GONZALES, Natividad Padilla Natividad Padilla Gonzales, age 98, passed away on February 1, 2017 in Dallas, Texas, in his home as he desired, surrounded by his loving family. A beloved father, grandfather, great- grandfather, uncle, and husband, "Nathan", as he was affectionally known, was a man of great compassion, integrity, focus and a tour-de-force whose death seemed premature given that everyone expected him to live forever. Nathan was born in Waco, Texas to the late Eulalio and Mary Padilla Gonzales on May 19, 1918. He attended Crozier Tech High School, Southern Methodist University and the University of Texas at Arlington working for various corporations as an industrial engineer until his retirement. Nathan proudly served in the United States Air Force, 20th Air Force combat unit, where he was deployed to the Pacific Theater during World War II, working throughout the India, China and Burma theaters until the end of the war. He was honorably discharged as a Corporal receiving the American Theater, EAME and Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbons, Victory and Good Conduct Medals as well as two Overseas Bars for his contributions to his country during this time. Nathan was an active member of the United Methodist Church, having attended Oak Lawn United Methodist Church, White Rock United Methodist Church ultimately making First United Methodist Church of Dallas his final church home. His love for music was the foundation for his involvement in church choir for many years, also having served in various leadership roles on the Finance Committee and the Aldersgate Class at First United Methodist Church of Dallas. He was also an active leader within the Boy Scouts of America and engaged volunteer with the North Texas Food Bank. Nathan is preceded in death by his first wife Esther Carrillo Gonzales and his second wife Nancy Porter Gonzales. Nathan is survived by his children David Lionel Gonzales and his wife Jane; Deanna Alexis Stone; Randall Porter; James H. Raines; Gayle Raines; David Raines. Also surviving Nathan are his grandchildren, Paul Dahl Stone II, Brice Harrison Gonzales, Vance Wesley Gonzales, Lauren Elizabeth Gonzales, three great grandchildren, close family friend, Rhonda Norton, as well as many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Sunday, February 19, 2017, at Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home & Memorial Park, 7405 West Northwest Highway, Dallas, Texas. A Celebration of Nathan's Life will be held Monday, February 20th at 10:00 a.m., Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home with the Reverend Lindh officiating. Burial will immediately follow the service. In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions in memory of Nathan Gonzales may be made to the FirstFoundation endowment fund of the First United Methodist Church of Dallas. The Gonzales family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to the VNA of Texas for their compassionate and loving hospice care for Nathan delivered with the dignity, respect and peace that he so deserved.
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