The Vasquez Family - Corpus Christi, Texas
Vasquez had been Dr. Hector P. Garcia's bookkeeper as early as 1949. In early 1953, Leal and Vasquez first saw each other while Leal was waiting to see Dr. Garcia in the patient waiting room with her mother. When 19-year-old Leal was not with her mother, Dr. Garcia encouraged Leal to meet Vasquez, saying Vasquez was a "good catch." After a short courtship, Vasquez gave her an engagement ring on her birthday. Vasquez then asked her parents for her hand in marriage. Since Leal's mother did not want them to marry, Vasquez and Leal decided to elope. They were married on October 30, 1953, at the Nuevo Laredo, Mexico courthouse. The following year they married at Christ the King Catholic Church in Corpus Christi.
Vasquez and his wife served as Advisory Board Members of Our Lady of Guadalupe Center, and were co-founders of the Sembradores de Amistad, Scepter Club, and other local clubs in the 1960s and 1970s.
Arturo Vasquez and his wife, Marie, have seven children, thirteen grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.
"From his young age as a war fighter, to a collegiate, a CPA, a husband, a father to seven wonderful children, a city/state wide educational leader, a God fearing man, Arturo Vasquez lead a life that each one of us would be lucky to accomplish half in our life time." Former Marine and Grandson Nathan Ryan Schoggins