Alberto “Beto” Guerrero Williams was a long time resident and Veteran of Marfa, Texas.
He died peacefully at his home in Crowley, Texas September 16, 2022. He lived his final years peacefully with his niece Veronica, her husband Michael Sites, and a pug named Wiggles that mutually adopted Beto as his own.
Alberto “Beto” Guerrero Williams was born August 7, 1934, in Marfa, Texas, son of Catarino Brito Williams and Josefina Guerrero Williams.
Beto attended Blackwell School and went on to start high school until early enlistment in the Marine Corp. He completed five years' service as Security Detail. He returned to and was graduated from Marfa High School.
Beto not only proudly served his country, he humbly served family above and beyond the call of duty putting his brother through school, providing a home for his mother, helping others when there was need, and being an overall selfless provider to his family from the time he was very young. He was generous to a fault, and though he was a gentle giant he had strong an unwavering ethics and principles of respect. He longed to be treated with mutual love, dignity, honor, and respect. As a Veteran he deserved and earned the right to be held in high esteem for the remainder his life.
Beto was honorably discharged from the Marine Corp and attended Sul Ross State on a GI Bill until the program ended. He never realized his dream to become a pharmacist. Instead, he re-enlisted into the Army to put his younger brother through college, and later help him buy two cars over the years to meet the needs of his brother's family. That tour of duty resulted in deployment to Vietnam where he was forever changed. What remained the same throughout his lifetime was his fierce character to protect and defend from heart of compassion unwilling to compromise honor, dignity, and mutual respect. He loved children, small animals, and bologna. Beto was Honorably discharged as Army Staff Sergeant in 1979 with the following recognitions:
• Army Good conduct
• Vietnam service medal
• Vietnam Campaign ribbon
• Army pistol team
• Marine Corp good conduct
• Senior aviation mechanic wings
• Expert Rifle badge
• Expert badge 45 caliber pistol
• Expert with BAR Browning automatic weapon
He is preceded in death by his parents Catarino Brito Williams, Josefina Guerrero Williams and siblings, Ismael Guerrero, Geronimo and Francisco Williams, Belen Guerrero Williams, Josie Guerrero Williams Luna.
He is survived by his brother Quintin Guerrero Williams, nephews Joe Alex and wife Gloria Luna and their four sons, Jamie Lee Luna, Jonathan Eric Williams and wife Barbara with their son and daughter, his only niece Veronica and husband Michael Sites and their four daughters and son, along with many cousins.
Beto was a man of honor, integrity and respect. He loved his family and it was evident in all he did to step into the role of oldest surviving child in an era that growing up without a father meant becoming provider. He took that role very seriously. He took care of his mother, brother and sister, and countless family members.
The family wishes to thank his care team which included an outstanding VA team of providers and AlēvCare Hospice for providing outstanding care with dignity, honor and complete respect of his wishes.