Gilbert M. Avila
8 December , 1978 – 7 July , 2019
Gilbert M. Avila was born on 8 December , 1978 and passed away on 7 July , 2019.
- Visitation Thursday, 25 July , 2019
- Funeral Service Friday, 26 July , 2019
- Committal Service Friday, 26 July , 2019
Gilbert M. Avila
26 July 2019
From a blessed pine nut sprouted
Gilbert Avila Martínez
in the rich soil of California;
where the noble giants grow
with their red trunks and hearts.
A magnificent pine, tall and beautiful
of generous spirit
where every creature could live
without rancor or prejudice.
His presence, a crisp forest.
His foliage, a blanket for the unhappy.
His laughter light as a creek
and would echo loudly through the trees.
This young redwood always cared
for his little pine cone,
where the blue jays sang to her
and the waterfalls soothed their bond.
His Mother Nature
proudly guards his essence
with our family, the loving woodlands
as he ascends into heaven.
He waits for all smiling,
rooting for his team and loved ones,
fishing dreams with our Lord
in Gos’s Lake.
Jadyn Aguilar Martinez
25 July 2019
When I think of Gibby, I think of all of the fun and laughs we had. We spent summers and holidays growing up together with our family, playing with our siblings & cousins, playing video games, having water fights, and wrestling.
Every time we got together, he’d love retelling stories of us, and every single time, we had such a good laugh. To this day, I have a small scar on my wrist from a harmless cut I got one time when him and I were wrestling, and every time I look at that scar, I think of my cousin Gibby and our ridiculous wrestling matches in Mama Carmen’s living room.
Last I saw him, he gave me a gift, something that he loved because it reminded him of those days, and he wanted me to remember them as well. That’s who Gibby was to me, someone that loved to give joy and have a laugh.
Gibby, you'll always have a special place in my heart (and on my wrist). We love you, we miss you, know that you will be remembered every day, and we’ll see each other again, in the end. Rest In Peace, primito, please give Granny a big kiss for me.
25 July 2019
My mom Cruzie and me MaryHelen will always cherish the visits we had with tio Sammy tia Carmen and the family. Gilberts laughter was contagious and always had a beautiful heart. He always talked about his daughter how much he loved her and wanted to see her. We danced twice at the Avila reunion and being the gentleman he was, he said to me, thank you cousin for the dance. Our hearts are empty, and sad his life was taken so soon. Let it be known that Gilbert loved his daughter so much, and now she will have memories of her dad and the father who loved her unconditional. Tio, Tia, Esther, and Jessie we pray for you to heal and comfort one another and the Angels to protect you.
We the Avila Family love you and are hear for you.
25 July 2019
Gilbert approached me with a smile on one of my gigs asking me if I gave keyboard lessons, and that he was interested in learning how to play . He’d drive to my place several times a month for lessons, bringing his keyboard and always calling ahead asking if I wanted anything. Our hourly lessons always ran well over that , as I enjoyed his easygoing company. He’d burn me CDs of songs and we’d jam side by side, it was a great time. We’d always talk about catching a Dodger game and him barbecuing. I got to meet his lovely sister Esther and his wonderful family, and he was always supportive. i’ll Miss you my friend, rest well.
24 July 2019
Our paths crossed in 2007 when I started work at IRIS International. It was all new to me and remembering names to faces was a challenge. Not knowing Jessie was your brother, I would always get the two of you mixed up. Call each of you by the opposite name. Eventually I identified you for you and came to know you. Over the years we became friends. Found that we would have similar stories to tell. We would check in on one another from time to time to see what new things are going on in our own worlds. We shared our trials and tribulation, joys and accomplishments. In the short time span of our friendship, we were able to get together now and then. Those moments are now memories. I was blessed to have cross paths with you. I will miss your jokester ways, your laugh, your words of wisdom. I wish we could have gotten together more than we did. I know you had much more to do and see, but what you did while here, you would always share the tale behind those crazy adventures. You will be missed with a heavy heart. You were a good person. Always looking out for everyone's best interest. Always willing to help anyone who needed it. Thank you, Gilbert, for approaching me at IRIS and becoming my friend. Upon leaving this world, you made an impact on many people, you had a large group of family and friends who all loved you very much. Rest now my friend. See you on the flip side! Until then, keep your watchful eye on us.
Your friend from the finance department. Alice
22 July 2019
I remember you and Jesse playing ball in the street and seeing you, Jesse and Clint sitting on the wall talking late into the night. We used to laugh and say it looked like “King Of The Hill”. You were an amazing help to us when we had to put our household into storage and was my “go to” muscle We enjoyed hearing your parties and karaoke. It was good to hear families having a good time
Charlie Marie Avila
18 July 2019
Not only were you my cousin, you were like a brother to me. From the best family reunion camping trip memories, to the hour long phone convos lol... You made sure I knew you were always there for me. You always said no one messes with my Charlie!!! LoL AVILA strong! It hurts to know I'll never see you or hear your voice again... my heart aches.... I still can't believe this and wish I never got that call. I love you Gilbert 💙 You'll always be in my heart and I'll never forget you. Rest with the angels cousin. Love you 😭🙏💙
18 July 2019
Gilbert is my brother. We will always be a unit forever. I miss you so dearly my little brother. I cannot describe the emptiness I feel knowing that I will not be able to share a laugh with you again. I have all of these memories going through my head. I see your face....hear your laughter....feel your presence. Your kind heart and humorous comments will be missed. We invented our own language...we played baseball...we parented together....we did everything together. I now have this major void in me that is just missing. A big part of me is gone. I am not looking forward to seeing you one last time. Wish you where here. I will do my part to succeed so that you are proud of me brother. You may be physically gone , but you will always live in my memory and thoughts and I dedicate my life to you. The most important thing of all is simply this..............."I Love You Gilbert", "I MISS YOU MAN!!". We will meet again and when we do.....I'll have my glove and bat so we can play some catch and take some batting practice. But until then Rest in Peace Gilbert. This is the hardest thing that I have ever been through. Love you Gil.
17 July 2019
Cousin Gilbert, I could never forget all the time we all spent every year at Robin's Nest skipping stones. For some reason now it seems Gilbert remembered every skip and every coin put on them train tracks, everytime I saw him he always brought those carefree days up. Wish those days could've lasted longer, or at least go back for a few hours. Things happen, I know, Gilbert, I'm gonna miss you so much. I didn't see him as much as I wish I could of, but I always thought of him and those childhood days, they really were some of the best times of my life, I can't and won't ever forget. Rest in Peace now Cousin. Love you and am going to mis you.
16 July 2019
Our cousin Gilbert will never be forgotten. It’s still very hard to believe that he is no longer with us. He was a good guy - very loving and caring to his cousins Alex, Alex jr., Greg and me.
Great memories of Gilbert playing little league baseball with our son, Alex.
One of my most fondest memories will forever be Gilbert always telling us that he looked like his cousin Isaac Avila. I can hear his voice now.
He will be missed dearly. Our deepest condolences and prayers for Uncle Sam, Aunt Carmen, cousins Esther & Jesse. God be with you & bless you all during this very difficult time of grief and sorrow. We love you all so much!
May Gilbert rest in eternal peace.
Cousins Alex & Paulette Avila🌹
13 July 2019
When I was little, I remember Gilbert lived down the street from my house. All I remember is he was over the house playing Nintendo. A few minutes later his mom came over so upset that he left his house on his bike and didn't say anything. He was in so much trouble. Years later Gilbert was one of the very few family members who would always come visit my brother Alex and myself just to see how we were doing. He will be deeply missed. God bless you Cuz. Rest In Peace.