Carlos (Charlie) Esparza III (47 yrs.), of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, passed away from complications of COVID on August 18, 2021, into the loving arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Charlie was born on March 27, 1974, to the loving home of Carlos and Dorothy Esparza Jr. in Houston, Texas. While growing up he lived in several states and countries, first was Stafford, Texas, then the family moved to Lewisville, Texas, his father’s job transferred the family to Philippines where they lived for 3 years making some very close family friends. Returning from the Philippines the family moved back to Lewisville, Texas for a short stay; then onto Monument, Colorado; next stop was Albuquerque, New Mexico where he started high school. In 1991 he moved to Lee’s Summit, Missouri, which he made his home. When people would ask Charlie “where are you from” instead for listing all those places he would say he’s a “TEXAN”.
Charlie graduated from Lee’s Summit High School in 1993. After high school he entered the ARMY/USAR, completed basic training at Fort Bragg, NC, primary specialty was power generator repair. His next duty station was Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, which happened to be the same base his father was stationed at when he met Charlie’s mother. Charlie volunteered to serve in “Operation Uphold Democracy” for three months in Haiti. Charlie was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, and Sharpshooters Badge. Last duty assignment was 89th Regional Support CMD FC – SPC Carlos Esparza III.
When Charlie returned from Haiti to Lee’s Summit he began working in private security while attending weekend reserve drill, once a month, until 2000. For the past 21 years he worked at Silgan Containers LLC, Grandview, MO as an AGV (Automated Guided Vehicle) operator. Over the years, Charlie has made some very close and dear friends. His hobbies were skeet shooting, target shooting, photography, fishing, and spending time with his friends in the great outdoors.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Carlos and Alicia Esparza Sr. and Homer and Gladys King.
He is survived by his parents, Carlos and Dorothy Ann Esparza Jr, his sisters Amy Lou Alexander and Beth Ann Hulette, brothers-in-law Matt Alexander and Patrick Hulette, nephew Dylan Reese Alexander, and his girlfriend for over 10 years, Cynthia (Cindy) Wilson.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
A Visitation will be at 9:00 AM, Friday, August 27, 2021 at Langsford Funeral Home, followed by a Rosary and Prayer Service at 10:00 AM. Burial at Floral Hills East Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mighty Oaks Foundation. It is a veteran organization that helps veterans afflicted with PTSD, by providing them peer-based discipleship on ranches across the US, at no cost to them. https://www.mightyoaksprograms.org/about