John Elliott Banta Jr.

October 10, 1988June 25, 2011

ARLINGTON, TEXAS -- John E. Banta Jr., 22, passed away Saturday, June 25, 2011. Funeral: 2 p.m. Thursday at Moore Funeral Home-Bowen Chapel. Visitation: The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. John was born Oct. 10, 1988, the son of John and Sharon Banta. He graduated from high school at The Oakridge School with honors. He was a student at Texas State University at San Marcos. He was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha. Survivors: Parents, John and Sharon; sisters, Kelly and Lisa; grandmother, Effie Banta of Lyons, Colo.; aunt, Linda Brooks and husband, Wayne; uncles, Harold Fleshman and Randy Fleshman, all of Chesapeake, Va., and Lloyd Banta and wife, Sandy, of Lyons, Colo.; and many cousins.

Moore Funeral Home-Bowen Chapel 4216 S. Bowen Rd. Arlington, TX 76016 (817) 468-8111


  • Visitation Wednesday, June 29, 2011
  • Funeral Service Thursday, June 30, 2011

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Matt Goetz

March 12, 2012

Knew you since frshman year in highschool!
How come all the good die young? im guessing God was getting bored up there and needing a new friend and by taking ou he made the right choice.we all miss ya man but we will meet again in a better place!

Terri Mayfield-Cowan

July 1, 2011


I was so sorry to hear of your wonderful son's passing. Please know that all of your friends and colleagues in the Oil & Gas business are praying for your comfort. God Bless and keep you and your entire family during this incredibly difficult time.

Jack, Jana and Michael Lindsey

June 30, 2011

Please accept our sincere condolences and sympathy at this most difficult time. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Katie Nowicki

June 30, 2011

I met John freshman year of college and ever since every time I would see him in the rec, on campus, or hanging out at the Lambda Chi house a huge smile would appear on his face. He was always fun to talk to, he had a smart remark or something goofy to say. He was just a fun person to be around, and I'm going to miss that. I offer my condolences to the Banta Family, I can't tell you enough how much he truly touched all of us at Texas State, he will remain in our heart always.

Trixie Bradley

June 30, 2011

To the Banta Family,
I've had the pleasure of meeting your son and enjoyed him visiting mine. My son felt John was the brother he never had. They connected from the day they meet at college and were truly brothers. Austin will never forget the true joy and laughter John brought into his life and a life time of memories. My deepest sympathy to all.

Barbara Belfi (Miller)

June 30, 2011

John has had a special place in my heart since he and Matt became friends in elementary. He was a joy to be around, always positive and full of life. I could always count on John for a kind word or a silly laugh. I wish I had some profound advice to share with you both, but after fours years of my own grief it has eluded me. I can tell you however, that the passing of time may not take all the pain away but at least the intensity lessens. My hope is that you can be a comfort to each other and to your family, knowing that love heals and strengthens us all. I believe that Matt is looking after John as I am here for you in whatever capacity you may need.

Rene Ferrer

June 30, 2011

To the Banta Family, I met John through a mutual friend, Austin Bradley...John was one of the most funniest, entertaining people I've ever met. I offer my most sincere condolences to you and please know that he will remain in my heart always. May John Rest in Peace and may God give you the strength you need to go through this.

Casey Lane

June 29, 2011

I was blessed to have met John. You had a huge heart and i could always catch you smiling you will be missed

June 29, 2011

Mr and Mrs Banta:
We don't know you but we just lost our daughter last week and she was 22. Trust me we know what you're going through. The loss is indescribable. Make sure you comfort each other as you deal with this. We feel the pain you're going through. We will keep you and your family in our prayers.
Scott and Pam Millican Arlington, Tx

Sandra Malveaux

June 29, 2011

My husband and I met John when he was in high school thru our son, Leroy. John was a well mannered and funny kid. Through the years we have come to think of John as one of our children. There were times when he was in the our home just as much as our son Leroy. We will miss John. I feel that a piece of my heart has been taken away. I know that death is a part of life that we can not escape. We will miss John but there are memories that we will always have of him. Leroy Jr., Leroy III and myself send our deepest sympathy to the family.