David "Duke" Garcia
November 13, 1946  -  April 22, 2018

David "Duke" Garcia

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HarperTalasek Funeral Home
500 W. Barton Ave.
Temple, TX  76501
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
5 -7 p.m., Rosary at 7 p.m.
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Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church
707 E. 6th Street
Temple, TX  76501
Thursday, April 26, 2018
10 AM
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Hillcrest Cemetery
1873 N. 1st Street
Temple, TX  76501
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Mass of Christian Burial for David “Duke” Garcia, 71, of Temple, will be held at 10 AM Thursday, April 26, 2018 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. A time of visitation will be held Wednesday, April 25, 2018 from 5 to 7 PM with Recitation of the Holy Rosary at 7 PM at Harper-Talasek Funeral Home of Temple.

Mr. Garcia passed away Sunday, April 22, in Temple.

Mr. Garcia was born on November 13, 1946 in Temple to Paulino Garcia and Rosa Castillo Reyna. He graduated from TSTC with an associate’s degree in tailoring. He worked as an x-ray technician with Scott and White before retiring after 27 years. He was a member of the Brothers of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church where he served on the bereavement committee and helped with the ESL classes. He was known as the “Tea Man” during church activities as his responsibilities were making the tea and coffee. During his life he enjoyed being around his family and friends. He enjoyed watching his nieces and nephews play in their sports activities. He was a true blue Wildcat and Dallas Cowboys fan.

David was preceded in death by his mother, Rosa Castillo Reyna; father, Paulino Garcia; step-father, Pablo Reyna; sister, Juana McCoy; and brother, Robert Garcia.
He is survived by brothers Jesse Garcia and wife Rose, Paul Garcia, Johnny Garcia and wife Janie, Albert Garcia and wife Mary, Ralph Garcia, and Paulino Garcia; sisters Eva Garcia and Magdalena Brantley and husband Derrick as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Harper-Talasek Funeral Home in Temple is in charge of arrangements.


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  1. JoAnn/Lou Wahl
    Killeen, TX

    Duke, you will be missed. Enjoyed working with you in urology at S&W. Lou and I will see you one day.

  2. Carroll Davis
    Temple, TX

    From the day that I met David at work, we always enjoyed being around one another. He picked up on a saying that I had. It was, "It's great to be alive!" Whenever and wherever our paths crossed, --or sometimes he would come alongside me in the hallway--always with that warm smile and quoting that saying. Frankly, there were days when life for me was greater than other days were. But one would have thought that it was always the same with David. He was glad to just be alive for one more day. I am confident that he still lives, but now in a better place, in the Presence of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

    Carroll Davis, retired Radiology Tech from S&W

  3. Stephen Cody
    San Antonio, TX

    Dear Family and Friends of David Garcia,

    Duke was a good man--gentle and kind--who always left those who knew him better off for the experience. I knew Duke primarily through my father (William Cody), as Duke was my father's best friend for several decades. My father had many friendships, but these were mainly shallow and did not survive long-term. But Duke was different. He was there with my father through some of the toughest parts of my father's life, and Duke's being there always brought out the best in my father. When my father died ten years ago, Duke was there for his funeral and to offer support for me, my siblings, and my mother. His passing has brought sadness to my family, but also happiness at the recollection of memories of Duke.

    Knowing Duke, I doubt my father was the only beneficiary of his friendship. To all those who are grieving his passing, my sympathies.

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