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Rafael Garza III

December 17, 1993 ~ June 29, 2017 (age 23)

Rafael Garza III went into the arms of the Lord on June 29, 2017.  “Third” as he was known to family and friends, was born on December 17, 1993 to Ralph Garza Adelita Rodriguez in Sunnyside, Washington. As a child he lived in Texas and Washington until his family moved to Irrigon, Oregon in 1998 where he resided until his passing. He graduated from Irrigon High School. Third was a man with many friends because he had a heart of gold. He was the kind of man who would go above and beyond to make a person smile. He loved his family with every bit of his soul. They were the most important part of his life. His friends were such an important part of his life as well. So many memories made, we will have stories to tell forever. His dogs Kilo and Lokz were Thirds sidekicks and they always knew when it was time to play. He enjoyed fishing and being with his family and friends. He loved to spend time cruising around in his truck to “Chilllll” & “going to the store”. The short time we had Third in our lives will be cherished. He was the ultimate definition of giving unconditional love. He will be missed by so many, but we know that one day, we will all be together soon in heaven.

He is survived by his parents: Adelita Rodriguez (Francisco Chapa) and Rafael Garza Jr., grandparents: Diego Rodriguez & Carmen Rodriguez; brothers: Francisco Chapa & Jeramiah Chapa; sisters: Julisa Garza & Priscilla Chapa; girlfriend: Katelyn Tolar, numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Third was preceded in death by his grandfather: Rafael Garza, grandmother: Maria Vicenta Garza & cousin: Cesar Barriga Garza.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, July 3, 2017 at 5:00 P.M. Burns Mortuary Chapel, Hermiston, Oregon.

Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church, Hermiston, Oregon.

Burial will follow at Desert Lawn Memorial Cemetery, Irrigon, Oregon.

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Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, Oregon is in care of arrangements. 

 Service Information

Funeral Service
July 3, 2017

5:00 PM
Burns Mortuary Chapel
685 W. Hermiston Ave.
Hermiston, OR 97838

Funeral Mass
July 6, 2017

10:00 AM
Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church
565 W. Hermiston Ave.
Hermiston, Oregon 97838

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