OBITUARY

John Avila Torres

December 26, 1921May 12, 2020
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John Avila Torres died Tuesday May 12. 2020 at the age of 98 with his loving family at his side in Dallas, Texas. John was born on December 26,1921 in Lehigh, Oklahoma to Mauro and Calixta Torres. They came to Texas in 1953. John had 6 brothers and 5 sisters all whom are all deceased and survived by 1 brother, Juan Torres who presently resides in Austin, Texas. John also is survived by several nieces and nephews. John Torres is survived by his wife Laura Grace Hetherington Torres, and 3 children: Marlena Torres Morandi, Juan Arturo Torres and Arturo Raul Torres. He leaves behind 7 grandchildren and 8 great- grandchildren. John is a Veteran of the United States Army and served in World War II and Korean War. John realized at a young age that he could accomplish about anything he put his mind to. He self-taught himself auto paint and body, welding and began to work in body shops. He bought a body shop and opened his own business, while he worked for others and kept learning more and more skills. As he grew older, he eventually expanded his business to include several locations. His success in business can be directly attributed to his work ethic and the pride he took in always doing a great job and keeping his customers very satisfied. His attention to detail was AMAZING!!!!! – he expanded his business to include some rental houses also. His interests included family, gardening, home repair, repairing and refinishing automobiles. He devoted a lot of this time to his pheasants and other collections of birds and their housing at this home. Condolences may be sent to Laura Torres, 8274 Barbaree Blvd, Dallas, Texas 75228.

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Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, May 19, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, May 19, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Tuesday, May 19, 2020

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Tabetha White

May 20, 2020

A handful of grandkids and great-grandkids

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May 20, 2020

A few of the great-grandkids

Tabetha White

May 20, 2020

4 generations of Juan Torres

Marlene Torres

May 17, 2020

I have known John Torres my whole life, not only as a family member, but as a friend and mentor. He would always take time to talk to me and ask what was going on in my life. He listened as I told him and he would try to explain how the world was and that people were all different and we should try to understand what makes them the way they are. He said "This world will wreck you, if you let it. Don't let it." He sent me a prayer card his father, my grandpa Mauro, had given him. Grandpa Mauro felt he would need the prayer to help him through life. Uncle John believed I would need it too. Of course, he was right. Lol He also gave me a beautiful Alvarez guitar. I don't think I will be as good at playing it as he was, but I will keep trying. He was one of the most intelligent, caring people I know. He really liked people and never judged anyone. The world is a sadder place without him and he will always be in my heart. He was my "Uncle."

Virginia Mireles Vega

May 17, 2020

Center: Galdina Avila Melendez Mireles
Left to right: Great-granddaughters : Katy and Moira, Granddaughters: Anita and Veronica, Daughter: Virginia Mireles Vega

Virginia Mireles Vega

May 17, 2020

Left to Right: Polly, Virginia, Efren, Aunt Josephine, Uncle Carlos, Cousin Picho, Uncle John Torres

Virginia Mireles Vega

May 17, 2020

A Lovely Couple

Virginia Mireles Vega

May 17, 2020

Cousin Tony and Daughter Marlena

Virginia Mireles Vega

May 17, 2020

Our Beloved Uncle John: Sadly, we are unable to say goodbye to you in person. I have chosen to write a small tribute to the extraordinary life you have lived. Your kindness and generosity was felt by all your nieces and nephews, and I recall always being welcomed to your home with open arms. I experienced a deep sadness when I learned of your passing. My Mother, Galdina (aka. Goldie) always held each of her brothers in such high esteem, and you are no exception. Your family was such important part of your life, and I was fortunate to be one of your family. I remember all of mother’s relatives coming from Iowa and spending the summer with us in Brownsville, Texas. You loved our beloved mother, Galdina, as though she were your own mother. From my childhood, I have a precious memory that I felt tremendous privilege that I was the only one that you would allow to touch your hair! You were meticulous in caring for your hair. Uncle John, your talents were many including your ability to sing in both Spanish and English, play guitar, and play harmonica. My kids loved going to see your beautiful home with a tropical garden and your big aviary in the back yard. You were a true animal lover and had Gypsy, your German Shepard guard dog for a long time. The family reunions you hosted in your Dallas home were awesome! Our birthday parties for Goldie and Cindy in South Padre Island were unforgettable. We were so privileged to have you at every event! You were fortunate to have Polly as well as your children who lovingly cared for you up to the end of your life. Please forgive us for not attending your funeral. I would give anything to be at an event which celebrated your life, just as you were for me and my family. I know you will understand. Give Goldie and our angels in Heaven a big hug. To be sure, we will all join you, and we can have a spectacular celebration. I love you, and I miss you, my beloved Uncle John Torres, -Virginia Mireles Vega

Calixta Rita Luther

May 17, 2020

My maiden name was Rita Melendez, daughter of Carlos and Josephine Melendez. When I was a little girl, our family traveled to Texas almost every summer. On our way to Brownsville, we’d stop at Uncle John’s and visit a day or two then head to Brownsville to visit Grandpa Torres and Aunt Galdina. We always felt welcome at Unce John’s and Aunt Evelyn’s. The house where they lived back then was a different house and it was an adventure where we would sleep, on the floor I think. But we didn’t mind because we were too busy playing , eating too much Mexican food, and visiting.

I didn’t realize Uncle John’s middle name was Avila. That was also my dad’s middle name.

I have many more I could share, but it would take way too long to share all the wonderful memories I have.

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