Michael Gonzalez, our dearest Son, Husband, Dad, Pops and Friend, departed our world on October 27, 2022, at the age of 71. He is survived and loved by his father Amado Gonzalez and wife Isabel Gonzalez, his wife Jennifer Gonzalez, his son Joseph, his son Thomas and wife Micol, his daughter Amanda and husband Tucker, and his grandchildren Drake, Ava, Vincent, Waylon, Edgar and Cosmo. He is remembered by countless cousins, in-laws, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his loving mother Bertha Gonzalez.
Michael was born in Murfreesboro, TN into an Air Force family. He moved extensively around the world and country, before settling in San Antonio in 1963, where he would unwittingly meet his future wife Jenny. They graduated from Holmes High School in 1969 and continued to Trinity University, where they began dating. In 1973 they completed their bachelor degrees. On December 8th of the same year they were married at the Trinity Chapel. Mike taught 8th grade Earth and Life Science before his acceptance to dental school at the UT Health Houston School of Dentistry, in 1974.
In 1979 they welcomed their first son Joey into the world. As his adventure in fatherhood was beginning, he also graduated from dental school and began his career in dentistry at the Texas Department of Corrections. Michael opened his private practice in Jersey Village and welcomed his second son Tommy into the family in 1980. As his practice continued to grow, his family did as well. In 1984 his baby girl Mandy arrived, completing the Gonzalez Family.
Known by many as Dr. Mike, his passion for dentistry and his patients was a driving force in his life. He enjoyed countless hours of continuing education and was a member of the American Dental Association, The Texas Dental Association and the Greater Houston Dental Society. He was honored to have been appointed Chairman of the Peer Review Committee for the TDA. Dr. Gonzalez was a committed volunteer, finding true joy in offering his services where needed. During his 43 years of practice his goal was to develop relationships of mutual respect and care with his patients, his staff and his colleagues.
His passion for his career was only exceeded by the love he had for his family. Michael was a devoted father and husband. He was proud to be present in his children’s lives. Boy Scouts, swim team, soccer, baseball, band and dance were just a few activities where he could be found. He loved camping, fishing, bird hunting, and skeet shooting with his friends and family. More than anything he loved spending time with his grandkids and taking on the role of “Pops”.
In our hearts forever - his smile, his laugh, his love…
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