Man's voice echoes through family, community
June 5, 2019
“Family is everything.”
Recently, I attended the celebration of life service for a man I didn’t know.
Like many others, I felt as if I did “know” him because of his presence on regional television. Little did I realize how his life connected with mine, even in a small way, until I read of his passing.
David Gonzalez of Roswell passed from this life to the next on May 6. His family, and his community, honored him with a touching celebration of life service on May 11.
Gonzalez, dubbed “The Golden Voice,” leaves quite a footprint in the region. He anchored at KBIM-TV in Roswell and was a fixture in news for more than 20 years. He was a strong presence, and his voice resonated with authority, authenticity and integrity. He was “the guy” to watch, and I did (like so many others).
Gonzalez attended Eastern New Mexico University, earning his degree in broadcast journalism.
While at ENMU, he envisioned and created a Spanish variety show for KENW TV, Cultura Orgullo y Herencia.
Not only did his show feature up and coming Tejano bands, Gonzalez had the good sense to feature his childhood sweetheart Mary Hernandez; the couple married in 1978. (Cultura still airs on KENW.)
My connection to The Golden Voice is rather happenstance. His son-in-law is one of my former students. Jacob Rodriguez also attended ENMU and earned a degree in broadcast journalism. Jacob’s wife, Dr. Angelica Rodriguez, is the daughter of David and Mary Gonzalez.
I sat in the family’s world that Saturday morning, and learned so much about the family and its patriarch. He was driven by his love for family. His choices were made based on what was best for his family. His footprint extends beyond the world of news, to the creation of a bilingual radio station KPSA (Que Pasa), to joining the family of CableOne, to calling sporting events, graduations, and other community events.
The epitome of a servant leader, Gonzalez was elected a city councilor and served in that capacity for two years.
That legacy of service and love of family and community was on full display during the celebration of his life. The bit of his public persona that I knew (and watched), grew into a beautiful life that I mourned with my friends, his daughter and son-in law, Angelica and Jacob.
With his community, I grieved the loss of him. Yet my spirit rejoiced in the great love he showered upon his family.
I witnessed the footprint of his life through the wonderful stories and memories shared by those most precious to him. It was an honor, albeit a sad one, to share in that great love.
His legacy of giving continues even now. His family, still reeling from the loss, continues his mission of service by establishing a broadcast journalism scholarship at ENMU. Aptly called “The Golden Voice Scholarship,” his daughter, Angelica, says they want to continue his legacy by encouraging others to do what her father so loved.
While The Golden Voice is silent, his echo ripples throughout his family and his community. As he said to his son, and so many others, “Family is everything.”
Patti Dobson writes about faith for The Eastern New Mexico News. Contact her at: