We deeply regret to announce the passing of seven-year IBEW 1245 member David Gonzalez Sr., who sadly lost his life to COVID-19 complications last week. He was 54 years old.
Brother Gonzalez, who worked for the City of Lompoc’s Solid Waste Division as a Collections Driver for ten years, was a kind, reserved and devout man with an unwavering work ethic.
“David was a man of a strong faith in God and very family-oriented. He loved his job and his co-workers. He was never a drinker or a smoker. He completely dedicated himself to our family and serving the Lord. He spent his leisure time serving the Lord in Saint Mary of the Assumption and with our family,” said his wife, Virginia. “He was a sweet, kind, respectful and gentle person. He was rather a quite reserved person, but with a funny sense of humor. He was a very open person and accepting of others, and was always available to help others.”
Originally from Mexico, Gonzalez came to the United States in the mid-80s, and spent the last 25 years working in sanitation. He was the kind of person who worked hard, rarely took a sick day, and consistently demonstrated his respect for his co-workers.
“David was a very quiet, polite person, but I knew I could count on him. He always supported the union and our labor goals,” said IBEW 1245 Business Rep Jaime Tinoco, who knew Gonzalez for a decade prior to his passing.
Brother Gonzalez had been ill for some time, and subsequently ended up in the hospital with severe COVID-19. He was admitted to the ICU, and passed away on Aug. 24.
In addition to his loving wife, Brother Gonzalez leaves behind two children, Jazmin (age 22) and Jose David (age 20), as well as 11 brothers and sisters. His family is still reeling from the devastating loss, which came just days before his 31st wedding anniversary.
The family requests privacy, but cards and condolences may be sent to 933 Donner Ct., Santa Maria, CA 93454.
Additional information, including fundraisers and memorial info, will be posted as it becomes available.