Gabriel Zubia Acosta, 68, of Monahans, Texas passed away on October 3, 2020 in Monahans, Texas surrounded by family.
He was born in Ojinaga, Chihuahua, Mexico to Praxedis and Maria Trinidad Acosta on December 23, 1951. He completed his teaching degree in Chihuahua, Mexico in 1973 and that same year, he and Celia Acosta Brito were also married. They moved to Monahans, where Gabriel began his oilfield career with Gulf Oil and later retired from Chevron U.S.A. Inc. in 2017. He loved family, friends and music and was often strumming his guitar. Gabriel was a devout member of St. John’s Catholic Church and active with the Monahans Masonic Lodge.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Praxedis and Maria Trinidad Acosta and older brother, Armando Acosta. Gabriel is survived by his wife of 47 years, Celia Acosta Brito; his 3 children, Wendolyne Acosta Utterback (Marty Utterback), Gabriel B. Acosta (Nicole Acosta), Aaron Alonso Acosta (Sarah Acosta); his siblings, Manuela Sanchez, Juan Daniel Acosta, Maria del Socorro Duran, Oscar Acosta, Maria Magdalena Ingram and Marta Wright. He was a wonderful grandfather to Garon, Evan and Lauren Utterback; Ema, Gabriel Aron, Izak and Kaleb Acosta; and Quinn and Samuel Acosta.
Pallbearers will be Gabriel B. Acosta, Aaron Acosta, Marty Utterback, Garon Utterback, Evan Utterback and Gabriel Aron Acosta.
Visitation will be at Harkey Funeral Home on Tuesday, October 6 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. The rosary will follow at 4:00 PM at St. John’s Catholic Church. Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, October 7 at 2:00 PM also at St. John’s Catholic Church with Father Allan Alaka officiating. Burial will follow at Monahans Memorial Cemetery.
The family of Gabriel wishes to extend our sincere thanks and gratitude to Doctors Ronald Gibbons, Sudhir Amaram, James Burks and their respective staff. Thank you also to Father Allan Alaka of St. Johns’s Catholic Church for your continued spiritual guidance through this difficult time.