Juan Peña Jr.
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Juan Peña, Jr. Born in Mountain View, CA on February 19, 1969, his life was taken in a car accident caused by a drunk driver in Sunnyvale, CA on Sunday, March 19, 2006.

Juan is survived by his loving parents, Juan Sr., and Maria. One of 8 children he leaves behind his brothers, Rafael and Eddie, and sisters, Lydia Sherrill (Paul), Maria Lippert (Andre), Tina Cortinas (Vince), Lupe, and Teresa Peña. His many adoring nieces and nephews Rebecca, Brian, Sam and Cassie Sherrill, Hunter and Tatyana Lippert, Vince, Alex and Alyssa Cortinas, Candace and Anthony Briggs will all miss him terribly. He also leaves behind numerous aunts, uncles and cousins who will never forget him. His many great friends, here and in Texas, will also miss Juan's wonderful gusto for life and will cherish all the great times they shared.

Juan was a graduate of Saint Francis High School, class of 1987. He worked at Infineon (Pitney Bowes) in San Jose as the manager of shipping and receiving.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 23 from 12 noon - 9 p.m. the Vigil and Rosary also on March 23, at 7 p.m. at the Cusimano Family Colonial Mortuary, 96 El Camino Real West, Mtn. View. Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, March 24 at 9:30 a.m. at Saint Joseph Church in Mtn. View. Interment will be held at the Gate of Heaven in Los Altos, with a reception at St. Joseph Church immediately following.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in his memory to: the Saint Francis High School memorial endowment fund in Juan's name. For more information and photos: www.sherrill.us/juan.

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in San Jose Mercury News from Mar. 21 to Mar. 22, 2006.
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March 15, 2020
Dear Juan,
I still keep a candle burning in my heart for you, I miss you, but because of you I remember to always try to be a kinder, better person. Your memory lives on with me.
Your Friend Always,
Kay
Kristel Springer
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April 14, 2016
To all of Juan's family and friends, I was neighbors with Juan and Mark in El Paso and became good friends with Juan at that time. He was such a cool, funny, smart, kind, lovable guy whose smile was as big as his heart. We shared an interest in books, movies, music, and sports. He taught me to be more open minded, and to love the San Jose Sharks, Frank Sinatra, and Shrimp on pizza. He always beat me at darts and trivia, and let me win at tennis, like the true gentleman he was. I am a Red Sox fan but he tried hard to convert me into a Giants fan, and we often argued about which was better the American League or the National League. He would have been so pumped about his Giants recent World Series wins after such a long dry spell. Sadly, I lost track of him when I moved back to Maine. I only recently learned of his passing, and I can't believe he has been gone for 10 years. While I was just one of many people who loved him dearly, he was integral to me becoming the person I am today. I wish that I had been a bigger part of his life, he was truly a unique and wonderful person, and I know how much he loved all of you for he spoke of you all often. I am so very sorry for your loss, the world seems diminished without him in it. I will cherish his memory forever. May God Bless and comfort you all. Juanito, my friend I will see you again for while death takes the body, and God takes the spirit, our mind holds the memories, and our heart holds the love, while our Faith tells us that we will meet again.
Kristel (Kay) Springer (Hock)
September 9, 2013
Group from Denton to Juarez Mexico
September 8, 2013
Dear Pena family, it's been almost 20 years since I spoke with Juan and was going through my boxes of memories and found pictures of out trip to Juarez Mexico in 1995. Then I found a post card from him when he moved back to Mountain View. I decided to try to reconnect with him and found that he passed. My heart is so heavy right now and I wish I would have kept in touch with him, his heart was one of the most genuine that I have ever met. I know it's been some time but my prayers are with you.

I'm sitting next to Juan in the photo.
Kristi Leonard
July 15, 2011
Hello Pena Family

This is VJ who worked with Teresa and totally lost touch with her.
I need her number.
Can someone convey this message to her so she can call me.
Vijaya Tummala
July 13, 2011
just stopping in to say hi to Juan where ever he maybe. Still thinking about you.
michelle
August 30, 2010
Dear Juan,

I haven't hung out with you since we were at St. Francis but remember you and the gang well. My heart goes out to you and your family. May Gog bless your soul. God Bless.

