Gordon "Big G" Cortez

June 27, 1963 - April 11, 2021
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Gordon “Big G” Cortez,

Saginaw, Michigan.

Beloved husband, father, brother and uncle passed away Sunday, April 11, 2021 at his home. Age 57 years. Son of the late Hernan and Helen (Flores) Cortez, Gordon was born June 27, 1963 in Saginaw, Michigan. He was a 1981 graduate of Arthur Hill High School. He married Debra Flores, his loving wife of 37 years, on April 20, 1985. She survives him. Gordon retired from Midland County Juvenile Correction Center after 25 years of service. Later he was employed at Saginaw Public Schools, Bridgeport School District and Saginaw ISD Transition Center as Campus Security Paraprofessional. He was an active member of St. Joseph Parish, a lector and vice president of its men’s club. He was very active in the Latino Basketball Group, a football coach at Weber Junior High, and especially loved helping the young youth.

Surviving besides his wife Debra are one daughter, Luisa Flores-Cortez; his sister, Sandra and Victor Diaz; two brothers, Hernan and Stella Cortez Jr., Lorenzo and Nancy Cortez Sr.; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Sandy and Alberto Ortiz, Linda and Michael Looby, Frank and Felicita Flores; many nieces ,nephews and beloved friend of many. Gordon was preceded in death by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Frank and Velia Flores.

Funeral Liturgy will take place 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 16, 2021 at St. Joseph Church, 936 N. 6th Ave., Saginaw. Rev. Fr. Francis W. Voris, OFM Cap. will officiate. Honoring Mr. Cortez wishes cremation will follow. Friends may visit at the Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Rd. (between Shattuck and McCarty), where the family will be present on Thursday from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and at St. Joseph Church on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until time of Mass. In accordance with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services ordinance, the limitations of number gathered, mask wearing and social distancing will be observed. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to St. Joseph Parish.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, April 15th, 2021 | 2:00pm - 7:00pm
    Thursday, April 15th, 2021 2:00pm - 7:00pm
    Snow Funeral Home
    3775 N. Center Rd.
    Saginaw 48603
  • Service

    Friday, April 16th, 2021 | 11:00am
    Friday, April 16th, 2021 11:00am
    St. Joseph Catholic Church
    910 N. 6th Ave.
    SAGINAW, MI 48601
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Henry Flores

Posted at 12:40pm
Our condolences to Gordan from the Flores family - Henry, Roland, Arthur, Greg, and Cyndi. I watched the Mass Live Stream this morning ! - Henry Flores

Keith sue osmond

Posted at 09:35am
So sorry about your loss we’re thinking of you and praying for you may God touch his hand on your shoulder today we love you Keith and Sue Osmond

Lakeisha Johnson

Posted at 06:59pm
Sending my condolences, prayers and love to Mrs. Flores-Cortez, his daughter and their family! Mr. Cortez will definitely be missed. I will miss his big smile, his ability to brighten up the room with love and laughter , the love he had for our students, as well as his huge selfless heart! 🙏🏾🙏🏾

Ruben Moralez

Posted at 06:18pm
Miss you and still had so much to talk to you about and take you up on that fishing trip that you offered to my dad before he passed away. Miss you uncle G

Ilene Dowling

Posted at 11:47am
Dear Debbie and Luisa, My thoughts and prayers are with you, as you morn the lost of your husband and father. May your faith provide you comfort. May your special family memories help you to know he is really not to far away, as he remains in your hearts always. Ilene

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