Juan "John" Delacruz

Juan Delacruz, 77, passed away Monday, September 19, 2022. He is preceded in death by his father Alfredo Delacruz; and mother Susie Pina Delacruz. Left to cherish Juan’s memory are his loving wife, Mary Delacruz; sons Conrad Macias, Lewis Macias, Gregory Macias; brothers Alfredo Delacruz and wife, Susie, Lupe Delacruz and wife, Lori; sisters Martina, Delores Mendoza; grandchildren Joshua, Kayla, and Aaron Macias; one great grandchild on the way, and a host of many other family and friends.

Juan had a servant’s heart that was evident to all who knew him. He proudly served his country in the United States Army for three years and was a combat veteran in Vietnam. Following his service in the Army, Juan joined the United States Navy and served for two more years. He was a three-time purple heart recipient and was extremely proud of his service to his country.

A long-time resident of Sugarland, Texas, Juan was a teacher for many years at the Jr. High, High School, and College levels. He started a homeschool program for troubled and disadvantaged children so they could complete their education. Juan also felt it was important to help some adults complete their GED’s to improve their lives. Throughout his entire career, whether in the armed forces or teaching, Juan was dedicated to serving others.  He also had a great historical interest in the San Isidro Cemetery located in Sugarland, Texas and served as a volunteer, board member, and consultant for many years.

In his spare time, Juan was an avid sports fan and enjoyed following all kinds of sports. He read the Houston Chronicle every day to keep his mind sharp. He also loved working Sudoku puzzles every day. Juan will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

A visitation and Rosary will be held for Juan on Monday, September 26, 2022, at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 West Broadway, in Pearland, Texas. The visitation will be held from 5:30 – 8:00 pm. The Rosary will be recited at 6:00 pm. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am, on Tuesday, September 27, 2022, at St Helen’s Catholic Church with Father Jim Courville officiating. Interment will follow at the Houston National Cemetery, in Houston, Texas.