Rick Tijero
February 20, 2010
Dearest Juan,
Today we should have celebrated your 41st birthday with you. Instead, we gathered to commemorate your life. In our large, tight-knit family, there are so many celebrations that are not complete without you. Today I would have teased you about how old you're getting..but I bet you still wouldn't have a single gray hair! And I know you'd give up beer for Lent, and we'd debate whether or not "barley wine" is considered a beer!
One of our favorite bands still rocks the house during their shows...but those concerts are always bittersweet without my concert buddy there to make fun of the "hippy dancers".
Raising my glass to toast a great brother on his birthday. You are greatly missed.
Peace,
Your big sis,
Lydia
Lydia Pena-Sherrill
March 20, 2009
I can't believe it's been three years since you've been gone. I miss you terribly and think of you often. I finallly had a dream about you and you told me that your okay and to say hi to everyone for you. Until we meet again, i miss u big bro and love you.

your sis, Lupe
Lupe Pena
December 13, 2008
Hi. I remember Juan. I went to Saint Francis for 2 years and the man was good, period, for sure. His way was to be light and not judge others whatsoever, and most importantly, he left every moment making the other person smile, no matter what was up. He was good people, a good man, as my wife and I say in Chile, "..Huevon mi amigo, no es por siempre!" -this, the worst word in our vocabulary (huevon) is the same word that we reserve only for the best people, but the "tone" of this expression is "eternal saludos" which only goes for the one who smiles in memory of "friend", but in a lifetime.
steve howry
June 25, 2008
My Cousin Juanito how I remember your smile so well....YOU ARE MISSED AND LOVED....YOU ARE NOW IN THE HEAVENS ABOVE WITH GRANDMA DE LEON AND ALL GODS ANGELS....
Rosalynda Garcia A.K.A. De Leon
July 6, 2007
My condolences to the family. I had not seen Juan in many years but I remember him well.
Paul M.
May 23, 2007
Hey all, just checkin out the site again. Hope your all doing well. Juan I miss you man.

Peace all,

Tom
Tom Nowicki
March 19, 2007
I can't believe it's been a year. I still have Juan's emails and his name is still in my IM address's I just can't bring myself to delete them. I only knew Juan a short time email buddies/phone buddies we were going to meet after St. Pat's so news of his tragic accident was really shocking to me. You really never know. Because of Juan, everyday I try to live life to the fullest. I tell my children and loved ones that I love them each and every day! I tell my friends to be aware on the roadways as they travel because you never know.
I pray for Juan's family to find peace.
Hugs to you all
Leah Clark
February 22, 2007
February 19th is Juan's birthday, and this year is our first time celebrating without him.

Dearest Juan,
I miss you every day and think of our time together and cry. Celebrating your birthday was especially hard, but we got together and shared our memories of you. We made birthday cards and sent them via balloons up to heaven. My heart aches as I struggle to accept that you are really gone forever. And I thank God that I had so many great years being your big sister and your friend.

Love you and miss you,

Your sister,
Lydia Peña-Sherrill
January 25, 2007
Dear Pena family,
I would like to extend my deapest Sympathy, I do not know you nor did I know your son. I too suffered a loss due to a drunk driver, and I know your pain. On December 31, 2005 I was hit by a drunk driver and my brother, that was in the car with me was killed.
I just wanted to tell you that my prayers are with your son and your family.
Luisa Ortiz
September 19, 2006
To my tio/tia (and godparents), Juan & Mary, and the entire Pena family,
May Juanito and God both be with you as they always have been, and they always will be. We are all better because of them. Love you.
Henry Estrada
April 13, 2006
MY BOYFRIEND, GREGG CARMOUCHE, WORKED WITH JUAN AT VOERTMAN'S BOOKSTORE IN DENTON, TX...WE JUST FOUND OUT ABOUT JUAN LAST NIGHT. GREGG WANTED ME TO CONVEY HIS DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO JUAN'S FAMILY AND FRIENDS.
RAYE ANN BYNUM
April 7, 2006
Dear Pena Family,
My deepest sympathy to you all. I work with Paul at Genentech and live in Mtn View and passed the flower memorial not knowing this was Paul's brother-in-law. Now I will be sure to say a prayer each and every time I pass by for this special person in your lives.
Kathy Rinaldi
March 30, 2006
Dear Pena family,

I am sorry to hear about your loss and this tragic senseless act that took Juan. I work closely with Paul at Genentech and heard about this and wanted to let you and Paul know that you are in my prayers.
Larry
Larry Oeffinger
March 25, 2006
Our hearts and prayers go out to your family. May God Bless you in your journey.
Jennifer , Steven, Max, and Matthew Michaels
March 25, 2006
Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family. We remember Juan as an easy going Little Leaguer on my Eddies baseball team.
Jess & Linda Liles
March 24, 2006
To the Pena Family:

I didn't know Juan personally but my sister was involved in the tragic accident that took his life. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. From what I have heard your son was a beautiful man and touched many peoples lives. Although it is hard to understand why someone innocent was taken from the world this way, I know he is in a much better place now. May God Bless You All.

