Dallas Works Memorial - Employees In Remembrance

Dave Paz DAVID "PAPPY" CARDENAS PAZ, 79, passed away peacefully surrounded by family and loved ones on Jan. 30, 2023, at CC Young in Dallas, TX after a courageous battle with cancer. David was born on July 2, 1943, in Los Ojuelos, TX to Adelaida Paz. He was the oldest child and had a sister, Alicia “Zita” Paz Rhode. He proudly joined the US Air Force in San Antonio, TX in 1961, at the age of 17. After graduating Bruni High School, he was stationed at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, OK. While serving in the military David developed his love for travel and was trained as a programmer where he worked for the Air Force Communications Service. His service took him across the world, and he had the privilege of being stationed in Turkey for nearly two years. In 1969, after 8 1/2 of service David was Honorably discharged at the rank of Staff Sergeant. David had a deep love for learning and attended several colleges during his time in the Air Force. He received an Associates Degree from The University of Oklahoma and a degree in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Dallas. In addition to his education, he also spoke five different languages: Spanish, English, Latin, French, and Turkish. David left the Air Force to work for Western Electric, which later became AT&T Technologies. He had a very successful career filled with many adventures and after 31 years David retired as a Senior Systems Programmer from Lucent. It was during his time at AT&T that he met his lifelong love and spouse, Janet Alsbrook Elkins; they were together for over 40 years. David had many passions in life, but the study of religion and his faith were his greatest. He was raised Catholic and a parishioner at Divine Mercy of Our Lord Catholic Church in Mesquite, TX. David was very devout and well-studied in all forms of religion, he read the Bible cover-to-cover countless times. He loved God with all his heart and always put his faith first. David was an avid reader, especially of history. He also enjoyed all music and especially Classical music, one of his biggest joys was listening to Lou Bega on repeat with his three granddaughters. His greatest accomplishments were working with his grandchildren on their educational endeavors. David was an educator at heart – he was kind, patient, softly spoken, and always made time to answer a question or solve a problem no matter how small. He took so much pride in teaching and helping others and could often be found in his office studying and coaching anyone that asked for help. He was fount of knowledge, wisdom, advice, and ideas. David will always be remembered for the amazing person he was and for all his life’s accomplishments. To know him was to love him and nothing is truer. He loved his family deeply and everyone loved him dearly. He will live forever in our hearts. David is preceded in death by his mother Adelaida Paz; sister Alicia “Zita” (Paz) Rhode, brother-in-law Frank H. Rhode, and niece Camille Dawn Rhode; mother-in-law Frances Hayden Alsbrook; brother-in-law James Ronald Alsbrook and niece Gavirin Rene (Alsbrook) Haertig; brother-in-law Jimmy R. Garcia & niece LaDonna Rachelle Garcia; and brother-in-law Joseph William Karolkowski. David is survived by his beloved spouse, Janet (Alsbrook) Elkins; two sons Bryan Todd Elkins and wife Rhonda Leigh (Fisher) Elkins, and Jason Chad Elkins and wife Jennifer Lynn (Messick) Elkins; granddaughter Ashleigh Renee (Elkins) Whitlow and husband Viktor Thomas Whitlow, granddaughter Whitney Lauren (Elkins) Gruner and husband Brandon Keith Gruner, granddaughter Haleigh Keirstyn Elkins; great- grandchildren Bodhi Gruner and Knox Gruner; sister-in-laws Sharlene Adelle (Alsbrook) Garcia, Madonna Sue (Rodgers) Alsbrook, and Karen Kay (Alsbrook) Payne with husband Joseph Payne; nephew David Frank Rhode; nieces Tanya Torres-Hernandez and husband Agustin Hernandez, Tarabeth Hernandez and husband Issac Hernandez; David is also survived by many great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, and many more.