The earth stopped spinning for a brief second, Thursday, February 21, as heaven welcomed Xavier Ortiz.
Born to Abundio & Filomena Ortiz on December 5, 1946. He was the fourth of five children. Xavier was born and raised in San Antonio, where he stayed his entire life.
From a young age, he was ornery, spoiled but sharp as a tack, which he carried into adulthood. He graduated from Socorro High School in 1966, joined the Army and served his country in Vietnam. He returned home and married. Of all the people he touched, both willing and unwilling, his most proud achievement in life was catching and marrying his soulmate Margie, who supported him in all he did from day one, until he took his last breath.
Together they have four children, five grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Xavier spent his adult life serving others, most notably at Tremart and Randy's ACE Hardware. Where he still continued to harass the employees, long after retirement and they'd still let him in. He had a shameless relationship with the Crane Cafe breakfasts and the General Store fudge, where he would often talk them all into free samples.
Xavier is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Margie; Daughters, Karen Lucero (Brian), Angela Ortiz (Charles Gonzales), Victoria Ortiz (Melisa Montoya); Grandchildren, Anthony & Myrannda Dimas and Jerrick & Angelo Montoya; Great grandchildren, Iyanna & Alejandro Espino, Amani Dimas; Mother-in-law, Vivi Martinez; Siblings, David Ortiz (Cathy), Maria Korzdofer (Ed), Irene Pargas (Horacio), Navidad Ayala (Whitey) and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents; Son, Jose Javier; Granddaughter, Adilynn Montoya; Father-in-law, Miguel P. Martinez. Pallbearers were Anthony Dimas, Myrannda Dimas, Iyanna Espino, Alejandro Espino. Honorary pallbearers were Joe Romero, Randy Torres, Harold Baca, the late Gene Saavedra, Garrett Wilkinson, AJ Torres, Zoila, Ann.
To leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Daniels Family Funeral Services, Socorro.