On September 7, 2018, Jose Fuentes, Jr. of San Antonio, TX, joined the kingdom of our Heavenly Father at the age of 75. He was born on July 13, 1943 in Converse, TX to Jose Fuentes, Sr. and his wife, Herlinda. He graduated from Edison High School, where he was Head Photographer, in 1961. After graduating from high school, he joined the U.S. Navy. He was a Vietnam veteran, having served on the USS Midway in the South China Sea. His specialty was in radio communications and electronics. He attained a rank of Petty Officer 2nd Class, and received numerous awards and medals. After his service, he returned home to acquire his higher education. He attended San Antonio College, where he was President of Los Pasandos, and The University of Texas in Austin. He worked for several insurance companies as a Claims Adjustor, and then eventually as a Claims Supervisor and Claims Manager. During his career, he was President of the Blue Goose Association. After retirement, he joined the Northeast Senior Center, where he volunteered teaching Spanish and English classes. Mr. Fuentes was a man of many talents. He enjoyed photography, automobile repair, dancing, listening to music, reading about history, and telling jokes and stories. He is survived by his wife of almost 50 years, Diana Beeton Fuentes; daughters, Stephanie Taylor (Jason) and Marcie Thomas (Philip); granddaughters, Alyssa and Kailey Taylor, Lily and Emma Thomas; sisters, Yolanda Marquart and Lupe Gifford (Vance); brother, Edward Fuentes; beloved friends, Larry and Connie Moralez, and numerous extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents Jose Fuentes, Sr. and Herlinda, and sister, Dora. Visitation will be held Tuesday, September 11, 2018 from 1-2 p.m., with services immediately following at 2 p.m. at Meadowlawn Funeral Home, 5611 E. Houston St., San Antonio, TX.

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  1. Our deepest condolences to the family for your loss. Joe was my cousin but more so he was my brother. I cannot image my world without Joe in it. He had a huge impact on the entire family. He and I often talked about family history. I took him with me once to Comfort to visit a cemetery where descendants of our grandfather are laid to rest. Joe has left a big hole in many lives. He will be greatly missed by many. Jason and I are sadden by his passing but know that God needed him for some reason.

  2. Joe was my mentor and supervisor in the first real job I had—at Allstate/Northbrook in 1984 here in San Antonio. Joe was a Property/Casualty insurance expert with a knack for training, and his meticulous training has had a tremendous and lasting impact on my life. I have been in the insurance industry ever since, and have progressed through various field and Home Office management positions with three different companies in various places around the country. I’m now the Director of Property Claims with a respected insurer on the West Coast—a walking testament to the care and attention Joe showed to the people fortunate enough to work for him. Years back, Joe became a relative by marriage (my brother is married to Joe’s niece). We got to meet up at the wedding, and spoke a few times over the years since, but not nearly enough. Thank you, Joe, for all that you’ve done and for the huge and positive impact you’ve had on my life and on many others, and God bless you in His presence and keep you and your family. We pray for God’s healing and comfort for Diana, Joe’s daughters, his sister Yolanda, neice Christine and Joe’s entire family. With much love, JH

  3. Joe was an amazing individual: Quick to find humor in almost every situation; his unique personality was always something to look forward to. Everyone knows that Joe was a natural handyman and expert adviser regarding auto repair, home repair, vehicle purchase, and perhaps much more specialized knowledge than we ever imagined. He helped us on numerous occasions. We appreciate all the birthday parties and award ceremonies he attended for Allison, Sean, and Brendan. Uncle Joe was a blessing to us and we feel privileged to have known him. May the Lord provide healing, hope and strength to all who were close to him.

  4. With our love and deepest sympathy as we remember Joe for his warmth, kindness and gentle spirit. He will remain in our hearts forever and may you find comfort in all the special memories you shared.

  5. Our condolences to your family for your great loss the scripture at Jihn 5:28,29 will bring you comfort as it has to us when we lost our father

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