David Norberto Garay
Most beloved son of Rosie and Norberto Garay. Born in East Los Angeles on November 19th, 1958. He passed on January 25th, 2023 at the age of 64 after a long struggle from complications of kidney disease. He graduated in 1976 from Bishop Salesian High School, where this #1 Beatles fan made good, lifelong friends. Soon after graduating, he married the first love of his life, Patrice Lujan, with whom he had four children. He spent many years, following in his father’s footsteps working in the aerospace industry for Lockheed Martin and Northrop; where he worked on the assembly of the B2 Stealth Bomber as well as for Boeing.
In later years, he returned to school graduating from Antelope Valley College, and then UNLV where he became an enthusiastic lifelong Rebel fan. It was also there that he met the second love of his life, Carlos Ramirez, whom he would later marry. Upon graduating from UNLV with a degree in History, he worked as a substitute teacher until he returned to the aerospace industry to work on Air Force One for Boeing in San Antonio, Texas. It was during this time that his health began to decline and he took early retirement.
While David was not a man of material wealth and led a life that was - at times - difficult and complicated, he nonetheless told his sister Grace shortly before he passed that he felt he had lived a good life. He had expressed his wish that there be no sadness at his passing and asked that a party be held in his memory, as well as to be reunited with his late-father Norberto, whom he loved deeply.
David is survived by his spouse and partner, Carlos; mother, Rose Garay (of Estacada, OR); his four children, Gina Garay (of Sandy, OR); Cheryl Ray (of Antioch, CA); Jill Garay (of Las Vegas, NV), and Dave Garay (of East Palo Alto, CA); where he is also survived by 7 grandchildren.
He leaves behind his sisters Tillie Garay (of Estacada, OR), Grace Garay (of Fremont, CA), and Jeanette Garay (of Milwaukie, OR), as well as many nieces and nephews.
Services will be held on March 4th at the Davis Funeral Home & Memorial Park in Las Vegas, where he will also be interned. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association.