Efrain Jesus "E.J." Laurel

December 25, 1932 - January 3, 2019
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Efrain Jesus “E.J.” Laurel, 86, was called by the Lord to his resting place in heaven, Thursday, January 3, 2019.

Mr. Laurel is preceded in death by his wife Alma Diana P. Laurel; parents, Raul E. (Alicia) Laurel; brother, Raul E. (+ Jovita) Laurel Jr.; brother in law, Gabriel Ornes and nephew, Raul E. Laurel III.  He is also preceded by father-in-law; Manuel Perez.

Left to cherish his memory are his children; Efrain (Jessica) Laurel Jr., Araceli L. (Raul) Vasquez, Carlos D. (Patsy) Laurel, Clarissa (Alberto) Elizondo and Diedra Lizcano; grandchildren, Michelle Buhr, Efrain Laurel III, Erick Laurel, Raul Laurel, Jennifer Gonzalez, Roy Vasquez, Steven and Andrea Laurel, Jessica Matos and Michael Elizondo, Ryan, Max, Olivia and Sofia Cantu; great – grandchildren, Sadie, Zeke, Celine, Trey and Jacob; siblings, Yolanda L. Ornes and Imelda Laurel; and mother-in-law, Herminia Perez.

The family would like to express their utmost gratitude to his caregivers, Miralda, Paty, Alma, Elena and Jesse, also a special thank you to Siloe Home Health, Estrella Provider Services, Dr. Carlos Orces, Dr. Carlos Cigarroa, Dr. Benson Huang, and Dr. Olayinka Holt and in conclusion to the wonderful group of Nurses on Wheels.

The family will receive guests, Monday, January 7, 2019, from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services.  A rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm.  Funeral service will be held Tuesday, January 8, 2019, at the Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services chapel. Interment will follow at the Calvary Catholic Cemetery.  Military honors will be provided by the United States Air Force.

Funeral arrangements are by Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services, 1320 Trey Dr. Laredo, TX 78041 (956)723-3611.  You may leave condolences to the family online at www.freddickey.com


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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Monday, January 7, 2019

Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services


1320 Trey Dr.
Laredo, Texas 78041

Rosary: 7:00 pm

Service Information

Date: Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Time: 10:00 am

Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services


1320 Trey Dr.
Laredo, Texas 78041

Chapel Service: 10:00 am

Cemetery Information

Date: Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Time: 11:00 am

Calvary Catholic Cemetery


3600 McPherson Ave.
Laredo, Texas 78041


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Born: December 25, 1932
Died: January 3, 2019

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Rodolfo R. Alvarez posted on 1/9/19

Our deepest condolences to all the Efrain Laurel family. I knew Efrain for a long time. He was an excellent friend. May he Rest in Peace.


Annie Serna posted on 1/9/19

Sally and family of Mr. E.J. Laurel. My deepest condolences on the passing of your Dad and family member. May Mr. Laurel rest in peace and may perpetual light shine upon him.


Juan Guerra posted on 1/7/19

I worked with E.J. In Customs and later as background investigators. He was my ‘go to’ mentor when I got stuck. He was a good man. My deepest condolences to your family. Will keep you in my prayers. God Bless. RIP!


Luis(Louie) Villarreal posted on 1/7/19

My condolences to the Laurel family. May he RIP.


Ricardo and Raquel Perez posted on 1/7/19

May you Rest In Peace Tio! Our deepest condolences to the family ?


Eustorgio “Tojo” Perez posted on 1/7/19

My deepest and most sincere condolences to the Laurel family. May the memories of the wonderful times spent with EJ serve to alleviate the grief of your loss.


Jesse M. Torrez posted on 1/7/19

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Jesse M. Torrez posted on 1/7/19

Efrain Laurel, brother and sisters, My name is Jesse Torrez. I was a Customs Agent stationed in Eagle Pass, Texas when I met your father who was there to help during Operation Intercept in the late 1960s. I didn't get to know him well because he and I were working on different activities. I knew of him because he did undercover work the same as Willie Diaz and I. I would hear that your Dad did a good job. Over the years your Dad and I kept in touch over the phone but shortly after I retired, in 1981, we lost touch. Accept my condolences on your loss. I wish I'd been able to give you all my condolences in person but it was not possible for me to attend the services. My prayers are with you all and I will say a prayer for your Dad.


Paul Provenciio posted on 1/7/19

RIP my fellow colleague. The Lord is waiting for to take guard at the border. I too was US Customs and taken to DEA at the July 1st 1973. Now have been given the wings of a Guardian Angel. Paul Provencio (retired 1994)


John Coleman posted on 1/7/19

I worked with EJ briefly in Chicago in 1984. He truly was a fine agent and someone I greatly admired for the time I knew him. In 1985, when one of our agents, Enrique Camarena was kidnapped in Mexico, I remember getting a call from EJ who was retired at the time. He offered whatever services he could provide DEA in finding Agent Camarena. Unfortunately, though, it was too late. EJ in my opinion was a true American hero is every sense of the word and I only regret I wasn't able to know him longer. May he rest in peace.


Agustin A. Laurel posted on 1/7/19

Rest In peace


Carmen Martinez posted on 1/7/19

My deepest condolences to his loved ones. My parents & Mr Laurel shared a special friendship,my dad often spoke about their college days at Texas A&I,they will definitely be glad to see each other once again! May his family feel our Lord's love, peace and comfort during the difficult days ahead.


Stephen Dowell posted on 1/6/19

To the EJ Laurel family, So sorry for The loss of your loved one. I worked with EJ in Laredo for many years. He was a fine agent and a true gentleman and will certainly be missed by all who had the honor of knowing him. Be comforted in the knowledge that our Lord and Savior is with all of you in this time of loss. RIP my brother! Steve Dowell


Olga Sara De Los Santos posted on 1/6/19

Sally my deepest condolences to you and your family. Will keep you in my prayers. God Bless.


Olga Sara De Los Santos posted on 1/6/19

Sally, my deepest condolences. Will keep you and your family in my prayers. God Bless


Eugie (Laurel) & Arturo Farias posted on 1/6/19

With deepest sympathy to the Family of beloved Tío Efrain Laurel ... Beyond what we can see the journey continues for our loved ones who reach their eternal glory in heaven with our Lord Savior. Our Dad, Servando E. Laurel, Jr., enjoyed sharing heartwarming stories about spending time with his primo Efrain in their youthful years. We pray you find peace & joy as you remember the full life your father, grandfather, great grandfather & brother lived & enjoyed while surrounded by love. Blessings, Peace & Love, Eugie (Laurel) & Arturo Farías


Mrs. Servando E. (Rosita) Laurel & Family posted on 1/6/19

Sending prayers & my deepest condolences to the family of Efrain Laurel ... My husband Servando always held fond memories of playing pool with his primo Efrain in their younger days. Please know my family & I will continue to pray for all of you as you seek comfort & navigate through the coming days. With love, sympathy & hope, Mrs. Servando E. (Rosita) Laurel


Olga Nella Rodriguez Gallegos posted on 1/5/19

We offer our thoughts, prayers, and well wishes to the Laurel family during this sad time.


Jose A. Hernandez posted on 1/5/19

To the family of E.J.: I offer my most sincere and deepest sympathy. May he Rest In Peace.


Ma Antonieta Benavides posted on 1/4/19

My Dear Sally and the Laurel family’s, My most deepest condolences and prayers. May the perpetual light shine upon him and Rest In Peace. Toni (Cisneros) Benavides Cypress, Tx