Juan F. Velasco, of Alamogordo, died on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at Sierra Medical Center in El Paso, Texas. He was 72. He was born on May 15, 1942, in Parral (Chih) Mexico, to Jose and Catalina Velasco (deceased).
In 1962, he married Presiliana Avila (Velasco), daughter of Leonardo and Trinidad Avila (also deceased) and together they had five children, Juan F. Velasco Jr., Alonzo Velasco (U.S. Navy
, retired), Yolanda Velasco-Romero (George), Isabel Velasco-Benson (Simon) and Saul Velasco.
He served in the U.S. Army
from 1962-1969, honorably discharged upon his return due to injuries from Vietnam thus a Disabled American Veteran. He received numerous campaign medals and personal awards to include the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal and Overseas Medal.
He was authorized the Army Airborne Jump Wings, Combat Infantryman Badge, and Army Sharpshooter Badge (Rifle M-14).
He will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Presiliana Avila Velasco, their five children and 12 grandchildren, Juan Velasco III, Gabriel Velasco, Mykel Velasco, Estevan Velasco Romero, Amelia Velasco, Andrew Velasco, Patricia Romero, Jordan Velasco, Ariel Benson, Christian Romero, Scotti Velasco, and Monica Romero.
Juan is also survived by sisters: Margarita Martinez of El Paso, Texas; Estella Valle of Alamogordo; and brothers: Ricardo Velasco of El Paso, Texas; Luis Velasco of Alamogordo, and Gustavo Velasco also of Alamogordo; his uncle, Samuel Velasco of El Paso, Texas and numerous nephews and nieces.
Juan was preceded in death by his sister Eva Amato, one brother Froylan Velasco and a niece Lilly Furphy.
A memorial service will be held at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 705 Delaware St. on June 25, at 11 a.m., with the Rosary read at 10 a.m. The internment will be at Immaculate Conception Cemetery, 1301 First St., immediately following the Mass.