Juan R. Aguilar, 81, of Sunnyside passed away Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Feb. 19, 1926, in San Luis Potosi, San Luis Potosi, Mexico, to Natalia Ramirez and Francisco Aguilar. He migrated with his family to Weslaco, Texas, when he was three months old. Juan had a limited education as he started work with his stepfather at seven years of age. By the time he was eleven years old he was working and driving trucks like a grown man.

Juan met and married Angela Maria (Angelita) Losoya. They made their home in Weslaco. In 1945, the family migrated to the Yakima Valley to seek business opportunities in the farm agricultural industry. In the mid-1960s, Juan started to diversify and move away from farm labor contracting and started a custom farm hauling business. Juan retired in the late 1990s.

He is survived by his children, Juan Aguilar Jr. and wife, Seferina, of Phoenix, Ariz., Dalia Cruz and husband, Leo, of Zillah, Delia Molina and husband, Pete, of Zillah, Tomas Aguilar of Sunnyside, Francisco Aguilar of Walla Walla, Feliberto Aguilar and wife, Linda, of Sunnyside, Luis Aguilar and wife, Margaret, of Grandview, Erasmo Aguilar of Kennewick, Elma Aguilar of Sunnyside, Alicia Marmolejo of Sunnyside, and Antonio Aguilar of Sunnyside; 25 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; his siblings, Gilbert Olivares, Manuel Olivares, Abel Olivares, Josie Olivares, Olivia Salinas and Isabel Fernandez; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Angelita; a sister, Donaciana Flores; and a brother, Johnny Olivares.

Viewing and visitation will be held Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2007, from 4 to 8 p.m., with a Rosary to be recited at 6 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Mass of Christian burial will be held Thursday, Aug. 9, 2007, at 10 a.m., at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sunnyside, with burial to follow at the Grandview Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honor his memory may contribute to the Angelita Aguilar Education Scholarship Fund, c/o Heritage University, 3240 Fort Road, Toppenish, WA 98948. Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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