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Waltrip Funeral Directors

1415 Campbell Road, Houston, TX

OBITUARY

Jose Juan "JJ" Castillo, Jr.

March 16, 1952May 10, 2019
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Jose Juan “JJ” Castillo was born in Laredo, Texas on March 16,1952, to parents, Jose Juan Sr. and Flora (Gutierrez) Castillo. He passed away in Houston, Texas on Friday, May 10, 2019 at the age of 67.

The ultimate family man and Dallas Cowboy fan, JJ, is survived by his beloved wife of almost 50 years, Maria Esther (Mojica) Castillo, their children Jose Juan (Joe) Castillo III, wife Janda, Leopoldo (Paul) Castillo, Belinda Castillo Hannah, husband Michael Hannah, Carlos Gabriel (Gabby) Castillo, grandchildren Jacob Michael Castillo, Addison Fern Castillo, his brother Chale Castillo, wife Patty Castillo and numerous other loving family members and dear friends.

JJ graduated from Laredo Martin High School in 1971, where he was a star on the football and track field. JJ was highly recruited around the area but chose to build a family. In 1974, he moved his then family of 2, with three other Martin Tiger alumni to Houston, Texas. In 1980, he began a career that lasted for 30 years at Dupont. JJ was a warehouse foreman and paint mixer. In 2001, the plant decided to close, and JJ was offered a transfer to Dallas but chose to stay in Houston and continue the life he built for his family. JJ lived his life with laughter and surrounded himself and his family with friends and was always there to help out. He loved the days of playing softball with Houston Buddies. The Houston Buddies team afforded him many great friends who taught him to continue to be a great man and teach his family what life is all about; have a great work ethic, love your family, enjoy your time, and smile a lot.

Family and friends gathered and celebrated JJ’s life during a memorial service at 10:00 am, on Saturday, June 1st, at Waltrip Funeral Directors in Houston, Texas. In honor of JJ being an ultimate fan of the Dallas Cowboy's all were invited to wear the Cowboys color blue for the Memorial.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Texas Children’s hospital.

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, June 1, 2019

Memories

Jose Juan "JJ" Castillo, Jr.

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Ryan Burns

June 7, 2019

I will always remember him calling me "Flacooo" from the first time I walked through the Castillo house to the last time he answered the door for me. It's the only nickname that stuck with me through my teenage years to adulthood.

Esteban Mora

June 5, 2019

Picho no words can express the loss of someone I saw as a brother. I will always carry you in my heart remember all the good memories I have of us and most of all your weekly calls hearing you say Picho que Estas asiendo and your big laugh. RIP love you

Paul Castillo

June 4, 2019

Pop,

I know you have been watching over us and listening to us. Yes we have cried, argued and all of us just have had a really bad 3 weeks. The one thing is at the end of the day, we hug say we are sorry and we are a family. There is so much I want to say, but there is not enough space, time or fair to me, Pop's or his friends to limit me to "A" memory.

There is so much you have taught me on how to be a great person, son, brother, friend and father. I can't even begin to start "A" memory. Screw it I'm a bottle of wine deep!

From waiting for you to correct any announcer in school plays, programs or any sporting event my bother's, sister and myself ever were part of "they always pronounced the L's". I also remember every time I walked to the plate or came out of the huddle I would look for him, cause if I hit the ball or made the play, he would sit back clap and smile , oh and pour himself another beer from the back of his truck behind the outfield fence or behind the end zone. If I didn't and acted like a spoiled brat, cause following my brother and him I thought I was the best. I would get to the other side of the field from him cause again from the back of his truck, he would just whistle and yell out " Leopoldo keep your eye on the ball or keep your head in the game.

Growing up a Castillo, you learn several different ways to grow up and be great people and to be great family members.

I guess "A" memory I would like to share is, as I started with, is you taught us is at the end of the day we say we are sorry we hug and we are a family ! I thank you for you being you, the man the myth the legend. And teaching all of us that humor and smiles cure all . I love you Pop and as a family we got this.

Joe Castillo

June 4, 2019

Dad, I still can’t believe that you are gone. I just want to say thank you. Thank you for being my dad. The BEST dad that any son could ask for. Thank you for giving me patience and teaching me how to love all! You are my hero, my Rocky Balboa! I have been very blessed and it’s all because of the man you taught me to be and the lessons you have taught me. I will alway keep you close to my heart and talk with you every day. I love you and miss you! Joe

Belinda Hannah

June 4, 2019

You were the first man I ever fell in love with, and will always have you in my heart. I just want to thank you for making me the women I’m today. I love it when everyone tells me that I’am just like you, I will always take that as a complaiment.

Their are so many things you taught me, how to always be there for the ones you love. To always smile and say hi cause you don’t know what’s going on with that person that you saw down the hallway or in the elevator. But by smiling and saying hello could make that persons day and you never know you might make a new friend or just make your self happy cause them smiling back can make your day too.

I’m going to miss your hugs and talking to you and your laugh. But I want you to know you were the Best Father a girl could have.

I love you soo much and will miss you!
Love your daughter
Belinda “Squirrel”

Michael Hannah

June 4, 2019

There are too many memories to list and I can't pick just one, so I'll just sum it up by saying that I'll never forget JJ's smile and how he loved being around friends and family. His daughter is definitely the same way, so I'll always be reminded of this!! Also, his ability to fall asleep at the drop of a hat is also alive and well in his daughter!! :) Thank you JJ and Esther for raising such an amazing daughter and woman. And lastly, GO COWBOYS!!!!

Valerie Mora

June 4, 2019

The three amigos

Valerie Mora

June 4, 2019

Valerie Mora

June 4, 2019

My Tio Pino was one of a kind, he was always the life of the party and always knew how to make you laugh. He was one of the strongest men I know and taught me to be strong, because through everything that he went through and every obstacle life put in front of him he never complained, he always managed a smile and a laugh.
My most cherished memories with my Tio Pino are our holidays and especially our summers in Houston. I’ll always remember playing in the backyard at the house on Carousel and in the garage. Tio and my dad trying to teach us how to play pool after having a few to many. One year my Tio Pino taught me how to make money by collecting cans and that summer we collected all the beer cans from the weekend carne asadas, I don’t actually remember taking them anywhere but I remember crushing them and putting them in huge plastic bags.
I loved being around with my Tio Pino, my dad and my Tio Jr because there was always a story of when they were younger, they we the real three amigos. When I was little I loved going to watch him play softball and going to the flea markets with him. I remember begging mom and dad to let me play sports and it wasn’t until Tio Pino talked to them that they agreed to let me try... I always wanted to be a great athlete like him. And most of all I’ll always be grateful that you were there the day I got my badge and became a police officer. I miss my Tio Pino very much, he was like my second father, always teaching me new things and showing me the lessons in every situation and making me laugh with his stories. I’ll always carry him in my heart and know that now instead of me telling him stories of cases and things I’ve seen while working, he’ll be right with me watching my back.
I love you Tio and I miss you
Thank you for being a great uncle and always making me smile

Jose&Frances GUTIERREZ

June 3, 2019

Jose&Frances Gutierrez June 3 2019 We were so blessed to have you in our life.So many memories n good times we had. Our girls n grands got to know you n you were their Tio. Never forget you laughed at pepe' s jokes no matter how corny they were. Will miss your garage sale finds . Always with that Castillo smile...

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