Valentin M. Gonzalez
Valentin M. Gonzalez Oxnard, CA Passed away on January 2, 2017 with his family by his side at the age of 66. Valentin was born February 14, 1950 in Juarez, Mexico and raised in Artesia, New Mexico. He was the oldest of 6 children: Connie Hernandez and her husband David, Felix Gonzalez, Eduardo Gonzalez and his wife Gayle, Salvador Gonzalez and his wife Eva, and Adela Gonzalez Saenz who preceded him in death in 1972. His parents, Felix and Maria Gonzalez also preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife of 45 years Bertha Sanchez Gonzalez, and his children Claudia Talmage and her husband Greg, Laura Gonzalez, Michael Gonzalez and his wife Ruth, Daniel Gonzalez and his wife Ruth and his grandchildren Gregory Lynn Talmage III, Talia Lee Talmage of Washington State. Valentin graduated from Artesia High School, home of the mighty Bulldogs, in 1969 and came to Oxnard shortly after. A man of many talents, he had different occupations throughout his life. Most notably, he worked as a machinist for the aerospace companies Abex and Parker for over 20 years combined. Baptized in 1982, Valentin was a devoted Jehovah's Witness and loved to spend his mornings preaching the good news in his community. After suffering a severe stroke in February of 2015 and spending a month in inpatient rehabilitation, he was discharged from St. John's hospital and went back to his regular routine of preaching the good news. His favorite and frequently quoted scripture was Proverbs 27 verse 11 "Be wise, my son, and make my heart rejoice, so that I can make a reply to him who taunts me." He enjoyed starting his mornings reading his daily text with a cup of coffee and piece of Mexican bread. His hobbies included spending time with his family, BBQing, teaching his dogs Whiskey and Frankie different tricks. He also enjoyed watching football, baseball and old television shows including Bonanza, Gunsmoke and The Rifleman. Valentin was a gifted musician and could easily play any instrument within minutes. He had a hilarious sense of humor, he loved to tell jokes and had a habit of giving people nicknames including one that he gave himself, "Mala Cara". He was a beloved son, brother, husband, father, uncle and friend. Valentin will be deeply missed by his family and everyone that knew him. He kept his faith until his very last breath, secure in the knowledge that he would be reunited with his loved ones in paradise for eternity. May Jehovah have him in His everlasting memory. "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away."- Revelations 21:4. Services for Valentin will be held on Saturday, the 14th of January at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses located at 232. W Pleasant Valley Rd. Oxnard CA 93033.
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