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Porky Gonzales

A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday, March 12, at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church for Porfirio “Porky” Gonzales Jr. of Artesia.

Gonzales, 76, passed away Thursday, March 8, 2018, at home, with his family by his side.

Fr. VJ will officiate the services, with interment to follow at Woodbine Cemetery. Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Sonny Gonzales, Geno Gonzales, Gabriel Rubio, Denzyl Garcia and Devyn Garcia, and cousin Carlos Lara III.

Visitation will be held from 4-6 p.m. today at Terpening & Son Mortuary.

Porfirio was born Oct. 7, 1941, in Artesia to Porfirio Sr. and Margaret (Lara) Gonzales. He was a lifelong Artesia resident.

He worked as a custodian for the Artesia Public Schools for 40-plus years, retiring in 2005.

Porfirio was a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church and had a passion for building show cars. He enjoyed having breakfast with his buddies at Wings and loved to spend time with his family and grandchildren, including his weekly lunches at Nina’s and Los Agaves.

Survivors include daughter Debbi Garcia and husband Dennis of Artesia; son Porfirio “Sonny” Gonzales III and wife Shelly of Artesia; sisters Betty Bolte and husband Gary of San Antonio, Texas, Gloria Orosco and husband Sam of Artesia, and Alice Gonzales and daughter Demitria of Artesia; grandchildren Samantha Rubio and husband Gabriel, Sonny Gonzales and girlfriend Santana, Geno Gonzales, Erica Gonzales, Devyn Garcia and wife Callie, and Denzyl Garcia and girlfriend Dashia; nine great-grandchildren with one on the way; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Susie Powell; brothers Israel and Lupe Gonzales; and grandson Deciderio Gonzales.

Arrangements are under the direction of Terpening & Son Mortuary. Condolences may be expressed online at www.artesiafunerals.com.