Geraldo A. Juarez, 39, died unexpectedly on October 7, 2021. Geraldo, Dado, Woodrow, Gerry, as he was commonly known, was a transplant resident to the Seattle area with his family: wife Paulette, children Anthony, Josue and Giuliana.
Geraldo was a native of Texas, having lived all of his young life in Austin and Riviera, Texas where he made life-long friends that continue to this day.
He was highly intelligent and could see and grasp the ordinary and extraordinary in simple ways, and express them to others with intrigue and curiosity. He was a quiet man, though a fire of passion burned within him to learn, explore, and most of all love and give.
Legacy is a word used to describe how we are known, and how we will be remembered. To fully comprehend the legacy of Geraldo’s life will be an ongoing process in the discovery of his invaluable gifts, and the gifts of joy he gave to others. Of one thing, we can be certain. Geraldo’s passion for his family was the command of purpose that served to define his command for life, and this is the foundation on which his legacy is built and will long be remembered.
He excelled academically and was always ready to impart the gift of knowledge with others. He did so not with fanfare, but with a certain quietness that was the hallmark of his being. He spoke equally with words and with the gentleness of his person. He was a remarkable combination of his Wela & Welo (grandparents).
He served proudly in the United States Marine Corps, a mark of his honor. His service to our Nation led him to other countries, most notably to Japan, where he discovered so much of himself: new cultures, foods, and camaraderie. We join a grateful nation for his answering the call of Duty and serving with distinction.
In addition to his wife and children, left to cherish his memory are his father Manuel A. Juarez of San Antonio, TX, his mother Sylvia Moya Juarez, of Pattison, TX, and his sister and brother-in-law Laura and Erik Gudelman also of Pattison, TX, and his niece Elyssa and nephew Haden. His mother-in-law Linda Flores of Laredo,TX, brother in-law Nath Flores of Austin, TX, sister & brother in-law Monica & Richard Renteria of Laredo,TX, sister in-law Yory Flores of Tacoma, WA and many nephews and nieces.
He leaves a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins in both the Moya and Juarez families, far too many to mention, but each a joy in his heart. His list of friends is lengthy, in and of itself another testament to the many lives he touched. His colleagues at Hiya speak eloquently and highly of his skill, and his character, from the CEO and across all levels of the organization.
He is predeceased by his paternal grandparents Jose Dolores and Maria Guadalupe Juarez, his maternal grandparents Jose and Glafira Moya and Father in-law Emeterio E. Flores.
Geraldo was an amazing man and will be remembered as such not only by those who knew him, but in extraordinary acts of kindness and selflessness by those who didn’t. He was an organ donor, and on Sunday, Oct. 10, 4 people awoke to the incredible words, “we have a match” as they prepared to receive a second chance to the gift of life. His body is now at rest, but his heart, liver, and kidneys are hard at work in the lives of others. We should smile, be joyful, and proud; he certainly is.
Thornton Wilder said, “the highest tribute to the dead is not grief, but gratitude.” So we say simply, thank you, Geraldo, Gerald, Dado, for your love and the memories that will be cherished for generations to come. The vessel that bears his body is a moment defined by the circle of life, but the hearts that bear his memory are defined by choice, by legacy, and by love. Be not burdened by the darkness of death, but treasure the light of memory of a remarkable life.
A memorial Mass will be at St. John the Baptist in Covington, WA on Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. PST (1:00 p.m. CST). A funeral Mass will be celebrated in Austin, TX for close relatives and friends at a later date; inurnment will follow. Details will be posted when they become available. The family is mindful and grateful for the outpouring of love and support during these difficult days. Your prayers have kept us comforted and have opened pathways of peace, and we thank you.