Andres "Andy" Garcia Jr., 57, of Grandview passed away after an extended illness Saturday, May 17, 2008, in Toppenish.
He was born Dec. 16, 1950, in Weslaco, Texas to Andres and Reyes (Cano) Garcia.
He spent his youth in the south Texas town, before moving to Grandview with his family in 1955. He attended school in Grandview and later earned his general equivalency diploma through Washington State University in the late 1960s.
In the 1970s, he married Jannelle Cardon and the two parted ways in the mid-1980s. In 1996, he married Gloria Gonzalez and after several years they separated.
He spent most of his life as a seasonal worker.
He enjoyed his time away from work by taking on different hobbies through the years. In the 1970s, he played drums in a rock band with his brother, who played the bass guitar. The band played various local gigs, including taking the stage one year during Grandview Days. He was also a voracious reader who enjoyed everything from fantasy classics by J.R.R. Tolkien to horror stories by Stephen King.
Later in life, he turned his attention to gardening, becoming a certified Master Gardener through the Washington State University Master Gardener Program. He enjoyed watching things grow from seed and he was someone family and friends could turn to for planting suggestions. He dreamed of one day building his own greenhouse and opening a small nursery.
Family was important to him. He loved family barbecues and was always the first in line to fill his plate. He enjoyed goofing around with his nieces and nephews and could often be found sitting with the children during Thanksgiving dinner. His dedication to his family also led him to spend nearly a decade caring for his late mother while she battled Alzheimers.
He was a loving son, brother and uncle. He was an important link in the family chain and will be greatly missed by everyone who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his separated wife, Gloria Gonzalez of Indianapolis, Ind.; two sons, Jeremiah and Elijah Cardon of Oregon; siblings, Cipriano Garcia (Sharon) of Toppenish, Juanita Hinojosa (Noel) of Grandview and Aurora Crone (Les) of Grandview; and nieces and nephews, Katie Witt, Elena Olmstead, Emma Hinojosa, Noel A. Hinojosa, Brian Ware and Brianne Drake.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Andres and Reyes Garcia; and brother, Gilberto Garcia.
Memorial services will be held Friday, May 23, 2008, at 4 p.m. at Assembly of God Church located on West 5th Street in Grandview. A fellowship gathering will follow at 1811 West 2nd Street in Grandview.
Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.