Edward Francis Gomes, Sr.

Edward Francis Gomes, Sr.

July 1929 ~ October 2019

Edward F. Gomes, Sr. passed away on October 28, 2019 in Turlock, California due to natural causes. He was 90. He was born on July 14, 1929 in Stillwater, Nevada to Frank P. and Lena (Viera) Gomes.

Edward served in the US Air Force from 1949 and was discharged with full honors in 1952. He went back to school under the GI Bill and graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1955. He married JoAnn Hall in 1951. He taught music in the public schools of Douglas County, NV and Bakersfield, CA before settling in Turlock, CA where he taught music, chorus, electronics, speech and science. He retired in 2000.

From the mid-1940’s through his retirement years, Edward played and led “Swing Bands” and orchestras in Reno, Fresno, and the Turlock-Modesto area. In the 1960’s he had a weekly Jazz Show on KHOM-FM. He also like to dance and dabbled in electronics and woodworking.

He is survived by his daughter Lois Tubbs of Shreveport, LA, son and daughter-in-law Edward F. Gomes, Jr. and Sue Gomes of Turlock, CA, his daughter DruAnn Benstead of Sonora, CA, five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife JoAnn and his sister Mabel (Gomes) Cress.

A public viewing will take place on November 6, 2019 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at Allen Mortuary, Turlock with a full military honors burial the same day at 1:00 p.m. at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Santa Nella, CA.


  • Robin jones November 7, 2019 4:17 am

    I thought so much of mr. Gomes. After jr. High
    (Brown)1976- current .
    we would run into each other, he still smiled and said hi! I always said Hi back, and left thinking this guy was the best!!!

  • Jan Graham November 15, 2019 2:27 pm

    Mr Gomes was one of my favorite teachers in Jr High at Brown School. He was a wonderful teacher. I just remember him always smiling and happy. May your family be blessed to have had a family member so fondly remembered.

  • FLORENE KUNDER June 11, 2021 4:31 pm

    Ed was a best-buddy of my husband, Homer Clayton Kunder (“Clay”). They were both in National Guard when President Truman activated them soon after high school graduation in Reno. I never met Ed until he attended my husband’s memorial in Sacramento. I now live in Olympia, WA. Ed and Clay visited by
    telephone at least once/week for years!

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