It is with much sadness that the family of Juan U. Perez announces his passing on Sunday, November 4, 2018 at the age of 65. Juan was born to Oscar Leos Perez and Alejandra U. Perez on April 18, 1953, in Brownsville, Texas.
As a young boy, Juan served the community as an altar boy at St. Joseph's Catholic Church and a Patrol Boy at Skinner Elementary. In High School, he was a member of the ROTC for four years. Juan then served in country for three years in the 82nd Airborne Division. The discipline and patriotism he learned in the Army never left him, as his family will attest. He returned to Brownsville and attended Texas Southmost College before he was hired by the Cameron County Sheriffs Department as a dispatcher for 2 1/2 years. Juan continued his law enforcement career with the Brownsville Police Department for 24 years.
Juan is preceded in death by his father Oscar Leos Perez Sr., his sisters: Olga Perez, Socorro P. Wojcik and a grandson; Joshua Anthony Perez.
Juan is lovingly remembered by his wife, Irene; his mother, Alejandra U. Perez; his son, Juan Antonio (Crystal) Perez of Pearland, Texas, Andraluz Howard of Brownsville, Ali Nicole Perez, and John O. Perez also from Brownsville, Texas. Also surviving him are his siblings: Frank Perez from Universal City, Texas, Ignacio (Irma) Perez from Austin, Texas, Esther (Bill) Nance from Duncanville, Texas, Dolores Moon from Fort Worth, Texas, Carmen (Oscar) Almaraz from Brownsville, Oscar Perez Jr. from Austin, Texas, and Rene Perez from Brownsville, Texas, four grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Juan retired from law enforcement to pursue his other passion, fishing. He was an avid fisherman and white wing hunter and enjoyed watching a good Dallas Cowboy game on Sundays when they would win.
Visitation will be from 5:30 pm to 9 pm with the Holy Rosary at 7 pm on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 1914 Barnard Rd. Brownsville.
Funeral Mass will be held 10am on Friday, November 9, 2018, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 1914 Barnard Road in Brownsville. Burial will follow at Rose Lawn Memorial Gardens in Brownsville.
Serving as pallbearers are Juan Antonio Perez, Alfredo Montalvo Jr., Eben L Pena, Rey Pineda, Eddie Garces and Manuel Lucio.
Honorary pallbearers will be the retired Brownsville Police Officers "Silver Badges."
Military Honors will be conducted by the Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 2035 in Brownsville, TX.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Garza Memorial Funeral Home, 1025 E. Jackson St. Brownsville, TX. (956) 542-5511.