OBITUARY

Roland Garza

December 8, 1969November 21, 2021

Roland Garza 12/08/1969 – 11/21/2021

Roland Garza, age 51, passed away on November 21, 2021, in Denver, Colorado, following a lengthy illness.

Roland was born in Lockney, Texas, on December 8, 1969, to Lupe and Guadalupe Garza. He grew up in San Antonio, where he graduated from Thomas Edison High School, and received an Associates degree from San Antonio College. Roland continued his higher education, graduating from the University of the Incarnate Word with a bachelors degree, and then earned a masters degree in counseling at Texas A&M University Kingsville, Texas.

Roland pursued a career in higher education, starting as a work study at San Antonio College. Following graduation, he worked in numerous roles at Alamo Community College District, including teaching, advising and working as a director. In addition, he led a program for helping at risk high school students complete their degrees, learn about higher education, and earn college credits, which resulted in numerous success stories.

Following his very successful 27-year career at ACCD, Roland moved to Denver, Colorado, and continued his career in higher education, taking a job at Community College of Denver. He returned to one of his passions in advising students and helping them to succeed in college. Despite his success, Roland never forgot his roots, and over the years touched countless lives with his warmth, love, and gregarious spirit. He believed in living life to the fullest, and enjoyed spending time with family and friends, loved to cook, ride his bike, and was active on many committees and with numerous charities. He also enjoyed movies, reading, and spending time at home with his beloved Labrador, Casey Cameron, and Sphinx cat, Terran Sky.

Roland is survived by his loving husband of 33 years, Dan Kadrovach, Jr., of Denver Colorado, his mother, Guadalupe Garza, his siblings: Carlos Siller, Olga Siller Guarjardo, Escolastica Siller Wolfe, Dina Siller Ornelas, Estefana Siller Strader, and Joseph Enrique Garza. He was preceded in death by his sister Esmeralda Garza and brothers Bernardo Siller and Evaristo Siller.

Service to be held at Littleton Cemetery on Wed, December 1.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Denver Dumb Friends League or Denver Animal Shelter.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.olingerhampdenmortuary.com for the Garza family.

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Suzanna Borawski

November 28, 2021

Roland made me laugh every time we would visit. He cared so much for his students, friends and family. The last time I visited him was when I went to a conference in Denver. He showed me the college where he worked and we had such a fun time hanging out in the city. Everyone that knew Roland loved him. Our hearts are broken, but we will always carry a part of Roland’s generous, kind spirit with us.

Peter Rangel

November 27, 2021

Roland was an amazing man. Simple and plain. He was an amazing man. His love lives.

Melissa Sutherland

November 24, 2021

Roland showed me the ropes and trained me in advising at SAC approximately 18 years ago. He was always joking and smiling and made work fun. He was a very special person who carried a lot on his shoulders. This world will not be the same without Roland and neither will heaven with his addition. He will liven up the place. I can picture him laughing and joking with no worries or pain from this world. I look forward to seeing you again in the future. You are loved and missed greatly.
Love,
Melissa Sutherland

Karen Pence

November 24, 2021

You always made me smile. I spent some time making this wonder woman head piece for you. You are my wonder woman.
Love you Karen

Karen Mitchell

November 24, 2021

I just love Roland! He is one of us! My parents included him as one of theirs too! He used to love to eat all that gross stuf w our mom!!! Heaven just got one of the best!

Martina Garza

November 24, 2021

My memory with Roland I'll never forget. One summer we went to go visit him in San Antonio. He lived in a beautiful gated community. Before leaving our visit we decided to buy some roosters to take home to Dallas, we took them back to Roland's. I had no idea they would crow so loud in the early morning. Sure enough they woke us up and the neighbors I'm sure. We got up so fast to go quite them up but couldn't so we left without saying goodbye. I was scared they would get in trouble for our mistake. It's so funny now.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY