OBITUARY

Mike G. Davila

June 15, 1954May 15, 2019

Officer Mike G. Davila, 64, attended his final party on May 15, 2019 in the comfort of his home surrounded by his loving wife and his two beautiful daughters flanked by his bedside, listening to his favorite music, reminiscing over the funny and memorable times like our childhood “room inspections” which were obviously influenced by his time in basic training.

My dad was born June 15, 1954 in McQueeney, Texas but was a San Antonio native and Edgewood graduate. Who knew he would discover the love of his life, Kathy Chavarria, at Lanier; his High School rival. Upon graduation, he entered the U.S. Army in 1973, with assignments in Ft. Hood, Germany, Korea, California, Pennsylvania, and Maryland where he retired as a Sgt. First Class after 20 years of dedicated service. I was fortunate enough to know the man in charge of the Army tanks. No other kids our age could say their dad let them ride in an Army tank. He earned so many cool dad awards. Aside from my dad, I have never known another man who would shoot a pump shotgun from the hip, but I guess that’s why his military honors included an Expert Marksmanship award.

The military would only become just another chapter in his life as he embarked on another 20-year career as a Texas Department of Criminal Justice Dominguez Unit Correctional Officer and member of the TDCJ Honor Guard. Here he found himself surrounded by people from all walks of life. Inmates and Officers shared a mutual respect for my father. He wasn’t just the lead interpreter, but had the ability to communicate and connect with top level officers all the way down to the most criminal inmates. Throughout his life, he was tough but fair and always treated everyone with the respect they deserved. As an avid runner, it was only inevitable that he stepped up to represent TDCJ Dominguez and joined the Law Enforcement Torch Run San Antonio committee. Over the next 17 years, his passion for LETR and Special Olympics Texas took him all over Texas fundraising and participating in all things Special Olympics, from Airplane and Fire Truck Pulls, Tip a Cop events, Polar Plunge, Bowling for Badges, repelling off the Milan building, to Cops on Top of Krispy Kreme, and his infamous Torch run events. He would remain strong till he fell ill this year. But don’t count him out, he took his last breath wearing his 2019 Final Leg Torch Run shirt given to him by a special friend who ran this year. Maybe now others will have their turn carrying the torch; he loved running with that torch.

And when two careers aren’t enough, he decided he would slow down and join the University Health System as a Security Ambassador where he would come home and gloat about the 18,000 steps he took in a day. He met hundreds of people during his short time at UHS, when he wasn’t raising a flag for the Life Saving Tree Ceremony, he was strolling around patients, or helping where he could because that is just the type of man he was.

So, when he wasn’t collecting Fiesta medals or everything Dallas Cowboys, he enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting, bowling, Texas hold’em, bingo, football pots, casinos, pool, darts, horseback riding, even playing golf on his phone. And somewhere between all the graduations, family celebrations, baptisms, and BBQ’s he still found the time to spend with us, lounging in the recliner and loving on his grandchildren whenever he could. He loved life, but most importantly he lived life. He served the Lord graciously. He was kind, quietly funny, honest and faithful man, dedicated to his wife and his family…all of his family. He was the type of man who kept his promises, his friendships were bonds of brotherhood to the end. His smile was infectious. If you met him, you’d remember him and if you hadn't, you'd wish you had.

He was an amazing servant, son, brother, uncle, godfather, and friend, but he was a remarkable husband, father, and Popo that will be truly and forever missed. You may have lost the battle here but now your flame burns eternally in Heaven.

Dad you have certainly carried the torch till the very end. You will be greatly missed till we meet again.

Mike is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Kathy Davila of San Antonio and his two daughters, Alice (Jacob) Losoya and Brenda (Bart) Herrera and; 9 grandchildren, Luke, London, Liam, and Leonidas Herrera, Ethan Conway, Junessa, Rose, Jeremiah, and Chloe Losoya. His father, Rodrigo Davila of Washington, his brothers, Frank and Bobby Davila of San Antonio, TX Rodney Davila of Washington, his sisters Yolanda and Rose Marie Davila of Washington, Dolores Vargas and Gloria Hernandez of San Antonio, TX and Alice Rodriguez of Galveston, TX, along with several nieces and nephews and relatives. He was preceded in death by his mom, Catalina Gutierrez and his brother, Rodrigo Davila Jr. The visitation will be held Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at Funeraria Del Angel Trevino Funeral Home, 226 Cupples Rd. San Antonio, Texas 78237 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with the Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. On Thursday, May 30, 2019 the Mass of Resurrection will take place at St. Rose of Lima at 10:00 a.m. A reception will follow at the church hall after the mass. A procession will depart for the Interment at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers please make all contributions to: https://www.gofundme.com/remembering-mike-g-davila

Services

29 May

Visitation

5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Funeraria Del Angel Trevino Funeral Home

226 Cupples Road
San Antonio, Texas 78237

29 May

Rosary

7:00 pm

Funeraria Del Angel Trevino Funeral Home

226 Cupples Road
San Antonio, Texas 78237

30 May

Funeral Service

10:00 am

St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church

9883 Marbach Rd
San Antonio, Texas 78245

30 May

Interment

1:00 pm

Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery

1520 Harry Wurzbach Road
San Antonio 78209

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Juan Olivares

May 24, 2019

Mr. Davila was a great and humble man. During my tenure at Dominguez State Jail he was always a very professional, sharp looking staff member whom was always very approachable and kind. At our Special Olimpics Fire Truck Pull we could always count on him cheering us on. This picture is the only memory I have of him before I departed my career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. You will always be remembered. Thanks for sharing your practical knowledge in our career and for being a great man with a great heart. My deep condolences to the Davila family and friends. God Bless and Rest In Peace Brotha.

Gloria Pina

May 23, 2019

Officer Davila was a great man. He was loved by many of us at work. Officer Davila is resting now and God needed another angle with him. I know someday he will welcome us all In heaven. I pray for his family and friends.

Raheem Tann

May 23, 2019

If i had a thousands tongues i couldn't speak of all the good things mike had done in the time i have known him. He was always there for you when you needed him last year for my birthday he was one of the two people that showed up to my Birthday gathering that meant a lot to me especially since I don't have family here in San Antonio. He was definitely a friend but to me more like a brother always had a kind word for you whenever he saw you no matter what he will be truly missed may God's blessing be upon his family during this hard time May the burden be lite upon you from this day on

Sandra Quintero

May 23, 2019

Mike was more than a brother-in-law. He was a big brother who always looked out for me. Always assuring me that he & Kathy would always be there...just call us. He would prove his word to be true when he took me into his home with all 3 of my kids...his godchildren!
I will miss you very much till we meet again my beloved brother-in-law, Mike.

Frances Davila

May 23, 2019

They say there is a reason. They say time will heal, but neither time nor reason, will change the way I feel. For no-one knows the headache that lies behind my smile no-ones knows how many times I have broken down and cried. Uncle Mike I will miss you so much.
My condolences to all who new my uncle.

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