Lieutenant David Medina, 49, passed away on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 in Laredo, Texas.
David came from a very humble background. A background where family instilled that hard work and dedication has its rewards. At the very young age of 10, David found out the meaning of hard work. As part of a migrant -working family, his great-grandfather, Feliciano Medina, established their family business on Santa Maria Avenue, Medina & Sons, and his grandfather, Reyes Medina Sr., worked the land to sell fruit and vegetables. David would often reminisce about his childhood; the small nickel-and -dime store, Medina Raspa stand which his grandparents Reyes Sr. and Celestina Medina owned; and often spoke of helping his grandfather peel and clean onions in the backyard and packing them to be sold at Market Square in San Antonio, Texas.
The learning experiences of childhood taught David to understand that hard work requires determination and will. This determination enabled David to accomplish goals in his life, such as Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, Webb County Sheriff’s Department Correctional Officer/Deputy Officer, and Laredo I.S.D. Police Department Officer, Lieutenant and Chief.
Whether it was working at the UA cinema at the age of 12, helping his grandfathers, proudly serving our country in the United States Marines Corps, during Operation Joint Endeavor in Somalia, volunteer coaching T-Ball with Rio Grande Little League, flag football (Prada and Trautmann Elementary) and girls and boys basketball (Prada and Trautmann Elementary), working as a peace officer for Webb County and Laredo Independent School District, his professionalism, persistence and perseverance were admired by all who knew him personally and professionally.
To David, his greatest accomplishment was forming a family with his wife of 20 years America Amy whom he met 32 years ago. He was a devoted and loving father to his two sons, David Jr. and Matthew Dale.
He will be greatly missed by his family and all who made his acquaintance.
Mr. Medina is preceded in death by his daughter, Karmyn Celeste Medina; and mother Rosalinda Jalomo Medina.
He is survived by his wife, America Amy Medina; sons, David Medina, Jr., and Matthew Dale Medina; father, Reyes Medina Jr.; sisters, Nancy Rodriguez, Leticia Medina; brother, Reyes Medina III.; In-laws, Leopoldo (Laura P. Lozano); sister-in-law, Monica Guerra; brother- in-law, Leopoldo Lozano, III.; nephews and nieces, Justin Kyle Lozano, Erika Marie Rodriguez, Nancy Nicole Rodriguez, John Michael Medina, Ricardo Almaraz, Katelyn Rose Almaraz, and Kenneth Rey Medina. Mr. Medina is also survived by many other relatives and friends.
A visitation will be held Monday, February 27, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Hillside Funeral Home Chapel.
A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. from Hillside Funeral Home to Holy Redeemer Catholic Church. A mass will be celebrated at 9:00 a.m.
Interment will follow at the Veterans Section of the City of Laredo
Pallbearers will be David Medina Jr., Leopoldo Lozano III, Zachary Deleza, Adrian Piton, David H. Piton II, Eduardo Camacho, John Michael Medina, and Eric Piton.
If you would like to sign the guestbook or send private condolences, you may do so at www.hillsidefuneral.com .
Arrangements are under the direction of Hillside Funeral Home, 310 Hillside Road.