April 15, 2024

Juan Esquivel 
Age: 84
Died: Sunday July 10, 2016 at St. Catherine Hospital  
Born: January 27, 1932 in Sombrerete, Zacatecas, Mexico
Parents: Jose Esquivel & Manuela Rodriguez
Marriage to: Juanita Mesa on February 18, 1956 in Sombrerete, Zacatecas, Mexico. She survives

Memberships: St. Mary Catholic Church, Garden City, Kansas

Juan was born and raised in Sombrerete Zacatecas, Mexico. He worked in the Bracero Program before marrying and establishing a family. He and his family resided in Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico before immigrating to Garden City on July 4, 1977. He drove for various truck companies in the US and Mexico for over 50 years. Before retiring, he was employed at Wal-Mart, where he enjoyed greeting friends. He was a founder of the The Matachines, a traditional Indian dance group that dance for the feast of the Virgin Of Guadalupe celebrated on December 12th. The Matachines are still an active group at St. Mary Catholic Church. His favorite pastimes include: carne asadas with his family, traveling to Colorado Springs (where he was fascinated watching the wild deers on the porch.) Every opportunity, he traveled to Mexico to see his son Enrique and work on the family home, his favorite place to eat was Golden Corral followed by catching up with his friends at Wal-Mart. He liked watching baseball, The Animal Planet, CNN, and boxing when he was not out walking with his grandkids. He enjoyed shoe shining, working on cars, and sharing stories of his childhood memories to his grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his parents- Jose Esquivel & Manuela Rodriguez. Children- Martin Esquivel, Lazara Esquivel, Fernando Esquivel, Jesus Esquivel, Maria del Refugio Esquivel, Maria Esquivel, Jose Esquivel, Siblings- Antonio Esquivel, Margarita Esquivel de Martinez and grandson Jacob Nathaniel Esquivel.

Survivors:  

Wife
Juanita Esquivel The home

Children
Humberto (Norma) Esquivel Garden City, Ks
Antonio Esquivel Salina, Ks
Mela (Frank) Vigil Garden City
Juan (Katrina) Enrique Esquivel Cd. Juarez, Mexico
Laura (Manuel) Elguera Culiaca,Sinaloa Mexico
Fernando Esquivel Garden City
Maria Del Carmen (Jose) Martinez Salina
Lusi Esquivel Garden City
Chela Esquivel Wichita
Dr. Sonia Esquivel Colorado Springs, Co

Grandchildren: Sara Esquivel
Edgar Collazo
Gabriel Garcia Jr.
Shenoah Vigil-Nava
Elijah Vigil
Ricky Esquivel Jr.
Maria Margarita Esquivel
Isaac Esquivel
Paty Ruiz-Elguera
Maria Ruiz-Elguera
Guadalupe Ruiz-Elguera
Vicente Ruiz-Elguera
Viviana Ruiz -Elguera
Fernando Esquivel Jr.
Jessica Esquivel
Crystal Mora
Ashley Esquivel
Daniel Martinez
Jose Martinez Jr
Bobby Martinez
Jasmine McDowell
Dominique McDowell
A’Mharee McDowell
Kailee McDowell
Tanisha Esquivel
Aaliyah Kelly
Malik Kelly
Manny Martinez
Karina Vargas
Martin Esquivel Jr.
David Esquivel
Johnny Esquivel

54 Great Grandchildren
1 Great Great granddaughter

Siblings:

Leopoldo Esquivel Mexico City
Antonio Rodriguez Mexico City
Gabino Rodrguez Sombrerete, Zacatecas, Mexico

Calling hours: 9:00-5:00 pm Thursday July 14, 2016
At Garnand Funeral Home, 412 N 7th Street, Garden City, KS

Rosary: 7:30 pm Thursday July 14, 2016
St. Mary Catholic Church, 510 N 12th, Garden City, Kansas

Funeral Mass: 10:30 am Friday July 15, 2016

Place: St. Mary Catholic Church, 510 N. 12th, Garden City, Kansas

Celebrant: Father Charles Seiwert

Burial: Valley View Cemetery at a later date

Memorials: Juan Esquivel Memorial Fund

Condolences may be posted at www.garnandfuneralhomes.com