Anthony 'Tony' Garcia



Anthony "Tony" Garcia passed away in his sleep at his home on March 14, 2009. He was 68.



Tony was born April 12, 1940, in Hollister, Calif., son of Anthony Joseph and Lillian Cecilia (Mattos) Garcia. He was raised on the family farm in Hollister, and graduated from high school in 1959.



In January 1960, he joined the U.S. Army, he served stateside with the 101st Airborne paratroopers he was also a military motorcycle policeman during his service. He was honorably discharged in 1964.



Tony moved to Medford, Ore., where he joined his father in Tony's Mobile Home Towing and Service. He learned heavy equipment and truck driving, and became a co-owner of the business, where he worked until 1973.



He later moved to Brookings, and was employed with the Oregon State Highway Dept. in Gold Beach. After moving to Gold Beach in 1985, he raised his youngest son during his high school years, 1985-1989. Tony retired in 1997.



He had attended the Catholic Church in his youth, and maintained a strong spiritual connection. He was a member of the N.R.A. and the American Legion.



He had a special appreciation for classic cars, especially 454 Chevys. He enjoyed being outdoors and delighted in spending time with his grandchildren. A favorite pastime was working on and improving his homestead which he nicknamed "the Garcia Ranch."



Tony was well spoken, kind and generous; and found joy in helping others.



He leaves behind three children, Anthony C. Garcia, Julie A. Garcia-Smith, and Santo Garcia; a brother, William R. Garcia; two sisters, Marjorie Bingham and Lillian Hill; and two grandchildren, Ryan Garcia and Samantha Smith.



He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Anna Marie Kessler.



A memorial is planned for Tuesday, March 31, 2009 at 5:45 p.m. at the Curry County Fairgrounds in Gold Beach, Ore. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.



Anyone who would wish, send a card or note with a favorite memory of Tony to Santo Garcia, P.O. Box 151, Gold Beach, OR 97444, or through email at santocn@aol.com.



Arrangements by Redwood Memorial Chapel.