JUAN EDUARDO “JOHNNY’ MONDRAGON
November 3, 1939-July 23, 2018
Juan Eduardo “Johnny” Mondragon, age 78, with his family at his bedside went home to be with the Lord on Monday, July 23, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas.
Juan, also known as Johnny and Popo, was born on November 3rd, 1939 in Corpus Christi to Alfonso N. and Cecilia Mondragon who have preceded him in death. Juan was the oldest of nine siblings and graduated from Roy Miller High School. After high school, Juan enrolled in the Army and was honorably discharged and returned to his family in the late Sixties.
As a loving husband and father, Juan worked at Reynolds Metals for many years where he pursued welding. In the latter part of the 1970’s, Juan relocated to Houston, Texas and became a welding instructor at the Houston Community College for many years and returned to Corpus Christi to work at the Naval Air Station. In the 1980’s, Juan relocated to San Antonio, Texas because that’s where his children resided and fell in love with the history of the Alamo and became a Spurs fan!!
Juan had an unwavering love for his children, Melinda, Julian and John. In fact, he took an active part in coaching their little league baseball teams for many years. As a father, Juan was strict and loud on the outside but a very sensitive, loving and supportive father who had a beautiful soul on the inside.
Juan took pride in teaching his two sons, Julian and John, how to hunt at his ranch down in Freer, Texas. Throughout the years, Juan became an avid collector of Oldies music and western movies, which included his favorite actor of all time, John Wayne. Now unbeknownst to his children, Juan must have had some hidden stock in Hallmark, because he enjoyed purchasing cards throughout the years to send to his loved ones.
Juan is preceded in death by his Sister, Antonia Longoria and Brothers, Martin Mondragon, Joe Luis Mondragon and Cecilio Mondragon, Jr. Juan is also preceded by his wonderful grandson, Matthew Mondragon, who attended Texas A&M and his beloved dog Tom.
Juan is survived by his former spouse and friend, Lucy Edwards and his children, Melinda Mondragon Garriga (Jose’ Luis); Julian Mondragon and John Mondragon; grandchildren; Marcus (Shelby) Mondragon, Gabriella Garriga and Isabella Garriga.
Juan is survived by his sisters, Micaela Reyna, Ramona (Andres) Sanchez, Rosario Pena, Carolina White; Brothers Jose Felipe (Carolina) Mondragon, Jose Alfonso Mondragon, Sister-in-law, Maria M. Mondragon and Brother-in-law, Nicolas Longoria.
Juan is survived by many loving cousins, nieces and nephews, extended family members and friends.
The family would like to thank the amazing doctors and nurses at the University Medical Center Hospital in San Antonio for their compassion and caring services during this difficult time for us. A special thanks to Dr. Gregory Brunin for his assistance.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 29th, with a Celebration of Life for Juan with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. at the Corpus Christi Funeral Home.
A Funeral Mass to celebrate will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, July 30th at St. Joseph Catholic Church on 19th Street.
Interment will follow at Rose Hill Memorial Park where Juan will be laid to rest next to his brother Cecilio Mondragon, Jr.
Juan loved all kinds of animals but was especially fond of dogs. In lieu of flowers, the family would like to suggest to make a donation to your favorite animal shelter in his honor. He would really appreciate that. Thank you.