OBITUARY

Juan Roybal Jr.

December 28, 1947November 14, 2020
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Juan Roybal, Jr., 72, of Sun City, AZ passed away November 14, 2020. Juan was born on December 28, 1947 in Gilman, Colorado to Juan and Matilde (Gonzales) Roybal, Sr. He is survived by his sisters and spouses Enedina Roybal (kidney donor), Bernice Roybal, Rebecca (Becky) and Julius Rivera and Marilee Roybal and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Juan was predeceased by his beloved sister Ruth Roybal Canela.

Juan is survived by his loving wife Eleanor of 49 years; his children with spouses Alexandria and Andrew Klein, Christina and Glenn Pero, Rick Roybal and Joseph Roybal; as well as his grandchildren Natasha Roybal, Niko Roybal, Selena Pero and Iana Pero and his great granddaughter Ameena Loftin. He was a loving Patriarch to his familia and a loyal friend to many.

After graduating Battle Mountain High School, Juan served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was honored with a National Defense Service Medal, Parachute Badge, Sharpshooter (M-14 Rifle) and was an Engineer and Power Train Repairman. His career was with the United States Postal Service as a Postmaster for 28 years in Edwards, Colorado.

Juan played in a band called “Us” as a guitarist with his buddies. He loved muscle cars and enjoyed cruising and revving up his 1969 Chevy Camaro down Main Street in Minturn to Red Cliff, Colorado. He was involved with the local bowling league in Avon, Colorado. He enjoyed the great outdoors in the Rocky Mountains skiing, camping, hunting, fishing and 4-wheeling with family and friends, especially reminiscing around the camp fire sharing stories and cracking jokes. He was a die-hard Denver Broncos fan. He enjoyed golfing with his buddies in Arizona and is a member of the “Hole in One” Club during a golf trip in New Orleans.

Those who trust in the Lord will renew their Strength. They will soar on wings like Eagles. They will run and not grow weary, They will walk and not be faint. - Isaiah 40:31

The Rosary and Eulogy will be held on Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 10:00am at St. Elizabeth Seton Roman Catholic Church, 9728 W. Palmeras Dr., Sun City, AZ 85373 with the Memorial Mass to follow at 10:30am. All guests must wear a face mask. Please wear a shade of blue in Juan's honor, his favorite color. Due to COVID-19 restrictions in Arizona, there will not be a Reception after the Memorial Mass. To send condolences to the Roybal family, please visit www.SunlandMemorial.com.

We invite all family, friends and loved ones near and far who cannot attend in person, St. Elizabeth Seton Roman Catholic Church will be Live Streaming the Memorial Mass via their Facebook Live.

For Bereavement Travel Assistance please call 1.800.224.4177.

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  • Juan is survived by his loving wife Eleanor of 49 years; his children with spouses Alexandria and Andrew Klein, Christina and Glenn Pero, Rick Roybal and Joseph Roybal; as well as his grandchildren Natasha Roybal, Niko Roybal, Selena Pero and Iana Pero and his great granddaughter Ameena Loftin. He was a loving Patriarch to his familia and a loyal friend to many.Juan is survived by his sisters and spouses Enedina Roybal (kidney donor), Bernice Roybal, Rebecca (Becky) and Julius Rivera and Marilee Roybal and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

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Services

5 December

Rosary

10:00 am

St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church

9728 West Palmeras Drive
Sun City, Arizona

5 December

Funeral Mass

10:30 am

St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church

9728 West Palmeras Drive
Sun City, Arizona

Memories

Juan Roybal Jr.

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Joseph Roybal

December 1, 2020

My Dad,
I’ve countless stories I could share for days upon days, but what I want to share the most is this. My Dad was my hero, he was the strongest Male influence I had in my life and all the things that make me a strong man came through his tremendous influence. The lessons and qualities gained often weren’t through conversations but through his actions, he taught me what it meant to be respectful, he taught me what it meant to be a genuine individual, he taught me what it meant to be confident and strong. Out of the millions of things he taught me the one that means the most is to love unconditionally through laughter. Through laughter it allows you to let your guard down and see the world through a much clearer lens. The pain I feel runs deep to my core but the happiness and love that he blessed us with far exceeds that and brings me warmth knowing my Dad was cut from an extremely rare cloth. Until we meet again Dad I will forever strive to make you proud and honor your life’s teachings. You’re my Hero I love you with all my heart Dad ❤️

Darlene Montano

November 30, 2020

My family loved going with Juan and family to the Bow Hunters Jamboree at Camp Hale. I will never forget our trip to Lake Constantine up to Holy Cross Wilderness. So many good times with Juan in Eagle. Could always count on him to make me laugh. God speed Juan.

