Juan Francisco Guerrero of Phoenix, AZ was born on February 23, 1926 and grew up in Mesa, AZ. On April 17, 2021 he passed away peacefully. He was preceded in death by his parents Juan and Francisca Guerrero, his beloved wife Estefana, his brothers Tony, Henry, Lalo, Arturo, Alex, Pepe and his sister Gloria.
His is survived by his brother Cesar, his daughter Violet Actipas (Mark), son John Guerrero (Maria) and 6 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-greatgrandchildren, and his nieces and nephews.
Juan served his country during World War II he was a mortar man for his unit in the Army in Japan. Upon returning to the states he married Estafana and they made their home in Phoenix and he worked at Cudahy Meat Packing for years while also selling real estate for his brother’s business Casa de Guerrero. After his retirement from there he went to work for Sam’s Club where he was employed for 10 years as a food demo, where he enjoyed seeing old friends and meeting new ones. He always had a story to tell.
He and his wife were parishioners of St. Mark’s for many years; where he would volunteer many hours at the parish, and then they relocated to St. Agnes Parish.
There were the many deer hunting outings with his brothers, son, nephews, and friends; which he always enjoyed. Also, there were many trips with the family to California where they would visit their good friends Bill and Peggy Huerta.
He was from the generation that if you worked hard nothing was impossible. For him it was nothing for you to hear, on a Saturday morning, a wall being taken down in their home only to make more room for the family. He always was there to help other family members as well, with a smile on his face and determination to get the job done. No task was too hard for him, he wasn’t a quitter.
He was a patriarch of our family, well loved and respected.
Visitation will be held at 9:30 AM with a Rosary at 10:00 AM followed by Mass to be celebrated at 10:30 AM on Friday, May 7, 2021 at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 1954 N. 24th Street, Phoenix. Graveside with Military Honors service will take place at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery following church.
I was saddened to hear of Juan’s passing. He was a kind, gentle man. My husband loved him like a father and mentor. He learned a lot from Juan. Ed talked about all the hunting and camping trips they took. They even took our boys a couple times. They loved it. May Juan rest in peace and soar high with the angels. Thoughts and prayers for his family. May God bless you all.
With deepest sympathy I offer my condolences to the Guerrero and Actipas families. I have many fond memories of Mr. Guerrero especially these later years at most of the holiday gatherings at his son John and my cousin Marias home. He was always very kind and funny and his stories very interesting I much enjoyed listening to. We will miss you Mr. Guerrero. God bless you. ❤️✝️
Tommy and Diane Nelson
Tio Juan was a kind and wonderful man. He will be missed by all who knew him. He always listened to what you had to say and always had interesting conversation in return. A wam smile and wisdom. He will be truly missed and always loved. God speed Tio Juan.