Former Sherriff Juan Garza, 73, entered into eternal rest Friday, May 22, 2020.
Mr. Garza was a U.S. Navy Veteran who proudly served his Country during the Vietnam Era. He started serving the Laredo community with his law enforcement career as a City of Laredo Police officer in September 1969 where he then made his way on to becoming an investigator. In 1973, he briefly went to Dallas, TX, to work with the Dallas Ft. Worth airport Police Dept., He was a trainer in the Detection of narcotics and later on became a member of the anti-air piracy unit. In 1981, he initiated the Laredo Crime Stoppers program that still continues on to this day. In 1988 he was elected Webb County Sheriff where he proudly served for over 16 years. He eventually ended his career as the Laredo Independent School District Chief of Police in 2008. Former Sheriff Garza proudly served his community for over 35+ years.
He is preceded by his, mother, Rebecca Garza; relatives, Refugio “Cuco” ✝Paola (Lita) Garza from Dallas, TX, Joe✝ (Margie) Garza from Laredo, TX, Gustavo (Graciela) Davila✝, Raquel (Jesus) Faz✝from San Antonio, Texas, Amelia Lira✝ from Oilton, TX, and Ninfa (Jesus) Herrera✝from Agua Dulce, TX.
Left to cherish his memory are his children, Cynthia (Jose Aguilar Jr.) Garza, Juan Garza Jr., Jesse Garza, Claudia (Juan Melchor) Garza, Jessica (Troy) Caldron, Stacy Gail Garza, and Amy Janel Garza; siblings, Alfonzo Vasquez, Patricia (Jorge) Magnon, Aida (Guadalupe) Chapa from Agua Dulce, TX., Elsa D. Solis from San Antonio, TX, Elma (Valdemar) Vasquez from Bruni, TX, Jesus “Chuy” (Ana Maria✝) Davila, from Oilton, TX; grandchildren, nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.
The family will be receiving guests Thursday, May 28, 2020, at Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. A Holy Rosary will start at 7:00 pm. Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 29, 2020, at the Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services chapel. A chapel service will begin at 10:00 am. Military Honors will be provided by American Legion Post 59 of Laredo and Presentation of the U.S. Flag will be provided by the U.S. Navy Honor Guard. Interment will follow to the Laredo City Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Juan Garza Jr., Jesse Garza, Jose Morales, Christopher Garcia, Jose Aguilar, Juan Melchor, Godson – Rick “Rico” Valasquez Jr., and Refugio “Cuco” Garza Jr. Honorary Pallbearers will be Alfonso Vasquez, George Magnon, Hugo Adriano, Rick Velasquez, and Judge Pepe Salinas.
Funeral arrangements are by Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services, 1320 Trey Dr., Laredo, Texas 78041 (956) 723-3611. For your convenience, you may sign the guest book or leave your condolences to the family online at www.freddickey.com
Date: Thursday, May 28, 2020
Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
A Holy Rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm
Date: Friday, May 29, 2020
Time: 8:00 am - 10:45 am
A Chapel Service will begin at 10:00 am