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Tirzo M. Valdez Jr.

October 31, 1947November 3, 2020
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Tirzo M. Valdez Jr., a Houston native, passed away on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at the age of 73. He was born on October 31, 1947 (he enjoyed celebrating his birthday with a big Halloween party every year). He was preceded in death by his parents, Tirzo and Maria Valdez, his two brothers, Johnny and Carlos Valdez, and sister Helen Alvarado. Tirzo is survived by his loving and devoted wife Mary Alice Valdez, his children, Sharon and Patrick, Katheryn and Michael, and Timothy and Melissa, his grandchildren, Sarah and Jason, Patrick and Azaria, Meagan and Jose, Mick, Brittany and Jordan, and soon to be born Thomas Leo (expected January, 2021), and 12 Great Grandchildren: Jaxton, Aurélie (lil Bea), Janiva, Alayna, Dominick, Merilynn, Zain, Penelope, Michael, Maximus, Tyler, and Claire whom he considered his biggest blessings and loved with all his heart. Tirzo is also survived by his sisters; Esther, Dalia, Belinda, Hovita, Velma, Gloria, and Rosemary.

Tirzo proudly served in the US Marines and the US Army 1st Infantry division from January 21, 1966 through June 25, 1971. Tirzo served in Vietnam and received the National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal with 2 bronze service stars; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal; Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, and a Sharpshooter Badge.

Our dad was such a hard worker and made sure his kids always got what we wanted (even if Mom said no). He loved to go fishing, hunting, watching the Pittsburgh Steelers, and loved to cook. When Dad would cook you would think he was cooking for the whole block, and he often was - he knew no stranger and welcomed anyone and everyone, and made sure everyone in his home felt like family. A family man in every sense of the word, his deepest passion was spending as much time as he could with his family and creating lifelong memories. There was never a time that he wasn’t inviting everyone over for a cookout for no other reason than spending time together. He was persistent about planning family outings and celebrations, having everyone over to watch the game – any excuse he could find to bring us all together. His grandchildren loved him so much that they would go with him on fishing trips knowing that was what their grandpa loved to do, regardless of whether or not they caught any fish they truly just cherished the quality time shared together and memories they made to cherish forever. These are the gifts all of us are most grateful that Dad left with us. The memories he created that we will look back so fondly on, share with our kids and grandkids about him, and cherish for the rest of our lives. We would love to hear the memories and see the pictures you have with our dad so we can cherish those as well.

We miss you so much, Daddy; we wish we had more time with you. Please look over us, protect us, and every now and then let us know you are here with us. And please especially look over mom.

MISSING YOU ALWAYS You never said I’m leaving, You never said goodbye. You were gone before we knew it, And only God knows why. In life We Loved you dearly, In death We love you still. In our hearts We hold a place , That only you can fill. It broke our hearts to lose you, But you didn’t go alone. A part of us went with you, The day God took you home.

We Love You Always & Forever

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Richard Heyduck

November 17, 2020

He was my friend. Over. 30 years. I just. Found out about his passing. I went to take him a bag of limes from my tree. And his grand daughter. Told me. I came back home. And cried I could not believe it. It knocked me too my knees I will so so miss my dear. Friend and. The talks. We had. I are in heaven. With. Angels. And God and loved ones. We will met again y dear friend. My heart goes out to Mary and all the children and all the grand baby's. RIP. U are so so very. Much MISSED.

Michael Wilcox

November 13, 2020

When Kathy and I first started to date I met Tirzo and the whole family at the family reunion. Immediately my kids and I was accepted and Tirzo always made sure to let me know that we are family. As time moved forward the bond that we had continued to grow. I enjoyed the fishing trip we went on and am especially glad I wasn’t thrown over like we all joked about prior to the trip. I will never forget the day that I asked you for Kathy’s hand in marriage and the excited response that you had, I barely finished asking before you jumped up and and said yes yes yes. I am glad you was there when I proposed to Kathy on our vacation and know in my heart you will be at her side when she walks down the aisle. I love you and know you are always with us.

KATHERYN VALDEZ

November 13, 2020

There are not enough words that I can say to describe just how truly important my Daddy was to me and what a wonderful and powerful influence he continues to be...

My Dad was a man like no other that I have ever met. He gave me a beautiful life, taught me right from wrong, showed me how fun it could be to work on cars, he nurtured me, at times shouted at me but then he hugged me, and there were days he fought for me. What I will always remember about my Daddy is that he loved me unconditionally. We have shared many awesome times together and had a connection that I have not noticed until these last few days that he's been gone. My Daddy was born in 1947, this year I turned 47. My daddy passed away at the age of 73, I was born in 1973. My dad passed away on November 3, my birthday.
I love you Daddy and I am honored to share and celebrate our special day on November 3rd each year.

