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Jorge E. Gracia

Obituary for Jorge E. Gracia

November 21, 1944 - July 18, 2019
San Antonio, Texas | Age 74


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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