David Ortiz Jr.

5/20/1940 ~ 11/8/2013

Brave Dave, of Corpus Christi, TX. passed away on November 8, 2013. He leaves all his memorable moments to his sons, Don Alexander Ortiz, David A. Ortiz; daughter, Christina Eloisa Roy; brothers, Conrad, Guadalupe, & Danny Ortiz & Joe & Dr. Ricardo Carlon; sisters, Consuelo Cuellar, Carolina Wheeler & Sandra C. Robledo; 14 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren as well as extended family and many many friends.

A visitation with the family will be held on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 from 4pm-9pm with a Celebration of Life service at 7pm in the Compean Funeral Home Main Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Compean Funeral Home towards his funeral expenses.

To Those Whom I Love & Those Who Love Me   When I am gone, release me, let me go I have so many things to see and do You must not tie yourself to me with tears Be happy that I have had so many years

I gave you my love, you can only guess How much you gave me in happiness I thank you for the love each have shown But now it is time I travelled on alone

So grieve a while for me, if grieve you must Then let your grief be comforted by trust It is only for a while that we must part So bless the memories in your heart

I will not be far away, for life goes on So if you need me, call and I will come Though you cannot see or touch me, I will be near And if you listen with your heart, you will hear All of my love around you soft and clear

Then, when you must come this way alone “I will greet you with a smile and say,

“Welcome Home”

  1. Mary Castillo

    7 years ago  

    My deepest condolences to the Ortiz Family. I too met
    David at Mason Park, it was back in the 60’s the guys played basketball first and then we followed playing volleyball. He was such a nice guy and had a million dollar smile. He cared and loved all humanity and helped wherever he was needed.. My daughter Angela Martinez went to school with Don, she also extends her deepest condolences. My thoughts are prayers are with the family.

    Love Mary Castillo

  2. Joann Trevino

    7 years ago  

    I met David 35 yrs ago at Mason and of course he was helping out being a coach. I had the honor of meeting his son Don when he attended Deady Middle School. He too was very nice guy just like his dad. When ever I would see David he always remember my name and he walked 75 th more than he could probably even remember. He was a very respectful, friendly person with the nicest smile. May he rest in peace and walk many miles in Heaven. To his family I am sorry for your lost, but i just wanted to say how sweet your David was..

  3. Jesse "Jumpin Jess" Rodriguez

    7 years ago  

    David Ortiz was one of our biggest fans. He attended the Tejano Roots Hall of Fame Awards in Alice, Texas when we were inducted. He wore our Chorizo Crew t-shirt once a week with pride. David was like our publicist. He would update everyone where we appearing and what was going on in our lives. (Sometimes too much information) lol.
    David was known as Coach Dave, Brave Dave, Super Dave, Old Man Dave, Grandpa Dave, Daddy Dave and Suegro, ( Mary Champion Closner called him that. He liked that name and her.). He was most known as a coach. He coached fast-pitch girls softball teams, boys & girls basketball teams, girls volleyball teams, and soccer if had too. He won a few city wide titles.
    He loved basketball. He played a lot of basketball when he was younger. He had a killer set shot the key. He would coach; score keep, officiate or attend the Mexican American Men’s and Boys Basketball tournaments every year. He would also travel to San Antonio and Austin to attend their tournaments.
    Super Dave was a lifetime member of the Rusk Athletic Club. He helped the organization for years in supporting the Men’s Fast Pitch Softball Tournament and the Basketball Tournament in many ways.
    David worked with the City of Houston Parks department for a few years in the 70’s and 80’s. He worked at Mason Park, DeZavala Park, Ingrando Park, Hartman Park, and Eastwood Park helping and changing lives by serving the community. In the 80’s David worked at the Chicano Family Center for many years serving the community, coaching teams, keeping children away from drugs, gangs, and crime and helping those in need.
    David would work part-time jobs putting up posters for all the Tejano Concerts, especially the annual Chicano Festival for many years. He also worked as bar helper at Tony’s Bar on 75th Street. Dave would work the early voting locations for various candidates.
    Not many knew that Brave Dave had a photographic memory. He had the gift to remember names, people, family members and events (tournaments, players, games, scores). He was called the Historian of the East End. What would impress me is that David could remember the color of a woman’s eyes for every woman he met.
    Grandpa Dave loved his Tejano music by attending concerts, church festivals and talking Tejano Music at the American Legion Hall Post 472.
    David was very proud of his children and especially his grandchildren. He was very much looking forward to his granddaughter’s 15, that is scheduled for next week.
    Old Man David used the Metro Bus system to get around the city. But he always had angels around him. He knew so many people and was so well liked that he would get picked up most of the time and did not have to worry about waiting on the bus.
    So if you see him at a bus stop, pick him up, he might be the angel you need that day.

    • David Ortiz Jr

      6 years ago  

      I was surfing the Internet and looking for old friends and was so saddened to hear about Dave. We shared the same name and were introduced to each other by Boogie Man back in the Island Club and KQQK days. I am going to post a comment but wanted to respond to your great comment about Dave.

  4. 7 years ago  

    We knew David for many years. It was a real pleasure crossing his path in life. David was a good man and now resting in his everlasting home. Thank you God for David and send blessings of comfort to all his family. Our condolences to the family.

  5. Gracie Vidal and Family

    7 years ago  

    Tio David you will be missed! I have many memories of you when I was little which I will cherish forever. Thank you for being such a sweet tender soul. May you rest in peace. Sending my condolences to the rest of the family especially my cousins Aaron, Alex and Christina…may GOD give you peace and strength to deal with your loss. GOD Bless.

  6. Barbara Glave / David Wall

    7 years ago  


    Your dad was a very sweet person, with just the right amount of “chispa”. We will miss him at the annual Wall Family Christmas dinner and zany gift exchange.

    It was a joy to watch your dad interact with Revé whom he adored. When she is older, she will cherish her almost eight years with her doting grandfather.

    Qué descanse en paz.

    Barbara Glave and David Wall

  7. Deborah Rodriguez

    7 years ago  

    To the Ortiz Family,
    Please accept my sincere condolences to you and your family for the loss of your beloved David. May you cherish all the happy memories you shared with him.

    My sympathy to you and your family

  8. Loretta Cordova (Miss Mc Laughlin)

    7 years ago  

    I met David at Mason Park in 1965 while I was the Park Director there. I have very fond memories of David playing basketball at Mason, helping me coach the youth basketball teams and the girls softball team. He always had a happy smile and a friendly word. My memories of David will always remain in my heart. Mostly how much he loved his little boys and Angela. I remember once he hitch-hiked to LA to see the NBA championship game! We had recently reconnected by phone and I was planning a trip to Houston to visit my Mason friends. I now regret putting that trip off. Because I will never see him again, I am crushingly sad. My condolences to his family. David will be missed by many.

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