Ernesto Gutierrez, Jr. was born on April 2, 1942, in Laredo, Texas. He passed away on January 23, 2020, in Garland, Texas.
Ernesto graduated in 1961 from W.B. Ray High School in Corpus Christi, Texas. He went on to attend Del Mar College for one year before enlisting in the United States Air Force. From 1965 to 1966, Ernesto served in Vietnam. He was honorably discharged from the Air Force and continued his education at University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) where he graduated in 1974 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Latin American Studies. Ernesto enjoyed a career in Human Resources with the Dallas Times Herald until the publication closed. He then enjoyed approximately 10 years with Blue Cross Blue Shield as a Customer Service Representative.
Affectionately regarded as "Papaw" by his children and grandchildren, Ernesto married the love of his life, Ida Gorham, in 1963. The two remained united in blissful matrimony until his transition.
He enjoyed many hobbies, including fishing and the outdoors. He was at peace when working in his yard and gardening; he took great pride in growing fruit trees. Ernesto also enjoyed sports, including hockey and football. He was an avid fan of the Dallas Stars and Dallas Cowboys.
He was predeceased by his parents, Ernesto Gutierrez, Sr. and Maximiana Castillo. Those left to cherish fond memories include his loving wife, Ida; daughters: Marina Swenson (Douglas), Diana Breedlove (Joseph), and Elena Gutierrez (Chris Pollard); grandchildren: Austin Freeman (Miriam), Amanda Blanco (Joseph), David Swenson, Brendan Breedlove, and Justin Breedlove; sisters: Julia Bookout, Lamar Hutchinson, and Concepcion "Toti" Elizondo (Camilo); and a host of other relatives and friends.
In Ernesto's honor, memorials may be made to NE Communities Relay for Life by clicking on the link below.
NE Communities Relay for Life