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Earthman Funeral Directors

8303 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX

OBITUARY

Juan Jose Inurria

February 13, 1953December 1, 2019
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Juan Jose Inurria passed on December 1st, 2019, at his home at the age of 66. His family and loved ones will miss him dearly.

Juan was born in Mexico City, Mexico, and grew up there with his father, mother, and sister. He grew up in the hills of Mexico City with a passion for soccer, music, tradition, and health. Juan attended Escuela Preparatoria de la Ciudad de Mexico, where he completed his elementary through undergraduate education, receiving a bachelor’s of science in both Biology and Chemistry. At the age of 17, Juan made the difficult decision to move to the United States to establish his residence prior to the expiration of his dual citizenship status as a Mexican and United States citizen. Juan left for the United States bound for San Antonio, Texas, with $100.00 in his pocket and an address for the Oblate Seminary to live with a monk known only through the connection of his church in Mexico City. Fortunately, Juan had a mother that taught English, and with this knowledge and his fearless passion, Juan arrived in San Antonio, Texas, and took a job as an orderly at a hospital downtown beginning his long and tenured career in the medical industry. After establishing his residency and receiving his citizenship documentation, Juan returned to Mexico City to attend Medical School at Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. After four years of study and success in school, Juan with only a few hours left to complete his degree, moved back to San Antonio, Texas seeking an opportunity to change his surroundings for the better.

In San Antonio, Juan took courses at Trinity University, studied at the seminary with the Oblate Monks, and provided translation services for a Spanish news station, Spanish Universal Network nowadays known as Telemundo, whereby happenstance (because he always wore a suit to work and would dress for the job he wanted) he became the lead anchor for the network when the scheduled anchor failed to show. After a few years, Juan, always driven to achieve more, decided to move to Houston, Texas, to pursue a job in the medical field. Throughout his life, one of Juan’s greatest passions was sports, specifically soccer. In Houston, he continued to pursue this passion and eventually found his greatest passion and love of his life, his wife, Diana, while scouting for female players on his co-ed team. As he told it, “I saw this girl from across the field score an incredible header” and from that moment he was hooked, and yes, he got the girl.

Juan’s professional career continued with work at Spring Shadows Glen as a counselor for troubled teens and youth and taking night classes to complete his Masters in Business Administration at Our Lady of the Lake University, where his two young boys got to watch him walk the stage. After the purchase of Spring Shadows Glen by Memorial Hermann Juan’s 35-year career began. Juan moved up the ranks from tech to counselor to program manager to quality care administrator, eventually retiring as the Vice President of Quality and Patient Safety for the entire system. Juan was a pioneer in much of what he did in his professional life, telling hard truths when facing complex and difficult problems while backing it up with his data, results, and tireless commitment to finish the job done the right way, even if it was hard. Juan won national awards in Washington D.C., was a natural leader, gifted orator, and inspired many of his employees, co-workers, and colleagues to always strive for excellence.

Even after retirement, Juan’s passion to improve the quality of medical care continued when he created his own consulting company High Reliability Healthcare Solutions, LLC. He worked with many hospital systems to improve the quality of healthcare in Texas, South Carolina, and Florida and had just secured a new contract with Harris Health System only days before his passing.

Juan is survived by his wife, Diana, and his two sons Nathan and Adam Inurria. Juan always encouraged his sons to play sports, in particular, soccer. As a moralist, Juan encouraged his sons to join the Boy Scouts of America to pursue the achievements of and learn the lessons of hard work and service. As a father, Juan dedicated his life to ensuring his sons would be ready to handle the world on their own. A tough mentor with a caring hand who set achievable but difficult goals teaching them valuable lessons, namely not letting them get their drivers’ licenses until they achieved the rank of Eagle. Juan is also survived by his sister, Maribel Inurria, and his nephew and niece Juan Rincon-Inurria and Maribel Rincon-Inurria. As a brother, Juan continuously looked out for and took care of his sister, cooking meals, helping with school, and around the house. As an Uncle he provided guidance and support.

Although he left us too early, Juan left his mark on all of us with the way he lived his life, leading by example and challenging everyone he engaged to become a better person. He will be missed every day, but our memories of him and how he impacted our lives will carry his spirit onward.

Memorial service for Juan will be Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 3:00 pm in The Hunters Creek Chapel at Earthman Funeral Directors, 8303 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77024 with a reception following immediately after in the Event Room.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Alzheimer’s Association at https://act.alz.org/site/Donation2?df_id=32112&32112.donation=form1

Services

  • Memorial Service Sunday, December 8, 2019
  • Reception following Sunday, December 8, 2019

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Richi Chaudhry

December 9, 2019

This news has been shocking and hard to digest. Juan hired me at Memorial Hermann in 2012 and helped shape my leadership style and growth. Juan was a great boss, teacher, mentor and friend to me for the past 7 years. Even after he left Memorial Hermann, he made every effort to remain connected. Juan helped me through some very difficult personal times and taught me to always make family my first priority and nurture the relationships I build - professional and personal. He used stories of his family and diverse career to encourage and inspire professional development. I will always remember his advice and carry his stories with me. I will miss him dearly.

