September 27, 1929 – October 3, 2020
Armando Alfonzo Gutierrez, age 91, of Mesquite, Texas, passed away Saturday, October 3, 2020.
The youngest of 6 children, Armand was born to Amado Gutierrez and Guadalupe Ontiveros in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1929.
Armand volunteered for military service during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1954; he received his J.D. law degree from Loyola University, New Orleans, Louisiana in 1952 and went on to attend JAG school in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Armand spent the majority of his legal career employed at the Placid Oil Company in Dallas, Texas. He and his wife, Pauline, raised eight beautiful children. Armand and family were members of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Dallas, Texas for over 30 years where he was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Armand was an avid collector of model trains all of his life and was involved with the Texas Model Railroad Club. Using his artistic talents, he created many dioramas, hand crafting buildings and scenery. He spent many years (1967-2008) with the FCC Amateur Radio club and collected postcards from radio operators all over the world. He also enjoyed using his computer and other electronics, and collecting clocks, watches and radios of all kind.
Armand had such a kind and charitable heart and was always lending support for those less fortunate.
He is survived by his beautiful wife of 16 years, Catherine H. Gutierrez and her four children. Cathie and Armand met while ballroom dancing and continued to do so weekly, for many years. They also enjoyed traveling, mostly by cross country trains and cruise ships. They were faithful attendees of the Mesquite Senior Center where they made many friends whom they entertained with their sense of humor and kindness to all they encountered.
He is also survived by seven of his children: Susana McDowell of Mesquite Texas; Maria Albright and husband, Pat Noll of Tyler, Texas; Paul Gutierrez and wife, Mary Ellen Gutierrez of Wichita, Kansas; Eddie Gutierrez and wife, Mitzie Gutierrez of Crandall, Texas; Margaret Rose and husband, John Hatfield of Dallas, Texas; Patrick Mitchell and wife, Tami Mitchell of Everett, Washington; John Gutierrez and wife, Kathleen Gutierrez of Coppell, Texas.
Also by his 23 grandchildren: John Daniel Gutierrez, Jason Gutierrez, Ricky Lopez, Alex Lopez, Steven Albright, Andy Albright, Jessica Albright Rivera, Christopher Gutierrez, Alison Gutierrez, Kady Cupp, Austin Gutierrez, Rio Gutierrez, James Holacka, Joey Holacka, Corey Rose, Kaleigh Mitchell, Bethany Mitchell, Nicholas Gutierrez, Michael Gutierrez, Elizabeth Gutierrez, Mary Claire Gutierrez, Noah Gutierrez, and Joshua Gutierrez; 14 great grandchildren; and 1 great-great grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his lovely wife of 52 years, Pauline Hoffman Gutierrez; his son, Armand Gutierrez, Jr. of Seattle, Washington; his parents, and his brothers, Amado, Jr. Gutierrez, George Gutierrez, Ralph Gutierrez, and Gilbert Gutierrez, and sister, Aida Gutierrez Rodriguez.
Family and friends are invited to attend Visitation Service and Reception on Friday, October 9th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Sparkman-Crane Funeral Home, 10501 Garland Rd., Dallas TX 75218 (214.327.8291). Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 10th at 11:00am at Sparkman-Crane Funeral Home, 10501 Garland Rd., Dallas TX 75218 (214.327.8291) followed by a Graveside service at Sacred Heart Cemetery, 3900 Rowlett Rd., Rowlett, TX 75088 (972.412.0660).
Live-streaming services will be provided through Facebook Live.
To leave an online condolence and share memories, please visit our website at www.sparkman-crane.com
Please note: Social Distancing will be maintained; masks and hand sanitizer will be available.
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October 10, 2020
Thank you for allowing my parents, my children and I to be a part of your living legacy ! We will never forget the historical train room and of course how you always encouraged Ronnia and Professor Stanley to go to the library & read. The computer literacy! Did I mention your watch fixing skills ? The picture taking ? They are just memories now, but they are such fond memories. Little did I realize that our lives were soon to be entwined in ways I could have never imagined. Go well Armand. You fought a good fight sir. We will miss you. Deepest sympathies to your family and loved ones.