Pastor Erasmo “Raz” DeLaGarza Jr., 65, Shelburn, went to be with the
Lord and Savior on Oct. 4, 2021.
He was born on Nov. 23, 1955, in Dallas, Texas, to Erasmo DeLaGarza Sr.
and Mary Morales DeLaGarza. He has three brothers and three sisters,
Elizabeth, Noemi, Lidia, Thomas, Stephen and John.
Raz was a successful businessman in the housing industry but he has
always felt a calling in his life. And in May of 2020, he heeded the
call and became the founder and Pastor of The Church of New
Beginnings, Sullivan. Raz was a prayer warrior. You will find him in
the church down on his knees every morning praying and worshipping. He
loved God above all else. Among his many roles in life, he considered
being a pastor as his most important one. And he will be the first one
to tell you that of all the houses he built, the House of God was the
best house ever.
People will always remember Raz or Pastor Raz as a man of God – a very
loving, kind-hearted, humble, giving and compassionate person. He will
not hesitate to pray for or with anyone, anywhere. His faith in the
Lord is rock solid. And one cannot help but love his wit and humor
Raz and his close knit family always look forward to their special
family tradition of celebrating Christmas on Thanksgiving Day in their
family home in Shelburn. Summer is another time of family get-together
either at home or in Florida.
He is preceded in death by his parents; one granddaughter, Gabrielle
Grace Ackerman; and one stepdaughter-in-law, Kristine Mae Micabalo.
Raz is survived by his loving wife, Cecile DeLaGarza; two daughters,
Maranatha Magdalene Burch (and Robert Jeffrey Burch) and Miriam Maria
Ackerman (and Jeremy Allen Ackerman); one son, Philip Andrew Erasmo
DeLaGarza (and Irene Victoria DeLaGarza); one stepson, Mark Ronald
Micabalo; and four grandchildren, KiLee Isela DeLaGarza, Alliyah Scout
Ackerman, Isaac William DeLaGarza and Miranda Bailey DeLaGarza.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 9 at The Church of New
Beginnings, 427 N. Olive St., Sullivan. The service to celebrate the
life of Pastor Raz will follow after the visitation with Pastor Adolf
Delagarza officiating. In honor of Pastor Raz, we request family and
friends to wear their Sunday best. Burial will be at the Center Ridge
Cemetery, Sullivan. Flowers may be sent to The Church of New
Beginnings. Online condolences may be made to