Mr. Juan L. Alvarez(1919 - 2007)

Juan L. Alvarez, 88, of Las Cruces was called by his Heavenly Father into his care on Saturday, June 9, 2007 at La Posada. Juan, known to many as "Johnny" was born April 21, 1919 in Las Cruces to Jose Ignacio Alvarez and Josefa Trujillo Lucero. Juan is the last of the Lucero-Alvarez generation to depart this earthly life. We want to celebrate his life by remembering him as a hard working man. As a young man, he was a famer and loved to grow sweet potatoes and work in the cotton fields. He was a federal employee with the International Boundary Commission and he retired as a heavy equipment operator. He was known to many as a jack-of-all-trades which included playing his guitar in "Los Casinos" band with his daughter, Marty; a rock hound, a miner, a carpenter, an inventor, a tailor of mariachi attire and an avid outdoors man. He always had a funny joke and a story to share with anyone who would listen. His exaggerations will be remembered by all.
Juan is survived by a half sister living in California, Connie Kunkle, his daughters Eva A. Trujillo and husband Ray, Elosia A. Chavez, Mary Ellen Telles and husband Sonny, and Marty Alvarez-English and partner Iris and ex-son-in-law Richard B. English. He is survived by his grandchildren Jennifer English; Evelyn, Ray Paul Trujillo; and Elvira and Santana Rea; John, Bobby, Matthew, Billy, and Steven Telles, Karen T. Bean; and Joseph Chavez and an adopted grandson Randy Schwartz. He is also survived by ten great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Eliza G. Alvarez, sisters Delfina A. Tellez and Belen A. Padilla, twin brother George L. Alvarez, seven half brothers and sister, daughter Evelyn G. Alvarez, son Johnny L. Alvarez, grandson Jeremiah English.
Serving as pallbearers will be Joseph Chavez, Billy Telles, John Telles, Steven Telles, Tom Tellez, Jr. and Ray Paul Trujillo.
Juan will have a visitation from 6:00-7:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 12, 2007 at Graham's Mortuary Chapel, 555 W. Amador, Las Cruces. A prayer vigil will follow at 7:00 p.m. in the chapel. Funeral mass will be 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 13, 2007 at St. Genevieve's Catholic Church with burial to follow at Masonic Cemetery. 
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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on June 12, 2007