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JUAN PEDRO MATA WESLACO - Juan Pedro Mata, 50, Beloved Son, Brother, Uncle and Friend, passed away Friday evening June 6, 2014, at Knapp Medical Center following a sudden illness. Born Dec. 5, 1963 in Weslaco, TX. to Adolfo G. and Monica P. Mata. He was a 1982 graduate of Weslaco High School where he excelled in high school baseball. He was best known as "Mr. Weslaco" for his continued support of Weslaco sports. He was a diehard Panther fan and the voice of the press box during Weslaco Panther baseball games since 1998. He loved playing the introductory music for the baseball players as well as entertaining the crowd. His unselfish approach to life was symbolic in his service to his family. He dedicated his life to being that one person you could count on for any favor from a simple drive to a doctor to picking up a friend's son at the other end of the Valley. His family considered him as an over qualified taxi driver without pay. His trademark statement "" Lives in our hearts. For Juan Mata, in the end "All is Well". He was preceded in death by his father Adolfo G. Mata and his sister in law Leticia Barrera Mata. He will be truly missed by his mom Monica P. Mata, Sisters Mary D. (Orlando) Cantu, Ana Mata, Alicia Mata, Emilia (Merardo) De Leon Jr., Luisa (Jeff) Riemersma, brothers Arnold (Anne) Mata and Lino Mata. His is also survived by numerous nephews and nieces, who saw him as a second father, grand nephews and grand nieces. Visitation will take place Monday, June 9, 2014 from 5 p.m.to 9 p.m. with a rosary at 7 p.m. and on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, from 1 p.m.to 9 p.m. with a rosary at 7 p.m. at McCaleb Funeral Home chapel. A funeral mass will be celebrated Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 10 a.m. at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church with interment to follow at Highland Memorial Park. Serving as pallbearers will be his beloved nephews; Dustin Mata, Samuel Mata, Daniel Mata, Steven Mata, Isaac De Leon, Isaiah De Leon, Adolfo Mata. Serving as Honorary pallbearers will be; Gabriel Mata, Adolfo Mata and Joshua Riemersma. Arrangements are under the direction of McCaleb Funeral Home 900 W. 4th Weslaco, TX 78596, for more information please go to www.mccalebfuneralhome.com Sign the guest book at www.themonitor.com/obituaries
Published in The Monitor on June 9, 2014
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