SAN ANTONIO — Former San Antonio Express-News cartoonist Leo Garza, known for his Nacho Guarache strips, died Saturday after a battle with kidney cancer.
Garza, 57, worked as a political cartoonist for the Express-News for two decades before leaving the paper in 2007. His work was praised by a number of publications including Texas Monthly during his career.
Sterlin Holmesly, former editorial page editor at the Express-News, hired Garza in 1987 and commended Garza's work as both funny, thoughtful and controversial.
“Leo was a great asset to the paper,” Holmesly said. “He was a strong member of the staff and a very quiet and pleasant man to work with.”
Express-News Editorial Page Editor Bruce Davidson said, “Leo developed a dedicated following during his years at the Express-News. His cartoons were stronger than words, and he knew how to get a big reader reaction. While Leo spoke loudly with his pen, he was a quiet, gentle man.”