Sgt. Jose Luis Pena Jr. (Louie) was born on April 27, 1979 in San Diego, Tx. to Hermelinda G. Pena and Jose Luis Pena, Sr. He passed away Friday, August 9, 2019 at his residence in Houston, Texas. Louie was 40 years old. Louie was a 1997 Benavides High School graduate. After graduating he attended Del Mar College where he received his EMT/CNA Certification and Pre-Req. Shortly after, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served from 2000-2008. He was an Army 1st Battalion, 1st 133rd Field Artillery E/5 Sargent, with 2 tours to Iraq and Kuwait. 2001-2005 he worked for Gold Star EMS as an EMT/FTO where he helped with patient care and trained medics to made sure they were up to date on all skills. 2008-2010 he worked for Access Ambulance Service as an EMT/Dispatcher where he was trained for all patient care, employee scheduling and dispatch manager over communication. 2010-2012 he then went to work for Coastal EMS as an EMT/Dispatcher doing the same type of work. 2012- 2019 he worked at Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center as a Health Technician. While having a full-time job he managed to get his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration & Accounting from DeVry University even making the Deans list.
Louie was loved by everyone, he always had a smile, always gave a helping hand and he had strong words of advice for anyone that came his way. He loved spending time with his parents at the ranch overseeing the cattle. He loved planning surprise parties for special occasions. Music, dancing and taking selfies were his passion but his family was his world he loved them dearly. His all-time favorite NFL football team were the Houston Texans, he had season tickets and never missed a home game. Louie will be greatly missed by all his family and friends but will never be forgotten.
He was preceded in death by his boys, Dexter and Buddy Pena. He is survived by his parents. his maternal grandmother, Dora N. Garcia of Concepcion, Texas, one brother, Robert Daniel Garza of Benavides, Texas, four sisters, Melissa (Homero) Vasquez of Hebbronville, Texas, Hermelinda (Robert) Garza and Maria Isabel (Daniel) Gonzalez both of Benavides, Texas and Doris (Leonardo) Chapa of Laredo, Texas, His Best Friend, Thomas J. Andrews of Houston, Texas, His Baby Girl, Valentina Pena, numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews.
Visitation will begin on Friday, August 16, 2019 at 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. at Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home in San Diego, Texas located at 1016 East Gravis, San Diego, Texas 361-279-3213 with a Rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. that same evening. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 10 a.m. at Santa Rosa de Lima Catholic Church in Benavides, Texas. Burial will follow at the Benavides Cemetery in Benavides, Texas with Military Graveside services conducted by the United Veterans Burial Association of Alice, Texas. Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Homes, Inc. entrusted with arrangements.
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