Fortunato Snag "Joe" Minjares Jr.

November 3, 1947June 29, 2012
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Port Lavaca – Joe Minjares, Jr., 64, of Port Lavaca, passed away 06-29-2012, after a long courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Port Lavaca on November 3, 1947 to Fortunato Minjares, Sr. and Julia Calzada Minjares who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by granddaughter McKenzie Pilzner and nephew Neil Edward Fritsch. He served his country and was a proud veteran of the United States Navy Seabees which included a tour of duty in Viet Nam. He was a member of the American Legion; a life member of the VFW, Knights of Columbus Council # 3253, and served on the Board of Directors of Cal-Com Federal Credit Union and the Heritage Center. Joe was a member of Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church. Joe never met a stranger, enjoyed people and was particularly concerned with and loved young people. He served as past president of Calhoun County Babe Ruth League. Joe coached his children and continued to be a teenage baseball coach long after they graduated and had children of their own which he also coached. He was actively involved in coaching Little League, Babe Ruth Baseball, YMCA basketball and volleyball. Many young people in our county either know him as Coach Joe or Grandpa Joe. He worked at Alcoa for 42 years as a general mechanic; was past vice-president of Local Union 4350 serving as a safety co-coordinator. He was a certified MSHA instructor (University of Texas - Industrial Education Dept.) Joe’s favorite words were “Hook Em”……It wasn’t often you saw Joe when he wasn’t wearing his Texas Longhorn’s Burnt Orange colors with the Longhorn Logo on his shirts, in his yard, on his truck hitch and in his home. Joe and subsequently his family were huge University of Texas Longhorn fans. Joe and Dolores are Texas Exes Lifetime Members, belong to the Longhorn Foundation and have held 4 season tickets for all home games since 1996.

Joe is survived by his wife , Dolores; sons Jarrod Minjares of San Antonio and Russell Pilzner (Michell) of Point Comfort and daughter Karen Castaneda (Beto) of Port Lavaca; three sisters, Gloria (Neil) Fritsch of Port Lavaca, Lupita (Bob) Pesek of Port Lavaca and Minerva (Wally) Garza of Harlingen; five grandchildren, Michael (Anna), Brandon and Kelle Sanders of Port Lavaca, Jackie Brumfield and Cade Pilzner of Point Comfort; a great grandson, Leland Sanders and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pall-bearers are Michael Sanders, Brandon Sanders, Abe Zarate, Mike Martinez, Louis Calzada, Jimmie Roznovsky, John Falcon, and Jack Mageluzzo. Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. at Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church in Port Lavaca, with a rosary at 7 p.m on Monday, July 2nd. Funeral Mass will be Tuesday, July 3rd. at 2:00 p.m. at Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church in Port Lavaca, with Father Ty Bazar officiating. Burial will follow at Port Lavaca City Cemetery.

Memorials (in lieu of flowers): American Cancer Society or Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church.

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  • Visitation and Rosary Service Monday, July 2, 2012
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Fortunato Snag "Joe" Minjares Jr.

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MInerva Minjares-Garza

July 26, 2013

A year as come and gone since, God called you to Heaven and still I catch myself picking up my phone to call and talk. Miss and Love Ya! Moe

August 4, 2012

Nate Zaleski
It's the start of football season, so to honor my former baseball coach and mentor Joe Minjares, I am showcasing my burnt orange. He would be proud to see me coaching youth football, btw we are the Longhorns. Hook Em Mr. Minjares!
Nate.....he would be so proud of you and I'm sure you will be getting lots of coaching help from Heaven. And don't forget.....if one of your kids takes off to steal home it was probably coach Joe that sent him!

Carol Elizondo

July 30, 2012

Mrs Minjares - I was sorry to hear about the passing of Joe. He looks so good when he came to clinic with the family.
You are my thoughts and prayers, I will always remember the UT shirts and his great smile. HE never complained at all, You were his love and support .Carol Elizondo

Dolores Ann

July 19, 2012

Many people harbor anxiety because the future is unknown to them, and become pessimistic and discouraged. We must constantly remind ourselves that life is extremely precious, so that we don't fall into the trap of depression.Even if the future seems bleak, you can be assured that your life and future are in God's hands. God is in control of everything. There is joy in Christ because he is the Rock on which you can build your life. His grace is sufficient to get you through each day.
Seize this life and live it in the abundance of Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior.
Through all the changing circumstances of life, Lord, in joy as well as sorrow, my heart will sing Your praises and thank You for the abundant life that You have made possible for us. Amen

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