Juan Vinales

  • "Dearest Family Dennis & I are so sorry to hear of the loss..."
    - Dennis & Marty Bannatyne
  • "Juan Jr. and family, I am very sorry for your loss."
    - kathryn fuller
  • "Juan, you have touched our lives with wonder, great love..."
    - Martha (Brower) Stewart
  • "many thanks dad for everything you have done for us..."
    - miguel vinlaes
  • "Leticia,I know it has been years since we have talked to..."
    - Donna Jaskuloski

Longtime Alaskan Juan C. Vinales, 71, died Friday evening, June 20, 2008, in Anchorage surrounded by close friends and family.
A memorial service will be at 6 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church, 10th Avenue and L Street, where Mr. Vinales was a member for more than 30 years.
Mr. Vinales was born March 30, 1937, in Paraguay. He was raised in Argentina, where he met his beautiful wife, Leticia, and started a family.
After arriving in Alaska in May 1977, he found work on the trans-Alaska oil pipeline. Not long afterward, he established his own business, Euro-American Auto Repair, which he operated until just recently.
"Mr. Vinales was always an adventurer and outdoorsman and that love is what brought him here to Alaska with $37 in his pocket and a desire and drive to succeed," his family wrote. "With no English skills, Mr. Vinales adapted quickly and worked hard to bring up his family. All his hard work has paid off as he has raised a family and business, able to achieve and see so much in his lifetime.
"(He) was a caring, compassionate man who touched many lives in many ways. He was a great father, husband, teacher and role model to all of us and he will surely be missed."
Mr. Vinales is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Leticia B. Vinales; daughter, Virginia Vinales; sons, Juan and Miguel Vinales; daughter-in-law, Erica Vinales; pets, Black Beauty, Pretty Bird and all the birds in the household, as well as "granddogs," Mia and Chuey; and many friends throughout the years.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been set up with Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, account 1396517. Condolences may be sent to 1931 Olympic Drive, Anchorage 99515.

Published in Anchorage Daily News from June 25 to June 26, 2008