John Fuentez Garza
John Fuentez Garza, 85, of Rogers, died Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021, in a Temple hospital.
Funeral mass will be held Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, at St. Monica’s Catholic Church in Cameron. Burial will follow in the Rogers City Cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday from 6-8 p.m. with a Rosary being recited at 7 p.m.
Mr. Garza, fondly known as “Deacon Juan,” was born Aug. 18, 1936, in Donna, to Doroteo and Maria (Rosario) Garza. He married Sophia Quintero on July 26, 1955. Deacon Juan worked at Alcoa before retiring after 30 years. Deacon Juan was a member (one of twenty five) of the first association of Catholic Deacons for the Austin Diocese and had been a Catholic Deacon for more than 37 years. He was a founding member of St. Matthew Catholic Church in Rogers. In his spare time he loved to fish, play dominoes, loved to travel with his family, but he mostly loved riding his lawnmower whether it was to give his grandkids a ride or just cutting other people's yards. Lastly, let's not forget he was a BIG fan of the Rogers Eagles.
He was preceded in death by a son, John Garza Jr.; and by five brothers and two sisters.
He is survived by: his wife Sophia Garza of Rogers; five daughters, Alice Garza-Lara and late husband Pete of Temple, Lucy Rivera and husband Oscar of Albuquerque, N.M., Margaret Garza Moreno and husband Aniceto of Temple, Terry Mejia and husband Jesus of Rogers, and Mary Nunes and husband Edward of Rogers; six sons, Mike Garza of Austin, John Garza Jr. of Lockhart, Angelo Garza and wife Brenda of Temple, James Garza and wife Valerie of Temple, Henry Garza and wife Diana of Rogers, and Noel Garza of Rogers; sister, Socorro Garcia of Fresno, Calif.; 25 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Matthew Catholic Church in Rogers.
Pallbearers: Michael Garza, Oscar Rivera Jr., Kyle Fino, John Tyler Garza, Alec Garza, Jeremy Garza, Kystofer Garza, Jaden Garza, Evan Nunes and Matthew Nunes