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Obituary: David Gonzalez 1955-2013

David Gonzalez

David Gonzalez

David Gonzalez, 58, of Cottonwood, passed away on Sunday, September 29, 2013.

David was born on May 19, 1955 in Los Angeles, CA to Manuel and Mary (Nino) Gonzalez.

He attended school in LA and after finishing, continued on to a specialty school where he learned the ins and outs of private investigation. After becoming a licensed and bonded P.I., David worked in asset recovery for various collection agencies and car dealerships, traveling throughout California, Arizona and Nevada.

After moving to the Verde Valley to join with family and help care for his mother, he settled into working at a job he loved at Auto Zone.

While still in California, David played drums with a band called LA Express and was a DJ as well. He also enjoyed watching sports and fishing, playing the drums and barbequing whenever possible!

David was preceded in death by his father, Manuel Gonzalez, and three brothers, Manuel Jr., Jerry and Steve Gonzalez. He is survived by his mother, Mary Ulloa of Cottonwood; his son, David Gonzalez Jr. of Long Beach, CA; his brothers, Rocky Gonzalez of CA, Michael Gonzalez and Pat Gonzalez of Cottonwood; his sisters, Kathy Rodriguez of Clarkdale, Christine Leyva of CA, Becky Llamas and Terry Sanchez of Cottonwood; his two grandchildren, Heaven and Dominick; as well as his loving companion of the last 17 years, Renee Ruiz.

A private family memorial service has been held.

An online guestbook is available to sign at

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