Pastor Erasmo 'Raz' DeLaGarza Jr.

Pastor Erasmo "Raz" DeLaGarza Jr.

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

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