McAllen - Juan "Johnny" Gonzalez, 51, entered eternal rest Monday, July 5, 2021.
Johnny spent his final days exactly how his friends and family would have imagined. He went to a concert and relaxed on the beach in South Padre. He passed away in his sleep after spending the night laughing and enjoying the company of good friends. Born in McAllen, Johnny grew up in Pharr and graduated as a member of the PSJA class of 1988. Johnny, always in search of something greater, left to Austin and attended St. Edward's University. In Austin, he made fast and lifelong friends among his fellow Hilltoppers. He was instrumental in helping develop the Delta Sigma Pi fraternity and was chosen as their President. Johnny excelled at business and finance and graduated with a double major. He returned to South Texas eager to put his new degrees to work. A longtime member of the Lone Star National Bank family, Johnny continued to develop strong and lasting business relationships. Although he loved banking and his customers, Johnny also ventured into construction and development. He founded Onix Construction, LLC and expressed himself in the custom homes he built. He expanded his professional network by joining and being an active member of the Pharr Rotary Club, where he was well known for the levity and excitement he brought to their events. While he loved his business, it was never Johnny's pride and joy. His sons were the lights of his life. His sons Sebastian, Alek, and Alan were the driving force behind everything he did. The boys were constantly on his mind and he dedicated his free time to support them and their achievements. Anyone who knew Johnny could see that he was a devoted son. His best friend and father, Oscar Gonzalez of Pharr, enjoyed and spent many memorable days fishing, golfing, and traveling with Johnny. He also was a constant support to his late mother, Maria Minerva Gonzalez. His family finds comfort in knowing they are now reunited. His most loyal ally was his sister, Melissa Gonzalez of McAllen. The two siblings were inseparable, and their love for each other's families knew no boundaries. Johnny was a constant support and guide for his nephew Omar Romero, of McAllen, and the protector of his nieces Danielle Guitierrez and Victoria Miramontez, both of McAllen. Surrounded by his numerous cousins and relatives Johnny was always hosting a BBQ or party. His laughter and infectious happiness will be missed by his bountiful friends. Johnny's heart belonged to his partner, Patricia Ruiz, who would always be at his side supporting him and his family. The light and joy she brought into his life were felt by all those around him. Johnny was a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church of McAllen.
Johnny is preceded in death by his mother, Minerva "Renee" Gonzalez.
Johnny is survived by his partner, Patricia Ruiz; three sons, Juan Sebastian, Alek Oscar, Alan Roberto Gonzalez; his father, Oscar Gonzalez; a sister, Melissa Gonzalez; a nephew, Omar X. Romero; two nieces, Danielle (Gerardo) Gutierrez, Victoria Miramontez; a grandnephew, Lucas Gutierrez; a grandniece, Isabella Gutierrez; his partner's daughters, Hailee and Brenda Castillo; his partner's grandchildren, Emery and Evan Urbina; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., with a 6 p.m. rosary Thursday, July 8, 2021, at Memorial Funeral Home in San Juan. Funeral service will take place at 2 p.m. Friday, July 9, 2021, at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in McAllen. Interment will follow at Palm Valley Memorial Gardens in Pharr. His family has asked his lifelong friends Mark Aguilar, Luis Garza, Judge Jerry Muniz, Steven Salazar, Michael Sauceda, and Mario Vela to serve as his pallbearers.
Funeral services are under the direction of Memorial Funeral Home of San Juan.
Published by The Monitor on Jul. 8, 2021.