~Vanessa B. Coates~
Vanessa Coates
March 24, 2006
To the Pena Family,

My heart goes out to you during this very tragic time. I personally did not know Juan but there hasn't been a day since the accident that I do not think about him. I cannot imagine the horrible pain that you must be going through at this time. I am truly sorry for your horrible and tragic loss. He will forever be in my mind. May he rest in peace.

-Jessica
(3rd party in the accident)
Jessica
March 24, 2006
Dearest Pena family-
My deepest regards go to all of you. I was a witness to this terrible crime and can not imagine what all of you are going through right now. I didn't know Juan, but I feel like a part of him will always be with me now because I saw him during his last few moments. I am so sorry this happened and please know that Juan is now in a better place. If there is anything I can do, please don't hesitate to email or call me. May God bless you all.
Alexis Coates
March 24, 2006
Pena Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. May God bless you and keep you strong through this difficult time.
Cindy, Richard, Joseph, Amanda Crocker
March 24, 2006
Mr. & Mrs. Pena and family. I knew Juan through my daughter Felice. Whenever Juan spoke to Felice he always said to say "hi". I can imagine your suffering over his loss and want to tell you that my prayers are with you. Your son was a young man that I'm sure you were proud of and he will be miss by and remembered by all those who knew him. I know that God has surrounded Juan with his love and grace.
Mildred & Hal Davis
Mildred Bryson-Davis
March 23, 2006
Dear Lupe and Pena family,

The word of God assures us, "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted." I will continue to pray that God will comfort you and give you strength to get through this difficult time.
B. Rieken
March 23, 2006
My heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to the Pena family. I will always remember the beautiful friendship he and my son, Dino, had. Juan was a joy to have around and will be missed by all. My heart aches for all of you. Anna Vittoria
Anna Vittoria
March 23, 2006
Juan was truly a great person, and I was deeply saddened to hear the news of his passing. I will miss his stories, his phone calls,his opinions on everything and anything. That dry sense of humor that always made me laugh, cause it was unique to Juan. My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Pena family..and may the memories of Juan help you thru this difficult time. God Bless..
Andrea Aguilera
March 23, 2006
May faith and family give you the support you need during this difficult time. Juan and the Pena family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Adriana Beckett
March 23, 2006
Tina & Family: I'm very sorry for your loss and hope that you can find peace with God's help. I'm here if you need help. Aloha no, Yvonne
Yvonne Duvauchelle
March 23, 2006
To The Pena Family,
Our deepest condolences to all of you.
Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you through this difficult time.
Que Dios Los Cuide.
Cindy, Tom, Megan & Laura Patten
March 23, 2006
To Teresa and Family
Iam so sorry to hear of this tragic loss.You will all be in my prayers.During these hard times you all need to be strong and please take care of yourselves.
Vijaya Tummala
March 23, 2006
I never met anyone so nice and kind harted. He was someone you never forget. I will miss him and never forget. "Adios amigo adios"
Eric Allen
March 22, 2006
MY PRAYERS AND THOUGTHS TO THE PENA
FAMILY,JUAN WILL BE MISSED VERY MUCH
WE MET AT INFINEON,HE WAS SUCH A GREAT GUY.
TE EXTRANARE MUCHISIMO AMIGO!!!
DIOS ESTE CONTIGO.
JESUS ANDRADE
March 22, 2006
Our thoughts & prayers go out to Juan's Family & friends. I had the pleasure of meeting Juan, whenever I would visit my Uncle Dino Vittoria in California.
Paul Reyes
March 22, 2006
Our Thoughts and Prayers go out to the Pena family.May God Bless You All with great strength. Lucy & Mike Reyes, sister & brother-in-law of Dino Vittoria
Lucy Reyes
March 22, 2006
My heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to Juan's family.

