Remembering 41 in the Crossroads

Many are taking the day to reflect on their memories of George H. W. Bush.

While most only know him from his time in Washington, D.C. but as Newscenter 25’s Griselda Perez reports…one Victoria man’s connection is just a little more personal.

“Mr. president when you get back to the white house raise my check a little bit… he just gave me a smile.” says Jonas de la Garza as he recalls the joke he made to Mr. bush as the family hosted a wedding in Salado, Texas years ago.

“He was talking to me like he was talking to a governor or something. He was calm and nice and very respectable.” he adds.

De la Garza holds on to a simple piece of paper, that on it has two signatures. George H.W. Bush and his son George W. Bush.

Jonas who recently lost his wife says he too can relate to the pain after losing a spouse, like Bush did months ago.

“I heard her say I love, I thought, ‘oh she’s ready to go'” he adds.

De la Garza was able to walk with Mrs. Barbara Bush, when the Bush family visited a bed and breakfast where Jonas worked. There, he says he’d never thought of creating those memories.

“When I was a young boy, I would never dream I would walk the first lady. I was lucky to meet both at the same time, and sign that envelope at the same time.” he states.

In his home, he still keeps images of these special politicians along with pictures of his beloved wife.