Leroy Nava, 73, formerly of Edna, Texas, died Wednesday, November 18, 2020, in Amarillo, Texas. Funeral Mass will be 11:00 AM Monday, November 23, 2020, at Saint Thomas the Apostle Church. Rosary will be said Sunday, November 22, 2020, from 6:00 – 7:00 PM at the funeral home. Leroy will be available for viewing on Saturday, November 21 from 12:00 – 5:00 PM. Burial will follow the Funeral Mass at Llano Cemetery.
Leroy was born on Palm Sunday, March 30, 1947, in Ganado, Texas to Joseph J. Garza and Olivia Nava Wilmot. He was raised by his grandparents, Olivia Barrera Nava and Morris Nava Sr. in Edna, Texas. Raised on the farm, he spent his formative years out working in the fields with his grandpa and uncles and developed his strong work ethic due to his upbringing. He was in rodeos and played football. He graduated from Edna High School in 1966. He attended college at Sam Houston State University. He had a love and passion for music and played drums in a band called Dialogg. He moved to Amarillo in November 1983 and began working for Amarillo Imports with Bryce Beard. He remained in the car business for many years, working for several dealerships throughout the 1990s. He worked for a few years at Great Western Directories doing the yellow pages for local businesses. He went back to the car business and worked for Pete’s Car Smart until 2013 when he began working for Interstate Bank as a mortgage loan officer. He “retired” recently and began working for Pete’s Car Smart again, where he was currently employed as the shuttle van driver. He was also co-owner of The Lost Cajun restaurant. He attended St. Thomas the Apostle Church for many years. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed going to listen to local bands and had a very good, strong ear for music. Leroy was an amazing father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend and will forever be remembered for his great sense of humor, passion for music, outgoing and friendly personality, and zest for life and will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by his mother in August; his father; his grandparents; aunts, Velma Murray, Sefarina Constante, and Beatrice Beard Quackenbush; uncles Clem Nava and Morris “Sonny” Nava Jr; and several cousins.
Survivors include daughters, Brandy Yurasek and husband Dan, of Sugar Land, Texas, Holly Lewis and husband Jesse, of Garretson, South Dakota; son Scott of Petaluma, California; sister Maryann Wilmot, of Corpus Christi, Texas; aunts Mac Jimenez of Edna, Texas and Agnes Valenciano, of Laredo, Texas; 4 grandchildren, Reagan Yurasek, Addison Yurasek, Maya Yurasek, and Gavin Eisenzimmer; 3 nieces and 1 nephew; and too many cousins to name in this publication, and many friends.
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