Gene Juarez, beloved patriarch of the Juarez family, went peacefully to his eternal reward on May 4th, 2023, surrounded by loved ones at home. Born in Solomonville, AZ to Pablo and Bonifacia Juarez, he was the youngest of seven siblings, whom he adored.
When he came to Tucson as a University of Arizona student, Gene met Angelica and married. They had five children, Paul, Teresa, Leonard, Andrea, and Steven Daniel. Gene accomplished many wonderful things in his earthly life, starting as a journeyman electrician for Magma Copper, then as an electrical trades instructor for Pima College in Tucson. He was also a skilled woodworker and painter. Aside from working outdoors or traveling, Gene loved to spend time in his workshop, whether it be tinkering with his tools or building furniture, which he also did for the TUSD school district before retiring. He was proud of his crafts and enjoyed showing them to any visitors who stopped by. Gene was also proud of his family and loved to share stories of the Juarez ancestry— including many that his father told him, as well as Native American history— with all of us. In quiet moments early each morning, he would be found at his desk studying his bible and books on spirituality. His Catholic faith was very important to him and he instilled in each of us to rely on God and his plan for us.
Our father, grandfather, husband, and Tio is preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Vera, Paul, Helen, Anselmo, Brigida, and Jennie. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Angelica, five children, seven grandchildren, Sarah, Bethany, Pablo Thomas, Isaiah, Christian, Genneveve, Lukas, and many nieces and nephews.
A rosary will be said at 10:30 am followed by a celebration of life mass at 11:00 am on Tuesday, May 16th at St. Odilia Catholic Church, 7570 North Paseo Del Norte, 85704. Rosary and mass will be in the parish hall. A reception will be held after interment in Solomon at a time and date to be determined. A special thank you to Casa De La Luz Hospice and all of the doctors and nurses who cared for Gene with love and compassion.