OBITUARY

Gabriel Alaniz Jr.

April 2, 1976July 26, 2019
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Gabriel Alaniz Jr., age 43 passed away on Friday July 26, 2019. Gabriel was born April 2, 1976 in Dallas, Texas to Gabriel and Adela Alaniz.

Gabriel or better known to most as Junior grew up in Mesquite, Texas and graduated from West Mesquite High School in 1994. In 1991 he had his first and only daughter Frances Rene Alaniz, fifteen years later had his first son Gabriel Alaniz III and a year and a half later had twin boys Jacob and Israel Alaniz. He was an awesome father who gave unconditional love to his children. Junior enjoyed coaching football and baseball for both his nephews and sons. Junior had a laugh that was undeniably contagious and a twinkle in his eyes that didn't go unnoticed. In 2014 he completed Police Academy and began his career as a Dallas Marshall. When he wasn't working you could find him outside cooking or baking things which he was very good at it.

Those left to hold cherished moments close to their hearts are his parents, Gabriel and Adela Alaniz; children: Frances Rene Alaniz, Gabriel Alaniz lll, Jacob Alaniz, Israel Alaniz; three sisters: Sophia Anders and husband Tony, Flora Muniz and husband Marco, Rosalinda Cantu and husband Gustavo; one brother Martin Martinez; seven nieces and nephews: David Anders and wife Hillary, Christopher Anders, Michael Anders and wife Shelbie, Billy M. Fitts, Juan R. Muniz and wife Jecenia, Edward D. Fitts, Naudia N. Cantu; seven great nieces and nephews: Kaden M. Anders, Maricella L. Muniz , Bentley D. Anders, Juan M. Muniz, Dawson C. Anders, Brady D. Anders, Ezekiel R. Muniz and a host of aunts, uncles, other family and beloved friends who tremendously miss him.

A visitation for Gabriel will be held Thursday, August 1, 2019 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Life Pointe Church, 1600 Griffith Ave., Terrell, Texas 75160. A funeral service will occur Friday, August 2, 2019 at 10:00 am at Life Pointe Church with a graveside service to follow immediately at Highland Memorial Gardens, in Terrell, Texas.

Serving as pallbearers are Officer Michael Anders, Sgt. Armando Tijerina, Sgt. Charles Paul Steele, Deputy Michael Perez, Deputy Christopher Cisneros and Deputy Joe Frank Thomas.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.dignitymemorial.com/anderson-clayton-terrell for the Alaniz family.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Officer Michael Anders
  • Sgt. Armando Tijerina
  • Sgt. Charles Paul Steele
  • Deputy Michael Perez
  • Deputy Christopher Cisneros
  • Deputy Joe Frank Thomas

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, August 1, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, August 2, 2019
  • Graveside Service Friday, August 2, 2019

Memories

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Claydia Root (Starling)

August 15, 2019

A memory from my childhood prompted me to look up the Alaniz family. I am heartbroken to learn the news of Gabriel’s passing. I remember him being such a sweet kid. My deepest condolences to the family for this loss.

Flora Muniz

August 4, 2019

Day by day I think of you,
How can all of this be true?
I can’t believe you’re really gone,
I still can’t accept it,
Even after so long.
Just the thought of you makes me cry,
I never even got the chance to say goodbye.
Every picture, every letter,
I don’t know if it will ever get better.
I always smell your familiar scent,
It makes me think of all of the times we’ve spent.
I know we didn’t always get along,
And every time we talked, it would always go wrong.
So many things I never got to say,
I never imagined you’d ever be so far away.
You were my brother,
And I loved you like no other.
In my heart you’ll always be,
You’ll be my guide and help me see.
I’ll never forget your soothing voice,
I would take your place if I had a choice.
But now I have to let you rest,
Although without you my world’s a mess.
I miss you with all of my heart,
I wish we never had to part.
I know you’re always by my side,
So for now baby brother till I see you again later. I love you forever your sister Flora

Cindy Hiegel Sloan

August 3, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Gabriel as well as Sophia and Rosalinda from McWhorter Elementary where I taught 2nd grade. What a beautiful, loving family. Still remembering Gabriel's mischievous smile. I know his passing has left a hole in your hearts. May God reach out with his healing grace.

Matthew Elliott

August 2, 2019

Gabriel may you find peace as you rest in the Palm of our Lord now. My condolences to the family. I truly hope his children find peace. It is always sad to lose another Officer. However, nothing ever separates us from God's love.
Amen.

Maira Ammerman

August 2, 2019

My heartfelt condolences to the Alaniz family. I didn't know Gabe very well, I would see him at the gym. He seemed to be a very kind person. Always smiling and pleasant to be around. I am sure he will be very much missed by all who knew him well.

Andrew Alaniz

August 1, 2019

Although I didn't know Gabriel personally, my heart is broken. Not only because of the loss of an Alaniz family member, but because two loving parents have lost a treasure, and a part of their hearts. You can tell a lot about a person by their pictures and what others have taken the time to say. Gabriel's pictures show his love of family, and his love of life shines through. The comments show that Gabriel will not only be missed by his family & friends, his love and spirit will be missed far beyond his hometown. I know words can not possibly give the comfort that is intended, but know that you are in our hearts and prayers.

Mom and Dad

August 1, 2019

Our sweet little boy, you were the light of our world. Our hearts will forever be broken. Our world will never be the same without you. We thank God for bringing you into our lives and for the little while we were together. We will hold on to our memories and to the love you left behind. Your life will continue within us. Daddy is going to miss the big hugs and Mommy is going to miss your sweet kisses. We will never say goodbye, we will only say “later”. We will see you again. The love we shared together, you will take with you. Mom and Dad will always love you to the moon and back. Later mijo, we love you so much.

Charlene Daniel

August 1, 2019

So sad to hear about Gabe! He was always smiling & happy when I would see him at the gym in the mornings. My heart breaks for your family.

Aaron Cortinas

July 31, 2019

My favorite memory of Gabriel is him being that sideline Dad at my niece Frances’ soccer games when she was younger. His laugh was something but hearing him “cheer” for frances was even louder! He was that overly cheerful father on the sidelines! I loved it! And I will never forget it! He was a great man, a great father, and will be dearly missed by many...I can just hear him laughing now as I think about it...rest in peace Gabriel

Andrew Hutchins

July 31, 2019

I had the pleasure of getting to know Gabriel at our apartment downtown. Gabriel was always smiling and in a great mood.
Me and my wife miss Gabriel very much. His family and and my brothers and sisters in Blue are in my thoughts.
We will always remember the good times we had with him.

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