John L. Garcia passed away Wednesday, June 25, surrounded by loved ones.
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He was born June 22, 1958 in Los Angeles, Calif. He was raised in Los Angeles, and graduated from Bell Gardens High School in 1976. He moved to Las Vegas to attend New Mexico Highlands University, and graduated with a B.A. in history. He worked at the New Mexico Highway Department of Transportation for 25 years, and retired in 2007.
John was an ambitious man who enjoyed spending time with family, playing basketball, working on his parent's ranch, and cooking for his family, especially during the holidays.
While attending Highlands, he met his loving wife of 34 years, Ann Garcia. Together, they raised their four sons in Las Vegas. In 1999, they moved to his parent's ranch in Ledoux. He enjoyed working on the ranch raising cattle, branding, irrigating and fixing fences.
He is preceded in death by his father, Juan L. Garcia; mother, Juanita E. Garcia; brother, Tom Garcia; father-in-law, Elfido Mondragon; and brothers-in-law, Bennie and Leo Mondragon.
He is survived by his wife, Ann Garcia; son, Justin Garcia; son, Johnathon Garcia and wife, Kendra Garcia; son, Joshua Garcia; son, Fernando Mondragon; granddaughter, Jaliyah Garcia; sister, Stella Estrada and husband, Humberto Estrada; sister, Joyce Santos; sister, Della Martinez and husband, Ed Martinez; sister, Debbie Casaus and husband, Frank Casaus; brother, Ben Santos and fiancée, Martha Montaño; brother-in-law, Aurturo Mondragon and wife, Clara Mondragon; sister-in-law, Bernice Mondragon; sister-in-law, Fabby Mondragon and numerous nephews, nieces and godchildren.
Rosary services will be conducted at 7 p.m. today (Friday) at St. Gertrudes Church in Mora. Funeral Mass will be conducted at noon Saturday at St. Gertrudes Church. Cremation will follow Mass. Burial of his cremains will be at a later date.
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Arrangements are under the direction of Rogers Mortuary; 600 Reynolds Ave., Las Vegas, 87701, 1-800-479-3511 or 425-3511.
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Published in Las Vegas Optic on June 27, 2014