Juan M. Valenzuela
On March 24, 2015 the world lost a great man, a true modern day Superman; my father Juan M. Valenzuela, 78. He was born on January 2, 1937 in La Union, New Mexico to my grandmother Romana M. Valenzuela and grandfather Juan D. Valenzuela. My father was the last remaining male to survive his large and proud Valenzuela family. He has now gone to join his siblings in heaven: Adam D. Valenzuela, Jesus M. Valenzuela, Alfonzo M. Valenzuela, Salvador M. Valenzuela, and Genova M. Valenzuela. He is survived by his honorable sister, Eva M. Valenzuela, Lucy B. Valenzuela, and Pauelin N. Valenzuela who now mourn the loss of their baby brother.
In 1961 my father was drafted in the United States Army and served with honor and distinction. He served in defense of this nation in Frankfort, Germany and was promoted to the rank of Corporal. He was honorably discharged on March 15, 1964. My father would mention to me many times that he married the most amazing woman in the world, my mother Jessie H. Valenzuela on August 8, 1964. Soon after my brother John A. Valenzuela was born and about three years later I (James E. Valenzuela) was born. My brother and I would often mention how fortunate we were to have the BEST parents in the world. They showed us how to be men of honor, dignity, respect, courage and to spend our lives in service of others. My parents had the recipe for success on how to raise children down to a science.
My brother (my hero) was a South Tucson Officer that was killed in the Line of Duty on May 17, 1993 and my mother (my protector) died August 18, 2009. My father was so heartbroken but the love for his granddaughter, Briana E. Valenzuela (his heart); his grandson, John A. Valenzuela (his soul); his son, James E. Valenzuela (his baby), and his special daughter-in-law, Rosario Valenzuela who he loved like a daughter, kept him going and alive. They were always on his mind even to his last minutes on this earth.
My father would often mention how much he missed my mother and brother. He would say "Son, I do not fear death because I know when I die I will be reunited with your mother and brother in heaven. I will face death not with eyes closed but with his eyes wide open". My father, I feel did not die of his physical disorder and challenges; he died of a broken heart for the loss of my mother and brother. Now that my father has gone to be with them in heaven, I can be assured that he is now at home with them. His journey is complete, no more suffering, no more pain, and no more sadness. Just joy and happiness in heaven. God has granted my father the reward of eternal life in heaven for being a man that put his family first and sacrificed for them so they could have a better life. A true role model of what a man, father, and husband should be while on earth.
Family and friends who helped my father in his last days are personally thanked for their service on his memorial page www.carrillostucsonmortuary.com
In lieu of flowers, please send a monetary donation to the John Valenzuela Youth Center at 1550 S. 6th Ave., Tucson, AZ. 85713
Visitation will be held Friday, April 10, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at CARRILLO'S TUCSON MORTUARY (South Chapel)
240 S. Stone Ave., with a Rosary recited at 7:00 p.m. Mass will be offered Saturday, April 11, 2015, 9:00 a.m. at St. Augustine's Cathedral, 192 S. Stone Ave. Interment to follow at Holy Hope Cemetery at 10:30 a.m.
Arrangements by CARRILLO'S TUCSON MORTUARY.