Gregory "Greg" Gonzalez Sr., 80-year-old beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, and uncle, passed away September 6, 2021. He was born on December 3, 1941, to Guadalupe and Margarita Gonzalez in Calexico and raised in Corralitos, California.
After graduating from Watsonville High School 1960, Greg enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served an honorable career from June 3rd, 1964, to 2001. During his years of service, he received the National Defense Service Medal, Expert (Rifle M-14), Parachutist Badge, U.S. Information Agency Award, Sharpshooter (Rifle M-14) and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. Greg was a prideful paratrooper who applied the leadership skills learned in the Army to his personal life. He continued his service in the National Guard while beginning his working career at the Santa Cruz County Bank (Data Processing Center). He then worked for PVUSD as a custodial serviceman and a campus supervisor and computer technician at WHS. Greg eventually became a self-employed Income Tax Preparer.
He lives in the hearts of his wife of 50+ years, Maria "Chuyita", children Sylvia (Peter), Elvia (Mike), Gregory Jr., Oscar (Mary), Mirella (Juan), and nephew Martin who he raised as his own. He leaves behind 17 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, and 7 siblings.
His loving nickname was "Mr. G", given to him by his son in-laws and all the people that got to know him on a personal level. He is reunited in heaven with his parents, and siblings Violet, Mario, and Marina.
Mehl’s Colonial Chapel will host a visitation and Chapel Blessing at 5pm and rosary at 7pm Friday September 17, 2021. Military Burial will proceed on October 1, 2021, at California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery in Seaside.
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