Carlos Jay Gonzalez was born to Carlos and Gracie Gonzalez on December 22, 1978 as a Christmas present to his sister. Carlos passed away April 6, 2019 in Norfolk, VA with his family and friends by his side. Carlos is survived by his wife Catie and step son Luke, and his parents Carlos and Gracie Gonzalez. Left to remember his wonderful sense of humor, love, friendship, and loyalty are his sister Bonnie (Ronnie) Hedrick, nieces Treva and Jackie Hedrick, his grandmother Debora Corbin and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Carlos left behind both military and hash families and friends whose lives he changed just by being part of it.
After graduating La Porte High School in Texas Carlos surprised his parents by enlisting in the Navy in 1997. After completing boot camp, he served in several locations including Gulfport and Bilouxi, MS. Later he was stationed in Naswi and Bremerton WA., and Corpus Christi, TX. Carlos also had the honor to serve aboard the USS Carl Vinson and was also deployed to Djibouti, Africa. His final duty station was at the Fleet Weather Center in Norfolk, VA. Carlos had an extreme presence throughout his career as an AG, including work as a coordinator of fun and fitness. Throughout his military service, he was presented with 3 Warfare specialist pins, 5 Good Conduct Medals, 3 Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals and one Naval Reserve Meritorious Service Medal.
While Carlos was deployed in Djibouti, Africa, he returned to the states for an event among the Hash House Harriers of which he was a long-time member. It was there that he met his wife Catie and many friends he would come to hold dear. He and Catie had a wonderful life along with her son Luke, their dogs, chickens, several other animals and their homestead. Carlos could often be found in a pair of Chuck Taylors and a smile on his face just waiting to tell his punchline. He always wanted to make sure everyone was having a great time and if they weren’t, he would find out how to change that even if that included making fun of you. He was responsible for the happiness and morale of many and had an immeasurable impact on friends and sailors going through dark times in their lives. He was creative, innovative, and always coming up with the most outrageous plans that everyone was on board for.
No adventure was too big for Carlos.
Visitation with the family will take place on Saturday, April 13th at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5033 Rouse Dr., Virginia Beach, VA, beginning at 1pm with funeral services at 2pm and a small reception once services have concluded.
A command memorial will take place on Thursday, April 18th, at 1pm, at 1530 Gilbert St, Norfolk, VA 23511. The command will be providing civilian transportation from pass and ID which is right outside of Gate 5.
Burial will commence later at Arlington National Cemetery.
As important as his military service was to him, Carlos was just as dedicated in his love for animals and ensuring all animals had a chance for a loving home. He volunteered for the humane societies and fostered several dogs and other animals over the course of his life. In lieu of flowers, the family asks if you could please donate to Freedom Service Dogs of America at Freedomservicedogs.org.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.altmeyerfh.com.
Date: Saturday, April 13, 2019
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Date: Saturday, April 13, 2019
Time: 2:00 pm
Date: Thursday, April 18, 2019
Time: 1:00 pm
Naval Station Norfolk
1530 Gilbert St.
Norfolk, VA 23511
Arlington National Cemetery
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