Jose “Gabe" Velazquez, was hired at the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in December 2004 as a Grounds Equipment Operator II. He quickly proved his skillset as a Grounds Supervisor and was promoted seven years later in 2011.
During his employment, Gabe has seen the cemetery go through two expansions and will see another in 2020 as the new NNVMC Superintendent.
Every day Gabe is inspired by the contact he has with veterans. Working at the cemetery provides him the opportunity to honor Nevada’s heroes in a special way. The cemetery receives compliments daily, whether on its natural beauty or appreciation for the much TLC given at the facility in tribute to those who served.
Gabe is a family man and engages his family in cemetery special events. You can see them assisting with set-up and tear-down on Memorial Day or Wreaths Across America.
In his spare time, Gabe is a great athlete and has a passion for teaching youth sports. He has been coaching softball and basketball since his daughter Nadia was 4 years old (she is now 13). He spends much of his time fundraising for their travelling softball team and is also coach to daughter Tatiana, 10 and son JJ, 7.
Although he’s a tough guy on the field, Gabe greets veterans and their families with a warm smile and compassionate demeanor.
Thank you, Gabe, for your knowledge and loyalty to Nevada’s veterans.