Juan (John) Guzman Castillo, from Midland, Texas, left this life to be with the Almighty Father on December 5, 2020, in McAllen, Texas at the age of 74.
Rosary will be said at 6:30 P.M., Thursday, December 10, 2020, in the Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Mass will be at 11:00 A.M., Friday, December 11, 2020, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Amarillo, Texas. John Castillo will be laid to rest at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Amarillo, Texas. Funeral arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors and the celebrant is Father Anthony Neusch of St. Mary’s Cathedral both of Amarillo.
John was born June 14, 1946, in Encinal, Texas to Sixto and Teodora Castillo. His siblings, Sixto Jr., Dora Martinez, and twins, Jose and Jorge Castillo grew up on a small ranch outside Roaring Springs, Texas. John attended and graduated from Roaring Springs High School in 1965, where he passionately played basketball, baseball, football and ran track for the Yellow Jackets. He was voted High School Sweetheart, was active in the FFA, and earned All-State Honors for 6-man football in Texas.
After high school, John proudly enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and valiantly served as a Corporal, in the infantry, during the Vietnam War in 1966, and then was honorably discharged in 1974. He often represented his deep-seated American pride with Marine memorabilia and honored annual holidays, such as Veterans Day and Flag Day. John returned to Texas and serendipitously met his soulmate, Gloria Escoto Castillo in 1969 in Amarillo. John and Gloria were married on August 7, 1971, at Our Lady de Guadalupe Catholic Church in Amarillo, Texas. The couple celebrated 49 years of marriage this year and often attribute their long marriage to deep devotion, compromise, and honesty. In recent times, they vigorously traveled across Texas visiting friends and family in their Cadillac.
In 1980, John graduated from West Texas A & M in Canyon, Texas with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. In 1981, John and his family moved to Midland, Texas where he became an accountant at RK Petroleum and worked loyally in the same office for 40 years. During this time in Midland, he was active at the YMCA, where he fervently played basketball and ran long-distance races. He watched and coached all three kids in competitive sports at Midland High School. John marveled in the delight of his children. His family attended St. Ann’s Catholic Church for the sacraments, and during the latter part of his career, he ritually visited Our Lady de Guadalupe Catholic Church at lunch daily. John had a deep faith in God, especially in the Virgin Mary. Every year, his family would travel to the Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan de Valle in San Juan, Texas to acknowledge the miraculous blessing of children into their lives in 1977. John had just returned from the annual pilgrimage on November 6th.
Interlaced throughout this time, was his undying love for golf. He competed and won numerous golf tournaments including, P.A.G.A. First Flight 1st Place in 1979, Nike Tour PRO-AM Classic-Mayor’s Cup Runner-up in 1999, won the 2005 Senior Charity Classic, placed 3rd for the Chicano Golf Association in 2009, was the Green Tree Champion for Senior Gross in 2013 and the Ranchland Blowout winner in 2019. John teed off freshly-cut driveways and against the pink, West Texas sun at dusk with his buddies at Green Tree Country Club up until his last days. He will forever be remembered for his pearly, white smile, strong-stature, and “get-up-and-go” attitude.
Survivors include his wife, Gloria Escoto Castillo, Sonia Renee Castillo and grandson, Sage Cruz White of the home; his only son Juan Jesus Castillo, Jr. with grandsons, Jacob, Joshua and Jovani Castillo of Midland, Texas; youngest daughter, Claudia Ana and Frank Mendez with granddaughters, AnaLucia, Natalia and expectant grandson of San Antonio, Texas; brother, Sixto Jr. Castillo of Amarillo, Texas; sister, Dora Martinez of San Antonio, Texas; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, family members, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Sixto and Teodora Castillo, brothers Jose Castillo and Jorge Castillo.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Wounded Warrior Project or the Guadalupe Radio Network. We would like to thank the McAllen Medical Unit in McAllen, Texas, Green Tree Country Club, and Our Lady of Guadalupe Church of Midland, Texas.
A special thank you to his golf brothers: Vince Carlisle, Tim Green, John Moffett, Gary Malloy, Steve Hammel, David Pine, and Bobby Welborn, who endearingly called him “Vato” and spent countless afternoons chasing birdies.