Reverend Juan Pablo De Leon, 80, of Kennewick and a longtime Sunnyside resident, was called to be with the Lord on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, after a short battle with lung cancer.

He was born June 26, 1932 in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico to Pablo and Francisca De Leon. He was raised in Monterrey, Mexico, and at the age of 17 he served in the military ending his service as a sergeant. At the age of 19, he was called into the ministry. He obtained his student visa and came to the U.S., where he attended the Latin American Bible Institute in Ysleta, Texas.

On Sept. 2, 1956 he married the love of his life Esther "corazon" Vera in San Jose, Calif.

He served his ministry in the states of California, Oregon and Washington until the time of his death.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Esther Vera De Leon; four daughters, Ruth (Alex) De Leon-Rivera and Jessica De Leon, both of Pasco, Frances De Leon of Victorville, Calif. and Rebecca De Leon of Chino, Calif.; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two on their way; his brother, Rev. Manuel (Eva) De Leon of Dallas, Texas; two sisters, Guadalupe Rodriguez of Dallas, Texas and Amparo Vargas of El Paso, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents Pablo and Francisca De Leon; two brothers and a sister, Ambrosio, Juan and Esperanza; two great-grandchildren, Nyia Nicole and Nathan James Sierra.

Viewing will be held Thursday Oct. 11, 2012, from noon to 6 p.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Center, 9353 West Clearwater Ave. in Kennewick, with an evening service to follow at 6 p.m. A traditional service will be held Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, at 11 a.m., followed by interment at Sunset Memorial Gardens, with a reception following at Hillcrest Memorial Center.

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Hillcrest Memorial Center in Kennewick is in charge of arrangements.


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