Guillermo "Junior" Ruiz

September 19, 1938January 2, 2019
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Junior Ruiz lived a life well lived in the city he loved surrounded by people he loved. A star athlete, he graduated from El Paso High School in 1957. He earned a football scholarship to Highlands University in Las Vegas, New Mexico, where he met and married Tresa, his precious wife of almost 59 years. He received his Master’s degree from Texas Western College and served as a coach and educator in the EPISD for 42 years. Even in retirement, Junior continued his commitment to improving educational outcomes for El Paso youth through his work with Student Alternatives Program, Inc., serving on the State Charter Board School Board of Directors and working closely with Paso Del Norte Academies in El Paso. He is joined in heaven with his parents, Guillermo and Carolina and brother Muggins. He is survived by his devoted wife Tresa, daughters Vanessa Boling (Bart) and Gina Carameros (Chris), grandchildren Tyson Carameros (Sophie) and Mia Carameros, brother Carlos Ruiz, sisters, Martha Berry, Irma Ludwig, Patsy Medlin (Paul) and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers and sisters in-law and lifelong friends. Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 6 at Martin Funeral Home West 128 N. Resler from 5-7:00 p.m. The Rosary will be on Monday, January 7 at St. Patrick Cathedral 1118 N. Mesa at 10:00 a.m. followed by the Catholic Funeral Mass. At 6:00 p.m. we will continue our celebration of Junior’s life with a Memorial Tribute at the El Paso High School Auditorium, 800 E. Schuster Ave. You are invited to wear orange in celebration of our beloved EPHS Tiger. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to UTEP for the Armando “Muggins” Ruiz Endowed Scholarship. Mail checks to UTEP Office of Institutional Advancement Kelly Hall, 6th Floor 500 W. University Ave. El Paso TX 79968 or donate online at


  • Tresa Ruiz, Wife
  • Vanessa Boling, Daughter
  • Bart Boling, Son-in-law
  • Gina Carameros, Daughter
  • Chris Carameros, Son-in-law
  • Tyson Carameros, Grandson
  • Sophie Carameros, Granddaughter-in-law
  • Mia Carameros, Granddaughter
  • Carlos Ruiz, Brother
  • Martha Berry, Sister
  • Irma Ludwig, Sister
  • Patsy Medlin, Sister
  • Mr. Ruiz leaves behind nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers and sister-in-laws, godchildren, and lifelong friends to cherish in his memory.

  • Rick Alles
  • James Ferreri
  • Gavin Lucero
  • Kenny Lucero
  • Jeff Maloof
  • Paul Maloof
  • Zachary Medlin
  • Glenn Rudolph
  • Armando (AJ) Ruiz
  • Jaime Ruiz


  • Visitation Sunday, January 6, 2019
  • Rosary Service Monday, January 7, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Monday, January 7, 2019

Guillermo "Junior" Ruiz

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Rudy Telles

January 6, 2019

“Ese Rudy “, “ese junior “. I will miss our usual greeting. Since I first new you back when you dated my sister you have been a hero to me and admired you for your atheletic abilities. I will have to accustom myself to travel to board meetings without you now and I’m now considering planting the (Esperanza plant) you so insisted I plant so that every time I see it I will think of you. Your still my hero.

Scott Carothers

January 6, 2019

I had the pleasure of working with Mr. Ruiz through SAPI and he was an amazing, caring and loving man. He is a role model for me and I have been truly blessed to have had the opportunity to get to know him. Rest in Peace my Friend.

ruben montelongo

January 6, 2019

as long as we live, we will never forget Jr. and Muggins, what a standard they set for us to emulate.....perfect friend ,father.and husband. RM

Bruce Davis

January 5, 2019

Really a great guy. Taught me a lot about life and was always there for me and my brothers. Rest in peace coach.

Amancio J Chapa, Jr

January 5, 2019

A great human being and friend who cared so much about the educational success of our youths in the SAPI school system. His dedication and wisdom will truly be missed.
Rest In Peace Amigo.

Rene Nunez

January 4, 2019

We will always have fond memories of the many New Years Eve celebrations we shared together.

Nicole C

January 4, 2019

I’m so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in God’s promise of a resurrection where we will be reunited with our loved ones who have passed away and will never be separated by death again - John 5:28, 29; Revelation 21:3,4