Obituaries – Victor Orozco Martinez & Odis “Jacky” Gary

Victor Orozco Martinez

Victor Orozco Martinez a very proud, and humbly lifelong resident of Van Horn died suddenly on Tuesday, April 4 at his residence.  He was 68 years old.

Victor was born on November 26, 1948 to Victorino Martinez and Jesusita Orozco Martinez in Van Horn.  Victor worked various jobs around Van Horn and Culberson County and most recently worked as construction for Blue Origin as well as a seismographer.

Rosary for Victor was recited by Deacon Jesse Guajardo at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church on Tuesday, April 11 with Mass of Christina Burial following, and was Celebrated by Father Apolinar Samboni burial was at Van Horn Cemetery.

Those honoring Victor by serving as pallbearers are:  Matt Monclova, Curtis McKee, Leroy Martinez, Christopher Vulle, Armando Huerta, Jimmy Yeglecias, Pete Najera, and Elijah Mendez.  Serving as honorary pallbearers where: Jose Martinez and Danny Lozano.

Victor loved life and loved his family and friends.  There was never a time, that Victor ever turned down a family members request for help.  Victor would do landscaping for his family as well as the upkeep and maintenance on his families’ cemetery plots.

Victor loved the great outdoors, to BBQ, playing pool with family and friends, as well cheering on his beloved Dallas Cowboys.  Victor held near and dear to him working on his van and truck.  Victor will be missed by his family for the love and compassion that he had for them always.

Preceding Victor in death are his parents, two brothers Manuel Orozco and Ruben Orozco Martinez, and one sister Delia Martinez.

Those left to remember the life of Victor are: his son Victor Roman Valdez of Van Horn, his daughter Erika Uretea of Oklahoma, his brother Jose Martinez, his five sisters Dora Yglecias of El Paso, Margie Monclova of Angleton, Elva Martinez of Van Horn, Linda Martinez Tarango of Carlsbad, New Mexico and Sylvia Mckee of Van Horn, several nieces and nephews and many beloved friends.

Victor will truly be missed by his family and friends.  God Speed Victor, and God Bless.

The Martinez Family has entrusted Heritage Funeral Home of Van Horn with arrangements.

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Odis “Jacky” Gary

Life isn’t about waiting for a storm to pass it’s about learning to dance in the rain.  Odis “Jacky” Gary age 53 of Odessa unexpectedly passed away on March 26 in Kermit, Texas.

Jacky was born in Van Horn on January 15, 1964 to Jack Odis Gary and Velma Mary Sparks Gary.  Jacky taught us many lessons in life, not only did he dance in the rain, he wanted to dance in the rain.  Jacky had an absorbent number of storms during his life so he knew from experience that another storm was to come on the heels of the one that just passed if he hadn’t learned to dance he may have remained dry and unfulfilled, Jacky was very fulfilled.

During Jacky’s life, he enjoyed spending time with family and friends, barbequing, fishing, hunting the great outdoors and most importantly wearing flipflops.  Jacky was a journeyman and his favorite career was serving as an assistant superintendent of grounds for Cliffs Resort and Possum Kingdom Lake.   Jacky met and married the love of his life Beth Connolly and together they had two boys Zack and Zane.

Services for Jack were held on Monday April 4 at the First Baptist Church of Van Horn with Reverend Jerry Donavan presiding.  With musical tribute by his niece Mandy Clark Hall.

Serving pallbearers were: Cody McKnight, Joe David McKnight, Jon Taylor, Justin Taylor, Nacho Garcia, Kelly Barnett, Bill Head, Chance Clark and Warren Burns.

Proceeding in death are his parents, and one brother Charles Wayne Gary.

Those left to honor and cherish the free spirit of Jacky is his son’s Zach Gary and wife Lyndi of Joshua, Texas and Zane Gary and his wife Mandy of Van Horn; his brother Randy Wayne Gary of Van Horn.  His five grandchildren Jayden, Lane, Ethan, Brayden and Teagan and several nieces and nephews.  Jacky is also survived by his special close friend Beth Gary of Van Horn, as well as Nacho and Esther Garcia of Odessa as well as many other friends.

Rest in Peace Jacky; and never, never stop dancing in the rain.

The Gary Family entrusted Heritage Funeral Home in Van Horn with professional services.

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