Jorge E. Gracia

  • Born: November 21, 1944
  • Died: July 18, 2019
  • Location: San Antonio, Texas

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San Antonio, TX 78232

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Tribute & Message From The Family


Jorge E. Gracia, 74, passed away July 18, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas after a short courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born November 21, 1944 in Laredo, Texas to Catarino and Hortencia R. Gracia.

Jorge spent his childhood in Escobas, Texas, alongside his parents, siblings, and extended family. Jorge subsequently graduated from Holding Institute in Laredo, Texas in 1962. He began his college education at Laredo Junior College and then transferred to Texas A&I University in Kingsville, Texas. There, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education in 1967. After graduation, he was employed by Zapata County Independent School District and taught 4th grade for a year. He then moved to California after applying and receiving a scholarship to continue his studies at Stanford University. He obtained two Master's degrees: a Master of Arts (MA) in Spanish and a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT). After completing his studies, he went to work at De Anza Junior College in Cupertino, California in the Foreign Languages Department, where he worked until his retirement in 2012. During his career, he also worked with the Foreign Exchange Student Program and would accompany students to study abroad while also teaching Spanish. During the last year of his teaching career, he was nominated and honored by a group of his students at De Anza Junior College as Teacher of the Year.

Jorge had many interests and talents. From a young age, he was an avid collector of arrowheads. He also loved music and studied piano under the tutelage of Professor/Composer Felipe Aguilar in San Ygnacio, Texas. He enrolled in dance classes taught by Mrs. Altagracia Azios Garcia from Laredo, Texas and Mr. Carlos Moreno, from Oakland, California. He participated in dance recitals featuring Ballet Folklorico and Flamenco music. He loved cultural arts and enjoyed drawing and painting. He was also an avid reader and authored historical and genealogical family books and several fictional short stories. Jorge lived in Spain for an entire year at which time he met and became good friends with John Fulton, painter and one of two American bullfighters to receive the "alternativa", the ceremony in which a novice becomes a full matador in Madrid, Spain.

Jorge was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Sylvia Edna Gracia. He is survived by his spouse, Martin Gomez from San Antonio, Texas; his brother, Jaime Abelardo (Ruth) Gracia, from West Melbourne, Florida, and his sister, Ana Maria G. (Sixto) Sandoval, from Kingsville, Texas.

The family would like to extend its heartfelt gratitude to the doctors, nurses, staff and caregivers who provided loving care to him during the last few months.

Viewing services will be held on Friday, July 26, 2019 from 6-8pm at Porter Loring North Funeral Home in San Antonio, Texas, followed by a rosary at 8pm. Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church at 10:00 AM. Cremation will follow.


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Our deepest condolences to the Gracia Family and especially to Ana Maria. My parents spoke of Jorge very highly and enjoyed visiting him in California. May he rest in eternal peace.

Posted by Dahlia & Gilberto Gamez - San Antonio, TX - Classmate   July 28, 2019

Our condolences, thoughts, and prayers are with you and your entire family. Un fuerte abrazo para Ana Maria y Jaime Alberto.

Posted by Santiago Ramirez, Jr. - Zapata, TX - Coworker   July 26, 2019

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My deepest condolences for Ana,Martin and Jaime. It was very sad for me to hear about your passing..you will always be part of my family. We grew up together in Escobas closely knit like brothers. May God receive you with opens arms. May you Rest In Peace my brother....until we meet again....
Wallace and Maria Guerra

Posted by Wallace Guerra - Laredo, TX - Family Friend   July 26, 2019

My deepest condolences to all of the Garcia family. Although I knew my cousin Jorge for only for a short time I feel there was a connection because he knew my father, Rolando Pena, I will always remember Jorge. May God comfort his family during their time of need and may he Rest In Peace.
Sandra Lira

Posted by Sandra Lira - Mansfield, TX - Family   July 25, 2019

With deepest condolences for Martin and the family. Jorge will always have a special place in our hearts. With appreciation for all that he contributed to the Bi-Lingual Center and the Intercultural/International Studies Division. Aloha Nui Loa, Jo Ann Okabe-Kubo, retired Dicision Assistant

Posted by Jo Ann Okabe-Kubo - San Jose, CA - Coworker   July 25, 2019

My deepest condolences to the family, especially my dear childhood friend and classmate, Ana Maria. May the Lord give all of you comfort in knowing that he is in no pain.

Posted by MERCEDES GONZALEZ - ZAPATA, TX - Friend   July 25, 2019

Only knew you a short time but what a blessing you have been to us. Always remember that big smile and tender heart. You and Martin were such a wonderful couple.

Posted by Greg and Glenna Walker - Converse, TX - Friend   July 25, 2019

It has been a pleasure to have known you this lifetime . Thank you for taking wonderful pictures of the family thru out the years as well as your wonderful presence and big smile and wonderful story's u have shared with me . I'm honored you are my brother in law no let me say another brother you are to me . I will miss you forever and thank you again for all the wonderful memories.

Posted by Maria Diaz - Fresno, CA - Family   July 22, 2019

My thoughts and prayers are with Martin, Ana, and Jaime. Chocho : thanks for all the memories you provided our family especially your writings on my dad Romulo and times in Escobas. I Pray that God receives you in Heaven by the grace provided by our Lord Jesus....and thus till we meet again, Primo,

Posted by Romulo Rangel - Harlingen, TX - Family   July 22, 2019

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I knew Jorge from our grad school days at Stanford, and we remained good friends all these years. He was an inspiring teacher to all, talented in so many ways, and a kind and caring person. I will always miss him, his insightful sense of humor, and the great person he always was. May he rest in peace.

Posted by Leonor Delgado - Palo Alto, CA - Friend   July 22, 2019

I also taught at De Anza College and had the distinct pleasure of knowing Jorge for some years. He was truly a man of many talents and truly gifted. He was also a very good friend and will be missed by many.
David Robles

Posted by david robles - soquel, CA - Friend   July 22, 2019

One of the biggest blessing in my life was meeting Martin & You. Jorge, I will miss you dearly. May God bless and keep you until we meet again, my friend.

Posted by Dawn Pugh - San Jose, CA - Friend   July 22, 2019


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One of the biggest blessing in my life was meeting Martin & You. Jorge, I will miss you dearly. May God bless and keep you until we meet again, my friend.
Celebrating Dawn's Birthday June 6, 2016 at the Boiling Crab in San Jose, California.
My thoughts and prayers are with Martin, Ana, and Jaime. “Chocho” : thanks for all the memories you provided our family especially your writings on my dad Romulo and times in Escobas. I Pray that God receives you in Heaven by the grace provided by our Lord Jesus....and thus till we meet again, Primo,