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Pat H. Foley & Company

1200 West 34th Street, Houston, TX

OBITUARY

David "Moochie" Esparza III

January 5, 1976March 4, 2020
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David "Moochie" Esparza III, age 44 passed away on Wednesday March 4, 2020. "Moochie" was born January 5, 1976 in Houston, Texas. He has now joined his grandparents, his uncle Michael, and his aunt Irene in heaven.

He is survived by his mother - Martha, his father - David, stepmother Dominique, sister - Ilia, brother in law - Gordon, wife - Kathryn (Katie), his children - Austin and his girlfriend Cassidy, Timothy, and Emma - and their mother Alison. He has an abundance of brother and sister in laws, cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends that also survive him.

A visitation for "Moochie" will be held Monday, March 9, 2020 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Pat H. Foley & Company, 1200 West 34th Street, Houston, Texas 77018. A recitation of rosary will occur Monday, March 9, 2020 at 7:00 PM, 1200 West 34th Street, Houston, Texas 77018. A funeral service will occur Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 10:00 AM, 1200 West 34th Street, Houston, Texas 77018. A rite of committal will occur Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Historic Hollywood Cemetery, 3506 N Main St, Houston, Texas 77009.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.pathfoleyfuneraldirectors.com for the Esparza family. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to the American Diabetes Association or the National Blood Clot Alliance.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, March 9, 2020
  • Recitation of Rosary Monday, March 9, 2020
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, March 10, 2020
  • Rite of Committal Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Memories

David "Moochie" Esparza III

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Sandra Cantu

March 16, 2020

Moochie,

I miss you and will always love you ..I remember when you were in the 5th grade and told your class that you had the video of the Houston Rockets singing their Rocket Strut song and I had to go buy the Video .. You were a blessing and will always remember you yelling me too because you wanted to go home with us .. You were the brightest light full of laughter and jokes..May you continue to shine through your children and shine bright for Katie ... Love you Auntie Sugarrrrr

David Esparza

March 11, 2020

You're in my heart, you're in my soul
You'll be my breath should I grow old
You are my love, you're my best friend
You're in my soul

I'm been singing this and will continue. Crying not helping.
I miss him so much.

Clark Harrison

March 10, 2020

I’m so sad to hear this news. I met David in the early 90’s by playing basketball at the house of a mutual friend. Every day we gathered at our friends house to shoot some hoops. I got to know his family and have always thought highly of them. Even though we eventually moved away and lost touch, I often reminisce about all the great times we had together. David was such a good young man, and a tough competitor, too. It just really breaks my heart that he left this world so soon. To his family, I miss you guys and will pray for all of you during this difficult time.

Alfredo (Freddy) Esparza

March 10, 2020

I wanted to share another memory of Moochie! I remember my dad coming home saying boys get ready! We are going to your Uncle David's for dinner - Moochie will be there. My Tio David would sit all of kids by the floor console TV and put on Star Wars to entertain us until dinner was ready. Moochie and I couldn't sit still and we always managed to get in trouble lol .. as I'm thinking about today we lay Moochie to his final resting spot, I realized it's my brother Joshua's birthday.... give him a hug for me Moochie.

Angela Smith

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Denise Jimenez

March 9, 2020

One of our favorite pics of my baby girl with her uncle cousin Moochie. Love ya primo.

David Esparza

March 8, 2020

My Boy

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Biography

When David Esparza III walked into a room, those in his company felt his energy and his comfort and his warmth. This was just one example of who Moochie was and how he impacted those around him. Moochie was a clever and gregarious person who always sought out the finest attributes in other people. It was as if Moochie wanted to share all of their experiences, revel in their lives and celebrate their discoveries. Mooch had boundless enthusiasm that would serve him well throughout his life.

      David was born on January 5, 1976 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Houston, TX. He was the son of David T. Esparza, Jr. and Martha Jimenez Esparza. He was raised in Houston, TX. Always at the ready with a good joke, he grew up to be quite a humorous person. While some who knew Moochie might describe him as an idealist, his friends and family understood well that Moochie was always in pursuit of life’s endless possibilities and opportunities available to him.

      Moochie was raised with one younger sister, Ilia Yvette who he named and helped to raise. Mooch was very accepting and supportive of his family. He was perceived as the central person in his family in terms of keeping communication open between the family members. Whenever discord or tension arose within the home, Moochie was typically the member who brought about resolution and harmony. These traits served Moochie well in his adult life and, along with his wit, outgoing personality, and understanding of others, drew the admiration of many who knew him.

      As a young boy, Moochie was able to empathize and identify with a vast array of people and personality types. This quality drew him into a diverse group of friends and acquaintances. Moochie was intelligent and had little trouble getting along with his peers. He was almost always the first to jump in when it came to playing games or participating in other childhood activities. Moochie took part in football, baseball, and basketball. In his spare time he liked video games, cooking, swimming, watching soap operas and movies, and playing army. Moochie's memorable achievements include numerous trophies and winning a basketball championship at 14. Moochie had the ability to find amusement with almost any activity he and the many childhood friends he shared might discover.