Elizabeth Glenn (Conley)

November 30, 2020

An wonderful man who raised an awesome family! Thinking of the Roybal family during this difficult time. Sending my love and prayers.

Jan Thompson

November 30, 2020

Eleanor-Just a message to let you know how sorry of Juan's death. I really didn't know him but will remember you when we both lived in Eagle. You taught me how to make many mexican dishes and enjoyed visiting with you.

Jan Thompson
on Hall Street in Eagle

Brenda Nelson

November 30, 2020

Dearest Alex and family, I had only met Juan a few times, but it didn’t take long to see he was a very special part of your family. What I love most about the Roybal family is your true love and the strong bond you carry for each other. It will be very difficult for a while without him in your presence, but you will Have so many great memories to keep that will last you a life time, that will bring you many smiles and laughs. Always speak of Juan and his spirit will stay alive because of you. God bless you and your family.
Love Larry, Brenda, Russell and Michael Nelson

Enedina Roybal

November 29, 2020

Having you as a brother is one of the best parts of my present and past. Being the only brother you were always there for your sisters when we needed you. You always stuck up for us. I was such a tomboy and have so many memories of always following you and wanting to do everything with you. You taught me so many things - how to change the oil in my car, how to ride a bike, and how to snow ski – these are only a few of many things you taught me. So naturally, when you were in need of a kidney, I did not hesitate to get tested and Praise God we were a match! Now we were bonded not only in blood but by a kidney. I thank God for the fourteen years we had after our kidney transplant and look forward to the day we will be bonded again.
Little did we know the day God was going to call your name. You were loved dearly in life, and still loved dearly in death. Our family chain is broken and nothing seems the same, but God calls us one by one and the chain will link again!
I will miss your calls and our “Kidney Reunions”! Love you Brother

Bernice Roybal

November 29, 2020

My brother, Juan was a true servant of God. He endure and persevered all he was handed with God’s Grace. Jesus led Juan through every step of his arduous journey and held his hand all the way home. Although there are so many wonderful memories of Juan during the years we were growing up, the times I hold close are the times I spent with Juan during various of his surgeries physically helping him, watching him and all our conversations... he was so brave and never whined. I was the one hunting down doctors and nurses if I felt he wasn't getting the attention he needed. In our last conversation I always spoke to him of how wonderful it would be to go "home" and he agreed... and now he is "home"...with legs running with mom as mom always spoke of dreaming she could still run during her final days. He's dancing with our sister, Ruth, whom he missed tremendously and fishing and hanging out with dad whom he had a very special relationship with....All in the presence of Jesus🙏

Glenn Pero

November 27, 2020

Juan,

I will miss you more than you likely would’ve known. There was no “in-law” in our father/son relationship. You were a true father to me in so many ways. You were such an awesome Grandfather to your grandchildren as well.

You were a great role model to all, and I can only hope to become a father, grandfather and friend like you have been. We had so many common interests that it always made our time together and conversations so enjoyable. I will miss that tremendously. I’ll miss our golf outings we used to have. I’ll miss hearing about all your Colorado fishing and hunting adventures from when you were younger. I’ll miss recapping/sharing my own hunting and fishing challenges and adventures with you. I’ll miss our family trips together to the cabin and lounging in yard or evening fire sharing stories and jokes.

I’ll do my best to continue to model myself after you and take care of your beautiful daughter and our daughters, your granddaughters, who loved you so much. I hope you’re enjoying your reunion with family and friends in heaven. I hope you’re enjoying no more pain, prosthetics and hitting golf balls long and straight, catching tons of trout, harvesting all kinds of awesome game and driving all the awesome classic cars you can.

Until we meet up again....Love you!

Roxie & Jim Carreon

November 26, 2020

Our heartfelt condolences and love to the Roybal Family. Juan touched many lives during his time here on Earth. He lifted people up and offered a helping hand. He laughed and shared his great sense of humor and optimistic spirit. Juan loved his family and was a great friend to many. He showed us by example how to persevere despite difficulties and through great pain. He had a great smile and a generous heart. Juan lived his life well. His faith was strong and enduring.
Rest In Peace, Juan. 🕊🌹✝️❤️
Jim and Roxie Carreon

Maria Triny Armijo

November 26, 2020

I'm sorry to hear about your loss. Thinking and praying for you and your family.
Aunt Triny and family
Penasco, NM

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