Joe “Jerry” Marquez
Joe “Jerry” Marquez, 76, went to be with the Lord on Dec. 10, 2018. He was born Sept. 18, 1942, to Juan and Manuela Marquez in Aransas Pass.
Jerry lived in Aransas Pass until he enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1961, completing basic training at Lackland AFB in San Antonio. He proudly served his country until 1984, including serving a tour in Vietnam.
He then worked in Civil Service at Langley AFB for 20 years. Then he returned to Ingleside in 2006 after being gone for almost 50 years.
Upon his return, Jerry became a member of VFW 2932 in Aransas Pass and was instrumental in promoting and preserving veterans’ remembrances in the community. He worked with the Aransas Pass City Council to plan what is now Veterans Memorial Park on McCampbell Street. He helped to establish a Veterans Monument in that park. The monument is dedicated to the memories of all Aransas Pass residents killed in action in U.S. wars and conflicts. He also promoted the memorial brick program which surrounds the base of the monument, in keeping with his personal belief regarding veterans, “Their duty was to serve, ours is to remember.”
Another of Jerry’s endeavors was the preservation of the San Antonio Cemetery, also known as Cemeterio San Antonio de Padua. He worked tirelessly to maintain the gravesites of his many relatives as well as for the upkeep of the entire cemetery.
He was proceeded in death by his parents, Juan and Manuela Marquez; sister, Maria Moreno and brother Tomas Marquez.
He is survived by his daughters, Dawn-Marie Anderson and Pamela Stubblefield; son, Robert Douglass; grandchildren, Korbin-Seiarra, Tailynn Aurora, Shylah-Ann, Soren-Faith and Meagan Ayotte “Beaner,” Lura Douglass and Cadell Douglass; sister, Cecilia Benavidez of Newport News, VA.; brothers, Milton Marquez of Aransas Pass and Leo Marquez of Corpus Christi; numerous nieces and nephews; a fellow veteran and friend Larry Stearns of Ingleside, and another good friend Chris Arcega.
Jerry was an avid lover of animals, and leaves behind his beloved Pets; Peaches, Freckles, and Hurricane.
Visitation and Rosary was held Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, at Charlie Marshall Funeral Home in Aransas Pass.
Arrangements entrusted to Charlie Marshall Funeral Home and Crematory.