      During his high school years, Moochie responded enthusiastically to any new project and was regularly in search of one adventure after another. He graduated from Jersey Village High School in 1994. Moochie was a very good student, and generally did well in his courses. Moochie absorbed as much as he could from all of his teachers and was consistently able to tackle conceptual and abstract problems, using his imagination to master his assignments. For Moochie, school often became just an extension of playtime, thanks to his ability to turn just about anything into a game. Classmates considered Moochie a good listener, knowing that when necessary, they could go to him to discuss just about anything. His favorite class in high school was photography and football. He lettered in football and played varsity football his sophomore year.

      David attended college off and on during his life and did well in his classes but never quite finished. Moochie was very adaptable, a quality that helped him make the transition from high school to college with little difficulty. As a result, Moochie's problem solving skills and thirst for new knowledge almost guaranteed that he enjoyed virtually every class he took. Moochie was always in quest of new things to learn and experience

      With a talent for making acquaintances easily which in turn brought him an endless stream of friends, Moochie was very sociable and could blend without effort into any social group. Outgoing, Moochie was easy to know and demonstrated a deep concern for others. He always seemed aware of what was going on with people around him and throughout his life he made many, many friends. While growing up, some of his best friends were Nathan, Randy, Paul, and his cousins John and Little Louis. Later in life, he added Mike and Jake to his list of close friends.

      May 10, 1997, David married Alison June Leech at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church. High school sweethearts, they welcomed three beautiful children into their marriage. Even after their divorce in 2008, they remained close friends and co-parented their children with love. On July 13, 2013 Moochie married Kathryn Alaine Clark at St. Matthews Catholic Church of Houston, TX. Moochie's skill at “building bridges” played an important role in his ability to make his new family happy. Moochie was tenderhearted and sensitive, qualities that served him well in helping to nurture his family.

      Moochie was a natural and creative parent who was willing to provide his family with all sorts of new and interesting experiences. For Moochie, parenting was a particularly enjoyable and pleasurable part of his life. Moochie's skill at understanding his children's feelings, his sensitivity to their needs, and his gift for gentle persuasion enabled him to find novel solutions to any problem or situation that might crop up. Moochie was blessed with three children: two sons Austin Michael and Timothy David, and one daughter Emma Gabrielle.

      Moochie was uplifted by new ideas and was excited by life’s possibilities, traits that made him an exceptional worker. His primary occupation was inside sales. Moochie had the uncanny ability to identify a win/win solution to just about any problem, possibly because of his gift for insight. Moochie's fellow workers saw him as a supporter, mentor, a hard worker, but also cut-up, someone who made work fun and enjoyable.

      Because Mooch loved to have a broad variety of activities in his life, he took advantage of the opportunity to pursue numerous hobbies. His favorite pursuits were cooking, finding new local eats, watching anything sports related (except movies), shopping, especially with his mother, and reading Dan Brown books. However, Moochie's ever-present concern for others always took precedent.

      Moochie derived much satisfaction from participating in and watching sports. His charisma, supportive nature and ability to improvise when called upon to do so all made perfect attributes for enjoying a great many sporting activities. In high school, Moochie played football. Recreational sports included golf. Moochie was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were football (Go Cowboys!), baseball (Go 'Stros!), basketball (Rockets), and soccer (Let's go Dynamo!).

      Moochie's love of improvising in his daily life was a perfect fit for his enjoyment of traveling. His favorite vacations were ones that were not planned. Traveling in a casual manor fit his personality well. Excited about seeing changing scenery and constantly looking for the enjoyment life could offer, Moochie took his vacations seriously, well, as seriously as he possibly could. Favorite vacations included his trips to Cowboys games, family trips to the hill country, trips to New Orleans, and trips to visit his sister in Austin.

      Moochie was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. Scrappy, a terrier mix, was a best friend for 6 and a half years. His family was rounded out by his other dog Madison and his two cats, Clara and Rock. He's joining his former pets - Sam, Mr. Grace, and others - over the rainbow.

      Moochie Esparza passed away on March 4, 2020 at HCA North Cypress Hospital. Mooch had dealt with blood clot issues for several years. He is survived by his wife Kathryn, children Austin, Timothy, and Emma; his sister Ilia and brother in law Gordon. Services were held at Pat H. Foley March 9th and 10th. Moochie was laid to rest in Historic Hollywood Cemetery in Houston, Texas March 10th.

      There was always a certain style and inventiveness to Moochie. He was a dynamic, self-expressive person who was forever looking to celebrate the endless possibilities life had to offer. He had a knack for being clever, creative and witty, and for others, was a joy to be around. It seemed as if many others looked to Moochie Esparza for inspiration, leadership, wisdom and even courage. Moochie was always more than willing to share life’s experiences with his loved ones.