles as a child and I think he could give everyone the closure to why I have helped, why I loved art, why I love my family. He could tell everyone how much I loved them all. Now I think if I could have the perfect death, I would love to be with my entire family, to tell my grandchildren that I will be watching a to draw something for me. Its something that I do once and a while with them. Its hard to measure what I have given them. It is easier to say what I gave is what I never received. I use the reference that I am version 2.0 of my father and I expect them to be a better version than me, which is why I am also in school, to set the bar higher.
Attention! Steve Gonzalez, Husband, Father, Grandfather, Artist, and beloved community member has died. While most are sad, some of you may be happy. He wanted you to know that he never hated you or was mad at you, he just expected more from you. To him you were the example and if he knew you enough for you to get upset then it was because he cared. Steve Gonzalez took his job of Graduation Coach serious, he wanted to be the support you needed and didn’t mind being a father figure friend or mentor and honestly was humbled every time you thought of him like that. Steve was a member of the United States Army. He joined on the 4th of July as a Military Police officer and served for 5 years and was proud to be a part of a family and have so many wonderful brothers and sisters from his service in the military. Steve was preceded by death by his Grandmother Concha Gutierrez, Father Juan Gonzalez and Mother Ernestina Gonzalez. These people were important to him and help mold him. Even though Steve’s father was from Texas his mother was from Mexico, he considered himself first generation born American just because he appreciated what his mother did to come to the USA. Steve went to many places across the world but always wanted to make Adrian his home. Steve leaves a legacy of five great children. Four boys and one daughter and his beloved wife, including his only sister. You made my life have meaning and I would do it all over for you. You were my greatest pieces of art! What he is most proud of are his six grandchildren. He loved to hug them and tell them he loved them with a hug. He wants you to know that a hug means more than anything and its free. All are welcome to visit at the funeral home and are welcomed to speak, please console my family, they need you. One last thing… Thank you for needing me.