Juan "Gabriel" Espinosa, beloved husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, friend, and hardworking member of the community, passed away on September 14, 2023, in his hometown of Sonora, Texas. Born on September 29, 1955, in Sonora, Gabriel was the son of Juanita Shurley and the late Guadalupe Espinosa.
In his early years, Gabriel worked as a foreman in the oil industry and also pursued a career as a rancher. His love for the land led him to establish his own tree and landscaping business. For the last 31 years of his life, he dedicated himself as a multi-skilled maintenance and repair worker for Sonora Bank.
Gabriel will be remembered for his loyalty and dedication to his family. He placed them at the forefront of everything he did and cherished his beloved wife of 50 years, Sandi Espinosa dearly. Their bond was unbreakable, and he consistently supported her with household chores and always made sure to lend a hand with preparing meals and keeping their home tidy.
One of Gabriel's endearing traits was his contagious, wheezing-type laugh that never failed to bring joy to those around him. He had an extraordinary talent for making the best eggs for his grandchildren and would often create smiley faces on them using ketchup. His love extended beyond the kitchen as he traveled all the way to Arizona to watch his grandson play baseball. Trips to Dairy Queen were also cherished moments shared with loved ones.
Conversations with Gabe were always filled with wisdom and insight. His ability to connect with people knew no bounds as he effortlessly made friends wherever he went. In his lawn business, he demonstrated remarkable responsibility and structure while providing meticulous service to his clients. The invaluable life lessons he imparted will be cherished by all who had the privilege of knowing him.
Though Gabriel lived a full life dedicated to work and family, he found time to indulge in his interests and hobbies. He relished in the simple pleasures of sipping beer on his back porch or under the shade of his cherished trees, often accompanied by a cigar. Cookouts and family gatherings at his mother's home brought him immense happiness. Gabriel was an avid fan of the 49ers football team and enjoyed watching Tiger Woods excel on the golf course. Taking care of his lawn was more than just a job—it was a passion. Weekend trips to Fredericksburg and playing games with his grandchildren provided him with precious moments of joy.
Gabriel took great pride in his accomplishments, most notably the love and success of his children and grandchildren. He marveled at the beauty of his wife, Sandi, whom he adored throughout their life together. He built a home where cherished memories were made, surrounded by a meticulously maintained yard that reflected his dedication and hard work.
He is survived by his loving wife Irasema "Sandi" Espinosa; son, Eric Espinosa (Tamye); daughter, Stacy Martinez (John); grandchildren, Sydne Robles, Sabian Robles, Gianni Kash Espinosa, Steven Robles, Sylas Robles, and Nicholas Ramos.; mother, Juanita Shurley; brother, Lupe Espinosa; sisters, Betty Lopez and Vivian Rodriguez, as well as numerous extended family members and friends.
Services to commemorate Gabe's life will be held at Love Funeral Home, located at 409 SE 2nd St. in Sonora, Texas. Visitation will take place on September 16th from 2:00 PM until 9:00 PM and on September 17th from 9:00 AM until 9:00 PM. A Mass will be held at St Ann Catholic Church, located at 311 W Plum St in Sonora on September 18th at 10:00 AM. Following the Mass, a graveside service will be conducted at Sonora Cemetery located at 516 N Service Rd in Sonora at 11:30 AM.
Juan "Gabriel" Espinosa brightened the lives of all who knew him. His joyful disposition, enlightening conversations, fantastic sense of humor, and easygoing nature endeared him to everyone he encountered. He will forever be remembered as a great listener and a source of inspiration for those around him. As we celebrate Gabe's life, let us remember the invaluable lessons he taught us and carry his spirit of love, dedication, and wisdom in our hearts. May he rest in eternal peace.