A beautiful memory, clearer then gold,
of a Father whose worth can never be told.
There's a place in my heart no one can fill,
I miss you Daddy, and always will.

Gone but not Forgotten, until we meet again.
I love and miss you Daddy,

-Katheryn Marie Valdez


Meagan Valdez

November 13, 2020

Oh grandpa 💛💛 you left us and we didn’t get to say goodbye, but I don’t want to say goodbye. You left me with such loving memories that I will never forget. You would make shrimp just for me knowing I don’t like catfish, you helped me get my first car and the only question you asked was “where do I sign?”. You loved my kids so unconditionally that they didn’t even know and I won’t ever let them for get. I will show them all the pictures of you and tell them stories of when you would give them candy when I wasn’t looking. When they ask for you I will tell them to look to the sky and say “ I love you grandpa, I miss you”. You where truly an amazing man and I wish we still had time with you but I know god only takes the best and he was ready for you. I love you and I miss you.

Until we meet again 💛
Meagan Valdez

Sarah Howard

November 12, 2020

Grandpa, my heart aches knowing that you are no longer here with us. I was so lucky to have you and I’m going to cherish every single memory that you left with me. Thank you for spoiling me and for always being there. You have taught me so much and I pray that I will continue to make you proud every day. I’m going to miss your calls, your voice, your hugs, your kisses, your smile, your laugh, your beautiful eyes, and your unconditional love that I can still feel today. I’m so proud to be your granddaughter. You were the strongest most fearless man I have ever known. I was really praying that you would come home to us, but God called you Home and as much as I wish you were still here I know you will forever be with me, protecting me like you always have. I lost you, my lifeline, but I have gained my forever guardian angel. I promise to keep your legacy alive, not only in me, but in your grand babies and I promise to always take care of Grandma. I love you, I love you, I love you. Mucho mucho mucho. ❤️ Sarah, your babygirl forever

Jason Howard

November 12, 2020

Grandpa,
I love and miss you more than I ever wanted to imagine I would. Thank you for being my grandpa for the last 16+ years. My God it wasn’t enough time but I’m grateful for every minute.

Grandma, I know all the men that grandpa left behind will surround you with the same strength he instilled in us. I love you so much. I’m here for you forever.

Patrick & Sharon Hollenshead

November 12, 2020

Daddy, I miss you so much but I am so happy that your now free from all sickness you may have had along with the sickness we know you had. I stair up into the sky and feel your warmth coming down on me on a sunny day, the rain drops that I feel on my face when it is raining, looking into the dark skies seeing the stars flickering making me feel comfortable knowing that you are watching over us. I wish you did not have to leave us the way you did but I understand you had to go home up in heaven, your time here was up. I will alway cherish my memories when I hear a song that you like and photos I see of you. The grand-babies will know how great their grandpa is/was with all of the stories we have to share with them of you. I am going to have a few drinks to celebrate your new life daddy with all of our family up in heaven.
Until we meet again
I Will Always Love You Daddy

JOE REYNA

November 11, 2020

Words, Handshakes and Saying Goodbye…
I received many things over the years from my father-in-law, his kindness, sense of humor, respect, love, charm, his blessings and joy in his daughters, granddaughters and grandson among them with all his great grandkids and his Amazing Wife. I saw these in his eyes and I swear the depth grew deeper as the years passed. He set the Standards of A Great Man! Writing this, I’m finding these things are hard to represent in an article intended to honor my relationship with him and the ongoing depth of his loss in my life.
Besides, I’m pretty sure words don’t exist that would put the feelings in print.
Maybe it’s more a man thing, and maybe the best poets have figured it out. I’m not much of a poet and hiding behind the “man shield” has never been my thing.
Still, for me at least, some things I best experience wordlessly — not necessarily silently, but meditatively. As connected and dependent as we all are, these things simply belong to me alone.
Such was my relationship with Tirzo Valdez, my father-in-law, who peacefully passed and I know I will miss him and I know we will see him again in Heaven! Thank You for the many years in my young life and the many fun memories we had together in Hunting, Fishing, Sporting Events and Working together in our Careers.. Thank You For being there for my family..especially my kiddos!! Love You Wedo!! It was an Honor to be in your presence and A Honor to hear you say to me.." You Are Always My Son In Law" God Bless You And Your Beautiful Family! Amein!!

Eddie Esquivel

November 11, 2020

Great man and I was blessed to spend time with him. Good heart and we got along just fine. I'm sadden by his loss and please except my condolences to the family and friends. You will always will be remembered and honored as the man you are. Rest easy my friend 💔

Linda Cassata

November 11, 2020

Brother in Law
You will be sorely missed! You are forever in our thoughts. Gone but never forgotten.
Rest In Peace 🖤💛
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