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