Saturday, February 23, 2013

Juan Carrizales, United States Marine Corps Veteran

Juan Carrizales was born in Bartlett, Texas on July 24, 1954 and passed away January 26, 2013 in Temple, Texas at the age of 58.

Juan attended Temple High School, and graduated from high school in Nuremburg, Germany.  While living in Germany, he worked for AAFES and traveled to Rome, Spain, Italy and Hawaii.

Juan returned to the states in 1977 and lived in New Jersey.  He joined the United States Marine Corps in 1977.  He was a mortar man while in the Marines, and was based at Camp Pendleton, California.  His service took him to Okinawa, Japan and Korea.  He was honorably discharged in 1991.  He then began remodeling homes and worked as a security guard.

On January 30 a funeral service was held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Temple, Texas.  The Patriot Guard Riders were present and formed a line of American flags at the entrance to the church to welcome the arriving family and friends.

 After the service, the Riders led the procession to the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Killeen, Texas.  There the family was greeted by fifty American flags blowing briskly in the very cold northerly wind.

After the flag draped coffin was moved from the hearse to the committal shelter, the Riders formed a line of flags along the front of the shelter.

The Rev. Tom  Chamberlain performed the grave side rite of committal and led the family in final prayers.

The United States Marine Corps Honor Detail rendered military honors. The Marine Bugler played taps.

 The Detail carefully folded the flag that covered the coffin into the traditional triangle. 


That flag, and a second folded flag, were presented to Juan's mother and sister on behalf of the President of the United States, the Commandant of the Marine Corps, and a grateful nation as a symbol of their appreciation for Juan's service to Country and Corps.

United States Marine Juan Carrizales  was laid to rest on the wind swept grassy plain, while the American flag at the top of the hill flew at half-staff in his honor.

Left to cherish his memory are his mother and father, three siblings, four granddaughters, nieces, nephews and many other dear family and friends.


With thanks to Harper-Talasek Funeral Home for biographical information and image, and to Ceej Foy for additional photographs.

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