OBITUARY

Juan Flores Jr.

December 19, 1952January 10, 2021

Juan Flores, Jr. passed away on January, 10, 2021 at the age of 68 in Peoria, Arizona due to complications with Alzheimer’s Disease. Juan was Puerto Rican and was born in New York City, New York to his parents Juana Camacho and Juan Flores, Sr.

Juan loved life and lived it to the fullest. He attended elementary and high school in New York, City and was drafted in the United States Army soon after starting college classes.

Sergeant First Class, Juan Flores, United States Army, Retired, was assigned to the White House Communications Agency (WHCA), The White House, Washington, D.C. from the late 1970’s to the early 1990’s. While at the White House, Juan was responsible for providing both Secure and Non-secure Communications to the President, Vice President, White House Staff, First Lady and the United States Secret Service in locations throughout the world. He was also tasked with supervising the installation, operation and maintenance of Tactical Communication Networks via UHF/SHF Satellite Terminals; UHF and Microwave Radio Systems; Secure and Non-Secure Mobile Data Systems; and Telephone Switched Networks. He was a Presidential Senior Radio Technician also known as a PRST. He fulfilled duties as First Lady and VP Trip Officer as well. While at WHCA, when not traveling on Presidential Communications Support Missions, Juan had duty assignments at Anacostia Naval Air Station, Andrews Air Force Base, Fort Ritchie, Maryland and Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. Juan was awarded the Presidential Service Badge or PSB, for honorably serving Presidents Ford, Carter, Reagan and Bush 41. Juan also spent many months at both President Ronald Reagan’s Santa Barbara Ranch in California and also at Jimmy Carter’s home in Plains, Georgia during their years as President and also after/during their transition after leaving the White House.

Prior to Juan’s Presidential Service, he also served the United States Army as an Intelligence Officer in Ethiopia and other countries around the world. Unknown to many of his friends, Juan was fluent in many languages besides English, most notably Chinese Mandarin and Spanish.

After Military Retirement, Juan worked as a Communications Engineer for the City of Tempe, Arizona from early 1991 until 2011, where he also had another full career and received another full retirement. Juan is survived by his wife, Teresa Richards Flores, brother Louis Flores and sister Awilda Jimenez, as well as several loving cousins in various states and Puerto Rico. He is also survived by Teresa’s loving family, including, step-son, daughter-in-law and grandson, Greg, Michelle and Everett Lindsay; her father, R. Douglas Richards and wife, Cindy Richards; her sister and brother-in-law, Dan and Debbie Bachmann, and their children and grandchildren; and her brother, Mark Douglas Richards.

He is predeceased by his mother, Juana Camacho, who passed away in September 2005, as well as many of his aunts, uncles and cousins who have also succumbed to complications associated with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Services for Juan will take place on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 2:00 pm at Redemption Peoria Chapel, 14202 N. 73rd Avenue, Building #38, Peoria, Arizona. The officiant will be Pastor Charles Jones, with Josh Miles providing music.

Donations to the Alzheimer’s Association would be greatly appreciated. Juan was compassionate about God, love and life.

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Cindy Romo

January 24, 2021

Juan was a memory maker. There were so many good times, so much laughter.
So may of us enjoyed going to Rocky Point. I still have my t-shirts! I remember Juan sending some of us to the fish market to pick up shrimp. Juan hated seafood...all seafood, yet every year he stood over a large grill and he cooked shrimp for everyone.
Tradition was very important to Juan. I am going to miss my dear friend, but I am forever grateful for all the memories.

JoAnn Koniar

January 22, 2021

My story with Juan started like Julie Kelm's, I met Juan at Studebaker's back in 1998 when he welcomed myself and Linda Cassise to join his "group of friends " at their table, where I met and became friends with so many other great people . The circle of friends changed some over the years but the one that held us all together was Juan. I only got to go to Rocky Point twice, but both trips were very memorable, although we weren't supposed to talk about them later. :) Over the years, Tom and I attended many parties and Super bowl celebrations. You always knew it would be a good time, because Juan was in charge of the festivities. He left us too soon, but apparently God has other plans for him. Juan, I'm sure you will take charge in heaven soon and please organize the Angels to protect us now as you have done for so many others in your lifetime (including 4 Presidents)! We will miss your huge smile, laugh, and good heart forever, but your job is done here on earth. Rest in Peace my friend. Until we meet again.

Jeff Harris

January 21, 2021

This White House Official Photo was Juan and I at Liberty Weekend, 1986 during a President Reagan Trip. Gonna miss our frequent phone calls since the City of Tempe days too. Glad we were able to hook up at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley not that long ago with the rest of the West Coast and East Coast WHCA folks that could make it. Rest in Peace Juan. Jeff

Christine Goodell

January 21, 2021

Juan, I remember the evening I first met you. It was December 1989 I had given Rick a ride to our company holiday party (but it wasn't a date!) The party was a bust and Rick suggested going to Bobby McGee's. That sounded fun! We got there and it seemed pretty quiet - except you were there! You were so friendly and welcoming that I felt at home right away. You introduced me to a few of the other Circle Of Friends people and we had a great time. Meeting you has been a highlight of my life. As for our "not a date" ending...... just one year later Rick and I had married and just moved into our new home. Celebrating with you and our Circle of Friends was the perfect way to start our life together.
I'll miss you Juan. Say Hey to Jesus and Nancy Reagan for me!! Love you!

Christie Weber

January 19, 2021

Dear Teresa and family,
We are deeply sorry for your loss.
Juan was one of the most kindest people you could hope to meet. We will always remember his great big smile and laugh!
We were grateful to know him.
Praying for your healing, comfort, strength and peace during this difficult time.

Christie & Jim Weber

JULIE KELM

January 19, 2021

Dear Juan,
If it wasn’t for you insisting that my sister and I come join your table at Studebakers I would never have the many memories over the last 22 years. And, what memories we all have. I remember you inviting us to Rocky Point and I wasn’t sure what to expect but oh, what a great time I had that year and many years to follow. All the pool parties, Super Bowl parties and everything in between… so much fun and all because of you. Thank you so much my friend and RIP… love you Juan.

Julie Kelm

Olan aka Skeeter Wade

January 18, 2021

I served with Juan during my time at the WHCA and Luke AFB CST. Juan was also a great friend and his smile and laughter will be missed. May he RIP.

Victory VEGA -GUTIERREZ

January 17, 2021

Dear Juan,
I wasn't ready to say goodbye. You have touched so many of our lives. What I am feeling now is hard to put into words.
Someone so special can never be forgotten, may you rest in peace. We will miss you dearly
                   The Broken Chain
We knew not that morning that God was going to call your name.
In life, we loved you dearly, In death, we do the same.
It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone; for part of us went with you Juan, the day God called you home. You left us many memories, your love is still our guide; and though we cannot see you, you are always at our side. Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same; but as God calls us one by one, the ⛓️ chain will link again.
Victory & Dave



Mike Shupe

January 16, 2021

I will always remember that infectious smile and the many photos you left of yourself on my camera. In hindsight, it turns out to be a fitting epithet to the legacy you left behind which I now share with all those you knew well. For the past 30 years, many memories have been made and none will easily be forgotten. You will live forever in our hearts.

Teresa Flores

January 16, 2021

Juan loved you all. You were always in his heart and mind. He had some incredible gifts, one of his most endearing was getting people together. His love of life attitude was contagious and affected all who visit this site. Please share your thoughts and stories for all to share. Thank you and with lots of love. Teresa

FROM THE FAMILY