He worked as a home builder, and in 1954 through the GI Bill, earned a BBA in Accounting from Texas Western College and then an MBA degree from the University of Texas at El Paso in 1976. Both Victor and Berta instilled in their children the value of education. After 30 years with the El Paso Natural Gas Company, he retired in May 1983. His dream job was retirement and he was able to do that 8 years longer than his time as a company man. Always health conscious, Vic was dedicated to his avena, pan dulce, elk meat and exercise routines.
Driving back from Austin in 1996, Berta and Victor suffered extensive injuries in a car accident that left Berta paralyzed. He would spend the next 12 years, until her passing, as her devoted caregiver and companion.
He is the proud grandson of General Toribio Ortega, Chihuahua’s hero during the Mexican Revolution of 1910. He republished Toribio Ortega y La Brigada González Ortega then translated it into English and published that as well.
A Memorial Service and burial will be February 23 in El Paso with covid protocol.