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Roswell’s ‘Golden voice’ David Gonzáles dies

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David González, at right with wife Mary, with several generations of his family at an August 2018 banquet to honor his mother and father, who preceded him in death. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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Well-known community member David González, sometimes called the “voice of Roswell” after decades in broadcast news and many years as an announcer, passed away Monday.

“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of the ‘Golden Voice,’ David González,” the family stated in an email Tuesday. “We appreciate all the love and prayers from our community and friends. He loved Roswell and felt so many of you were like family. Services are still pending and an announcement will be made soon with details.“

His body arrived in Roswell Tuesday afternoon from a hospital in Lubbock, where he had been since suffering a heart attack on April 19. The procession included escorts of Cable One vehicles, as González had been the branch manager of its local operations since 2002.

The Roswell native and 1973 Goddard High School graduate first joined KBIM TV as a news reporter and anchor in 1978, a few years after graduating from Eastern New Mexico University and following a position at a TV station in Midland, Texas.

He was promoted to news director in 1987 and then moved to a sister station, KRQE in Albuquerque, as a news anchor in 1995. He returned to KBIM TV in 1998, but left a short while later to take a job as a Tejano radio station manager. In 2000, he rejoined KBIM TV as its station manager and sales manager. He then went to work for Cable One.

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González also was known by many people as the announcer for local high school and New Mexico Military Institute football games as well as commencement ceremonies. He mentored students interested in TV production and coached woman’s softball and little league baseball teams. When younger, he and his eight brothers, who were among 12 siblings, were known as avid competitors in church and community baseball leagues.

González, 63, was among the first generation of his family born in the United States after his parents immigrated from Mexico.

“We have a lot of roots here,” he said when interviewed for a family tribute in 2018. “We were raised to love where we are and call Roswell home.”

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Mary (Hernandez), the Goddard High School choir director, and their two grown children, Omar and Angelica, as well as numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives.

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