On February 13, 2019, after a courageous four-year battle with metastatic colorectal cancer, Dalton was called home by his Heavenly Father. He was surrounded by his family. Dalton fought hard and waited for his younger brother Kenton to get to the hospital. Dalton went from Kenton’s arms into his Heavenly Savior’s arms.
2 Timothy 4:7-8
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day – and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for His appearing.”
Dalton was born in Laredo, Texas on September 27, 1990 to William and Helen Trevino. Weighing 9 pounds and 4 ounces, he was definitely a keeper as his grandfather Oscar J Zuniga would say!
Dalton loved music! It’s a wonder because his father, Bill, played his 12 string guitar and sang songs like “House at Pooh Corner” to Dalton when he was still in Helen’s womb.
Dalton was immediately surrounded by four older siblings. DR, Jojo, Greg and Mandalay took a liking to their new brother. Dalton was the little prince and was often argued over by tios and tias on who would get to hold the guero. But 2 ½ years later, Dalton was dethroned by his little brother Kenton Dale. Vamanos!
Throughout his elementary school years at De Llano and Amparo Gutierrez, Dalton excelled in reading and had a photographic memory. He also played sports including flag football, basketball, and baseball. His best sport however was swimming. He made it to regionals in his junior year. Practices were usually early in the morning, so swimming was a short career by Dalton’s choice.
Dalton’s passion was music. He began taking guitar lessons with his father Bill. He was a quick learner and soon took off on his own. He also took piano lessons from Ruben Vargas. Dalton excelled in piano! Eventually, when he went to United Middle School, he signed up for orchestra. He volunteered for the standup bass guitar. Again, Dalton excelled and eventually made 2nd chair regionals in 8th grade.
When Dalton turned 15, his family moved to the Paul Young Ranch. This was great because Dalton loved the outdoors, and he loved all of his primos who lived at the ranch. Fishing was fun, but campfires and shenanigans were awesome! Dalton also picked up and became a good skateboarder.
Dalton went to United High School for two years, but transferred and graduated from Alexander High School in 2008. He had so many dear friends from both schools.
After graduating high school, Dalton moved to Austin with his cousin, Billy Hrncir. Billy went to the University of Texas, and Dalton went to Austin Community College. They roomed together for one year and figured they were better cousins than roommates!
Dalton also went to the Recording Conservatory of Austin and received a two-year certificate. Although, he had a passion for music, he also had a passion for computers.
Dalton then worked for Best Buy for four years. He was on the Geek Squad and became a computer tech whiz. Dalton spent this last year after he felt good enough to work as a Help Desk Technician at IT Freedom in Austin, Texas.
Dalton kept his faith, and he continued to battle. Then God brought Nelly Lillie into his life. Nelly served in the U S Army and was going to college at Texas State in Round Rock. They began dating and fell in love. Dalton continued his battle with two different treatments. In October, 2018, Dalton and Nelly visited Billy and Rochelle Hrncir in Puerto Rico. Dalton proposed to Nelly and she said YES! They committed their hearts to each other. Nelly continued her devotion to Dalton when things got bad at the end of Dalton’s life on Earth. She loved and cared for Dalton like nobody else could. She stood by his side and was there with him when he went to our Father’s arms.
The Treviño family and Nelly want to thank Doctor Robert Askew of Austin Texas, Doctor Michael Kasper of Texas Oncology and Staff (especially Marilyn and Pat), Dr. Jordi Rodan and Dr. Tori Miller of MD Anderson and their staff.
We thank Dr. Cory and his staff at Seton Williamson hospital for their delicate and beautiful care for Dalton his last few hours.
Finally, we want to thank so many family and friends who prayed for Dalton. Your prayers were heard. Although he was not healed in this earthly life, he never lost faith because of your prayers. Thanks to the Burkhalter Inn, Porter Inn, CBP employees, Zuniga tias and tios, primos, and the Lillie Family. Special thanks to Tio George and Tio Beto for their support.
The Trevino family and Nelly also want everyone to know that Dalton is a hero. He was asked from the beginning of his treatments if doctors performing biopsies of his tumors could take extra samples for research. Doctors explained that the extra samples could help save lives in the future. Dalton hated needles but loved people and agreed to the extra biopsies.
Dalton was also comforted in his last days by beloved pets, Roscoe and Mishka, and he had a lifelong love of animals and compassion for all living things. Anyone wishing to honor him could choose the charity he had chosen instead of a wedding gift registry – Laredo Animal Protective Society, www.petadoptlaredo.org.
Left to cherish his memory are his Parents; Bill & Helen Trevino, Fiancée; Nelly Lillie, Siblings; David Richard Cortez (Dafne) III, Normandy (Kip) Porter, Gregory (Samantha) Cortez, Helena Mandalay Cortez, and Kenton Dale (Bianca) Trevino, Paternal grandparents; Franisco & Lavonia Dale Trevino, Furbabies; Roscoe and Mishka, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
The family will receive guests, Monday, February 18, 2019, from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services, memorial service will be held at 7:00 pm. On Tuesday February 19, 2019, departure will be at 9:00 am to the Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Kenton Treviño, Gregory Cortez, David Cortez III, Billy Hrncir, Lorenzo Laurel, Kip Porter, Richard Mendez, and Tony Flores. Honorary pallbearers are: Thomas Foster, Hunter Burkhalter, Wyatt Burkhalter, Bill Hrncir, Paul Zuniga, Arthur Zuniga, George Juarez, and Beto Gutierrez.
Funeral arrangements are by Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services, 1320 Trey Dr. Laredo, TX 78041 (956)723-3611. You may leave condolences to the family online at www.freddickey.com