GILBERT VILLARREAL VASQUEZ
February 15, 1948
Mathis, Texas (San Patricio County)
My parents relocated to Odessa, Texas in 1953 when I was 5-years old, and at the time, I was the oldest of three children. Following settling the family in Odessa, my parents brought into the world an additional seven more children, thus, making me the oldest of ten, four boys and six girls!
PERSONAL FAMILY HISTORY
Marital status: Widower as of January 3, 2022
Adela Larrea Vasquez, deceased
Adela, the love of my life for fifty-four years (54) earned her angel wings on January 3, 2022
Children:(Two) daughter, Monica Vasquez Tschauner and son, Patrick Vasquez
Grandchildren: Lindsey Tschauner; Christian Tschauner and Cade Tschauner and Genevieve Vasquez
Son-in-Law---Dr. Christian Tschauner; daughter-in-Law--Joanna Aynesworth-Vasquez
I attended all of my public education in what was then known as the Odessa Public School System. I attended Austin Elementary in grades 1-3. We were transferred to Lamar Elementary for grades 4-6. My junior high school years, GRADES 7-9, were spent at Crockett Jr. High. I went on to Odessa High School in September of 1964 for my 10-12 grade years and graduated in May of 1967. For twelve years, my mode of transportation to and from school was by yellow hound bus. I am a proud OHS BRONCHO!
ODESSA JUNIOR COLLEGE
My higher education experiences began at Odessa Junior College in 1967. I played baseball for the OC Wranglers under the legendary coach, Julian Pressley. I give credit to "Coach" Pressley for having opened up my opportunities to pursue a career in baseball as well as paving the way for me to receive my higher education degrees. I played baseball at OC on a full scholarship from 1967-1969 and maintained honor roll academics as well. I earned an Associate's Degree in Arts & Sciences from Odessa College in 1969. I am a proud ODESSA COLLEGE WRANGLER!
TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY
I continued my higher education at Texas Tech University beginning in August of 1969. I was provided a full academic scholarship by Texas Tech to play baseball as well. I received my Bachelor's in Secondary Education degree from Texas Tech in May of 1971. Following my undergraduate graduation, I enrolled in a Master's in Guidance & Counseling program at Texas Tech and successfully completed the Master's requirements in May of 1975. I am a proud TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY RED RAIDER!
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS of THE PERMIAN BASIN and SUL ROSS UNIVERSITY
My love for learning encouraged me to pursue a Mid-management in Administration certification program through UTPB and Sul Ross University. In June of 1980, I earned my Mid-management certification from Sul Ross University. I had the privilege of experiencing educational pedagogy from four quality institutions that prepared me for successes in life I continue to enjoy today.
ECTOR COUNTY INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT--My 35-year career in education was spent serving students and staff in ECISD as a teacher, counselor, assistant principal, principal and central office administrator. I retired from ECISD and the TEXAS TEACHER RETIREMENT SYSTEM of TEXAS in 2009. At the time of retirement, I was the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources. Following retirement, I served as a substitute teacher and substitute administrator for ECISD as well as for the Midland Independent School District for two-years until I decided to fully re-retire to help take care of various family members.
I have served as a Meals on Wheels volunteer and currently serve as a volunteer for the Chamber of Commerce P.R.O.S. program; I have served as a spiritual lector at St. Elizabeth Ann-Seton Catholic Church as well as conducted youth group Sunday school instruction. I was on the original Board of Directors for the Mexican American Scholarship Committee (M.A.S.C.) which is still active currently providing financial assistance to Hispanic youth. I serve as an advisory board member to the Housing Authority's senior citizen low-income housing program.
Over the course of my lifetime, I held membership as a Rotarian in Lubbock, Texas and as a Lion's Club member in Odessa, Texas.
- Animal Shelter Advisory Committee
- Keep Odessa Beautiful
Christian Catholic and church membership at SAINT ELIZABETH ANN-SETON CATHOLIC CHURCH
PUBLIC SERVICE INVOLVEMENT
I served on the City's Planning and Zoning Commission for a short term some years ago. As of November 22, 2022, I began public service for Odessa, Texas residents as City Councilman, District 3. I look forward to serving all city residents and making decisions that will benefit all Odessans in the present and into the future. I especially want to be a factor in creating QUALITY OF LIFE for all ODESSANS, PROVIDE QUALITY EDUCATION for all students through the ECISD SYSTEM and through our local institutions of HIGHER LEARNING and grow our ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES for a progressive ODESSA!