Ricardo Iñurria

December 8, 2019

I’m very sad knowing Juanjo is no longer amongst us. Upon learning about Juanjo’s passing, my mind went back to the wonderful time we enjoyed together back in the late 70’s when both of us lived in Texas. Juanjo was a young adult building a future, and I, his cousin, a college student getting and education and hopefully some wisdom. Juanjo was a great source for the second, he was educated, interesting, knowledgeable, experienced, fun; we enjoyed hanging out, playing tennis, enjoyed food & drink. He taught me about music and literature subjects new to me, challenged me to be better and to think out of the box, but most of all, being five years my senior, Juanjo subtlety looked after me. I will always be grateful to him and will miss him dearly.

Dear Diana, Nathan and Adam, I’m deeply sorry for your loss.

Ricardo Iñurria.

Don & Sue Nyberg

December 7, 2019

We are so sorry to learn of the sudden and way-too-early passing of Juan.
We knew Juan mostly due to the great friendship between his older son, Nathan, and our son, Ryan. Juan was the leader, Scout Master and mentor for many boys in Boy Scouts, and for Nathan and Ryan, guided them throughout the ranks, up to and including Eagle. He always did so with great knowledge, thoroughness and enthusiasm. Always positive, always encouraging.
We didn't know anything about Juan's work until near the end of those Scouting days. But when we did, we immediately thought Juan absolutely the guy we would want creating and assuring quality at a major hospital system. A truly "quality guy"!
Our thoughts are with you, Diana, Nathan and Adam. We are so sorry for your loss.

Don & Sue Nyberg

JAMES EASTHAM

December 6, 2019

Dear Diana and family.
I am so very sorry to learn of Juan's passing. Juan and I worked together at Memorial Hermann many years ago and I have never forgotten the positive influence he made on me and all who were privileged to have known him.
Juan was an outstanding employee, a deeply committed professional, the consummate gentleman, and a dear friend to all. I learned from him every time we talked. His warm and caring manner was contagious, as was his continual quest for excellence.
I am grateful and honored to have known Juan. May he rest in peace and may God be with you during this difficult time.
Blessings, James Eastham

Christina Morrison

December 5, 2019

Joining the system quality team under Juan’s leadership in 2012 was a pivotal career move for me as Juan continuously supported and invested in my learning and development. I am very grateful for his commitment to education, mentoring, and excellence. He often shared how his life experiences shaped him as a leader and enabled me to participate in projects and conferences so that I too could define my leadership philosophy. He will be missed, but I hope his family knows that he had a lasting impact on so many, including me. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

Shannon Lutz

December 5, 2019

I am so saddened to hear about Juan's passing. I worked with him at Memorial Hermann and he always believed in me and the work I did. He was a great mentor and he will be missed.

John Cramer

December 5, 2019

I was deeply saddened to hear about Juan's passing. Far too soon! Juan and I worked together for many years at Memorial Hermann. From within the first month I came on board in 2008, Juan reached out to collaborate on process improvement initiatives. Over the years while we were there, our departments continued collaborating on various quality projects. Juan was an amazing man who embraced both vision and pragmatism. He taught me patience and coached me when I needed wise guidance. I shall miss him dearly.

Cindy Garza

December 5, 2019

Juan was one of my greatest mentors - he was the first. He mentored me in project management, change management, and performance improvement. I feel I would not be where I am at today if were not for Juan. Thanks Juan for all you did for me. I will never forget you. May you rest in peace.

Fondly,
Cindy Garza, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Administrative Director
Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital

Joe Kunisch

December 4, 2019

Juan hired me into the quality department at Memorial Hermann in 2012. In the years we worked together I learned so much from him, I always considered him an exceptional mentor. I have always considered Juan one of the top Mentors in my life. We met on a weekly basis and I never once walked away without learning something new. Juan had opened so many doors for me in my professional life. But most importantly, I always considered him a friend. After Juan left Memorial Hermann, we would still get together to catch up on each other’s life and even then, Juan was always teaching me something new and sharing his invaluable insights on life. I valued the time I spent with Juan, I will miss him dearly and our regular meetings. Rest in peace my friend knowing that you have touched many lives in your time on earth and left a legacy of sharing your knowledge and expertise with countless people.

Jessey Thomas

December 3, 2019

I’m shocked to hear about this. Juan was a wonderful person to work with over the years. I included a photo of a Cerner conference we all attended together in Kansas City which also happened to be on his birthday. Glad we were able to celebrate with him together. May God bless Juan’s family and friends with peace and strength during this time of grief.

FROM THE FAMILY
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Nathanks surprise 28th birthday. July 2017.

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Thanksgiving at the Graham's. November 2011.

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Nathan and Clara's wedding. George and Inurria family. October 2019.

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Wooster and Inurria families. October 2019.

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Sean, Adam, Nathan, and Evan at Grandpa George's house in Boerne. November1994.

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Diana and Juan on a glacier in Alaska in 2019.

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Juan in river rafting gear in Colorado. June 2006.

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The Inurria's river rafting in Colorado before Juan fell out of the raft. June 2006.

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Juan's MBA graduation from Our Lady of the Lake University. May 1996.