Margarito “M.J.” Juarez, 92, of Baytown, passed away Wednesday, October 31, 2018, in Texas City, surrounded by his loving family.
M.J. was born March 6, 1926 in Galveston, to parents; Eleuterio and Isabel Llanez Juarez. He was a dry wall contractor by trade and was very skilled at it. M.J. was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and devoted to his faith. He served the US Army during WW II with the 66TH Infantry Division, better known as the “Black Panther Division” in Northern France. During the war, the 66TH carried out its objective by harassing German instillations, limited objective attacks, and running reconnaissance missions to gather intelligence. The battles the 66TH were a part of played a pivotal role in ending Nazi occupation in Northern France. He was very proud of his service to his country. M.J. was a great cook and participated in many cooking fundraisers. He also enjoyed billiards, darts, and loved a good game of poker.
Mr. Juarez was preceded in death by his parents, brothers: Gregorio Juarez, Eleuterio Juarez, Jr., Julio Juarez, Silvester Juarez, and Salvador Juarez., and sisters: Mary Venegas and Gumicinda Martinez. He is survived by his son: Anthony Juarez and wife Marie, daughter: Pamela Johnson and husband Larry, six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, numerous other relatives, and friends.