Graciano B. Gonzales, Jr.
3/11/1953 - 9/22/2021

Graciano "Rocky" Gonzales, Jr. of Lubbock passed away on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at the age of 68. He was born March 11, 1953 in Lubbock to Grasiano and Guadalupe (Barela) Gonzales. Graciano joined the Marine Corp in 1974, serving until 1976. He received the Rifle Expert Badge and National Defense Service Metal, as well as the Good Conduct Medal. After honorable discharge he worked as an auto mechanic in South Carolina for several years. When returning to Lubbock, Graciano worked for Texas Tech University as a mechanic until retiring. He was of the Catholic faith.

Those left to cherish his memory are his children, Melissa Suniga and husband Carlos and Chris Gonzales and wife Laura Ortega, all of Lubbock, and Mark Gonzales and wife Lauren of Irmo, South Carolina; stepchildren, Raymond Hernandez and wife Becky, Laura Gonzales and husband Tony, and Michael Hernandez, all of Lubbock; eight siblings; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Graciano was preceded in death by his parents and wife of more than 30 years, Erminia that passed away in 2006.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

 

 

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