Jesse Peciliano Villalobos, U.S. Marine Corps, Retired Staff Sergeant (1948-1968) nicknamed 'JP' passed away on December 15, 2020, at the age of 89 at Brook Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas. Some of JP's USMC career assignments were: Korean War; Vietnam War (twice); Operation Greenhouse (Aboard U.S.S. Curtis) 1951 Atomic Bomb Test at the Enewetak Atoll, Marshall Islands; Cuban Crisis (Aboard ship) Bay of Pigs; Jungle Warfare Training, Panama; Marine Barracks at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard; USMC Base, Okinawa; Hawthorne Naval Base Depot, Nevada; Kodiak Naval Ammo Station, Alaska and Firing Range Instructor, Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton.
Jesse was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas at 628 Jackson Street. He attended Mark Twain Middle School and Fox Tech High School. He shared his childhood with his kid brothers Frank and Ruben in after-school activities, newspaper routes, riding bikes and sports athletics. Jesse enlisted in the Marine Corps at age seventeen in memoriam of his older brother Ernest Villalobos who was KIA at Nonhigny, France, on November 15, 1944 during WWII.
After Jesse's Marine Corps retirement he returned to San Antonio, Texas to reunite with his parents and immediate family that he loved and missed so much. He began working at Trinity University and retired at age 62 as a Biology Technician.
Jesse lived a long life full of accomplishments and adventure from his boyhood to his Marine Corps career and Trinity University career as well as a husband, father, mentor, and coach. Jesse was a prior member of the San Clemente, California Moose Lodge, a hunter, fisherman, camper, barbequer, Usher at Saint Gregory the Great Catholic Church, Coach for Pop Warner Football and Catholic Youth Organization Baseball, Boy Scout Leader, Spicewood Drive Neighborhood Watchman, loved firearms sporting as well as a lifetime fan of the San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Cowboys and lover of sports in general especially good ole baseball.
Jesse's most beautiful lifetime memory was calling from Marine Corps Base, Okinawa to his Mom, Dad and his Grandmother for a quick 2 or 3 minutes at $10.00 per minute in 1950.
Jesse is preceded in death by his loving parents, Francisco Presciliano Villalobos and Juliana Villalobos (Chavez), Brothers: Ernest Villalobos, Frank J. Villalobos, Ruben Villalobos; Sisters: Rosa Arias, Connie Patterson, Esther Casillas, Isabel Mora, Cecilia Geyer, Minerva Lombrano and Beatrice Annorino; and Grandmother, Felicitas Ramirez, .
Jesse met Guadalupe Vazquez (Villalobos) at a downtown J.C. Penney that turned into a fifty-years friendship of marriage; both will be interred together for eternity at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.
Jesse is survived by his loving sons Gerard Anthony Villalobos and Jesse Preston Villalobos and loving daughter Joy Marie Alvarado (Villalobos), his sister Rosalie Trimble and sister-in-law Josefina Villalobos, as well as adopted son David Allen Villalobos, grandchildren Andrew Villalobos, Ronnie Alvarado Jr., Austin Villalobos, several more grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews across America.
Jesse was a very kind generous loving man (a very likable guy) who loved our country dearly, was a very loyal patriot to our nation and a defender of our national heritage and flag. He was very active in our nation's defense against all enemies – believing in a strong America and abiding to President John F. Kennedy's quote ""ask not what your country can do for you-ask what you can do for your country"".
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (https://www.nmcrs.org/
) Contributions can be mailed to: Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, Attn: Development 875 N. Randolph St. Ste 225, Arlington, VA 22203.
The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the medical staff at Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) for all of Jesse's medical care throughout the years as well as his end-of-life care, and a special thanks to U.S. Army Private Moore for giving my wife and me that heartwarming brief on December 5th, 2020.
Semper fidelis Dad, you lived your life to the fullest. We love you and will celebrate your great life forever. Thank you for everything you did for our family, friends and the United States of America.
VIEWING Date/Time: Wednesday, January 6, 2020 from 4-7 PM
ROSARY Date/Time: Wednesday, January 6, 2020 from 7 PM
At Mission Park Funeral Chapels North
3401 Cherry Ridge Drive, San Antonio, Texas
FUNERAL MASS Date/Time: Friday, January 8, 2020 from 12:30 PM
Funeral Mass at Saint Gregory the Great Catholic Church
700 Dewhurst Rd., San Antonio, TX 78213
INTERMENT at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery (following Mass)
Date/Time: Friday, January 8, 2020 at 2:15 PM
1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd., San Antonio, TX 78209