May his beautiful memories bring you comfort, peace, and strength with God's love.
Pamela Santos
March 22, 2006
The last time I saw Juan was at a show I played at the Brit not too long ago. I remember talking to him quite clearly because he kept making me laugh. He wondered why we didn't play the song The Trooper and I said we never got around to it. So...for Juan our band will learn that song and dedicate it to him where ever we play. My most sincere
condolences to his family.
David Sandoval
March 22, 2006
Juan and Maria, Please accept my condolences for the lose of you son. Over the years, I have met Juan, Jr. at several family functions and he was a very kind hearted person that had so much to give. I will also grieve for your lose. Sincerely, SC
Sheila Canter
March 22, 2006
Our hearts go out to the entire Pena family. We know Lydia and Paul through their son Brian,who was our son Kyle's best friend when they were classmates at St. Joseph School together. You are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless you all. Karen and Andy McIntyre and Family
Karen McIntyre
March 22, 2006
I worked with Juan at Infineon. It was a shock to everyone here. He will be missed. My prayers go out to his family.
Louisa Lemus
louisa lemus
March 22, 2006
My prayers to Juan's family. I had met Juan through my daughter Christen. I knew him to be a very kind and good hearted person. The world will suffer his loss but do not let your grief lessen his gifts. Be as you know he would want you to be. Namaste, Sanny
Sanny McCann
March 22, 2006
I met Juan a couple of times thru mutual firends and what I remember is a sweet, fun-loving person. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. God bless.
Ana Flores
March 22, 2006
I was a witness at the site of the crash.

I am truly disheartend to see such a senseless tragedy happen to anyone.

My heart goes out to Juan's Family and Friends. You all deserve more than this. Keep your head up and believe that Juan is in a better place.

Life is a delicate and temporary thing. Take the time to live your days to the fullest and tell all your friends and family that you love them.

Sincerely,
Curtis Meacham
March 22, 2006
Lupe, please "Cast your cares on the Lord for He cares for you" 2 Peter 5:7. You and your family have my deepest sympathy. I will be praying for your strength as you suffer through your hours of pain.
Bobbie Arnold
March 22, 2006
I DIDN'T KNOW JUAN VERY WELL, I'M MOTHERINLAW TO MARIA PENA LIPPERT.
IT'S HARD TO LOSE A LOVE ONE, I DON'T KNOW WHERE TO START, MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE FOR THE PENA PARENTS AND FAMILY.
GOD BLESS
GLORIA FRANCO
March 22, 2006
We are sadden to hear what has happened to Juan. He was such a kind and friendly guy. Our prayers go out to Juan and your family. May your memories help you thru this difficult time. He will be missed!

Love,

Abarca & Family
Veronica & Miguel Abarca
March 22, 2006
My condolence to the family of late Juan Pena. You will be in my prayers.
Agnes Tuazon
March 22, 2006
I jnew Juan from the time he started to work with Pitney Bowes. I actually trained him at his first assignment. Juan was a good man and will be missed. My thoughts are with you.
Frank Bonner
March 22, 2006
I didn't know Juan very well, but I'm motherinlaw of Maria Lippert.
It's hard to lose a love one, I don't know where to start, but my thoughts and prayer are for all the Pena Family.
God bless
Gloria Franco
March 22, 2006
Dear Pena Family ~
My heart and prayers go out to you all for your loss. I didn't know Juan, but worked with Lupe, who is a very caring person; believed Juan was too. God be with you,
Evie Carr
March 22, 2006
We had the pleasure of meeting Juan during our short stay in Mtn. View. It was truly a pleasure to meet him. He had a very quick wit and always was a true friend to my brother Dino. On behalf of the Vittoria family, we wish to express our deepest saddness to his parents, sisters and brothers for the suddened death of Juan. Our prayers are with you during this time of grief. God Bless you all.
Benny Vittoria
March 22, 2006
I DIDNT KNOW JUAN VERY WELL BUT HAVE MANY FOND MEMORIES OF JUAN SINGING AND I KNOW KARAOKE WILL NEVER BE THE SAME WITHOUT HIM OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO HIS FAMILY WE LOVE YOU JUAN THANKS FOR ALL THE FUN TIMES
MICHELLE
March 21, 2006
I don't know where to begin. Sometimes we wonder why bad things happen to good people. None of us really have the answer. Juan had the best heart that he shared with his family & friends. We will all miss him.
Felice Bryson-Santana
March 21, 2006
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Working with Juan was a pleasure..
Jelene Quenga
March 21, 2006
To the parents of Juan and his entire family, our deepest condolences. You are in our prayers. Joan & Amedeo Parente, sister(brother-in-law) of Dino Vittoria.
Joan Parente
March 21, 2006
I didn’t know Juan on a personal level, but on a professional one. The little time we interacted at Infineon, he came across as a wonderful, kind person. He will be missed by his friends and loved ones.
Yolanda Cisneros
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