Alaska resident William "Uncle Billy" Garcia died Sunday, Sept. 29, 2002, at Providence Alaska Medical Center. He was 63.
A wake will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at The Place bar and motel in Nikiski.
Mr. Garcia was born Sept. 9, 1939, in Durango, Colo., to Ben and Susie Garcia. He graduated from Durango High School in 1957. He was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Air Force. He had lived in Alaska for more than 10 years.
He was known in Kenai and Nikiski for his expertise in barbecuing. He liked to cook and entertain his friends. He sponsored an annual Fourth of July barbecue at The Place. He had many friends and even more loving relatives. He was an avid photographer and has hundreds of photographs of his favorite places in Alaska. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He was an active member of the AmVets post in Kenai and the American Legion and the Moose Lodge in Kenai. Mr. Garcia had a green thumb and enjoyed Alaska wildflowers. His front yard was covered with them. He was a beginning quilter and enjoyed quilting.
"Just knowing Uncle Billy made you happy. He made everyone he came in contact with smile. He will be missed greatly by those left behind," his family said.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Susie Garcia, and siblings, Ben Garcia Jr., John J. Garcia Sr., and Delores "Lola" Garcia Nutt.
Mr. Garcia is survived by his siblings, Pauline Garcia of San Jose, Calif., Alex Garcia of Cortez, Colo., Elizabeth Garcia Williams of Bloomfield, N.M., Rosemary "Mary" Garcia Farley of Durango, Stanley Lawrence "Cookie" Garcia of Mexico City, Mexico, Susie "Sugie" Garcia McIntosh of Atlanta, and Willamina "Goomie" Garcia Clevenger of Bull Head City, Nev.; and many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.
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