On Saturday evening, April 13, 2019 after a struggle with illness since the beginning of the year, Juan Orlando Vasquez passed away at Kindred Hospital, Fort Worth, Texas. He was attended by his brother, Ruben Vasquez of Marfa, his spouse, Philip M. Weisman of Fort Worth, and his attending nurses and doctors.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday May 11 at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in Marfa with Father John Paul Madanu presiding. A Rosary will be held at 1pm, Mass to follow at 1:30pm. Interment will follow directly after the services at the Marfa Cemetery.

Juan Orlando Vasquez was born February 5, 1955 in Marfa to Isabel B. and Inez Q. Vasquez. He was married on October 15, 2017 at McDonald Observatory, Fort Davis, to his partner of many years, Philip M. Weisman.

Mr. Vasquez was educated in Marfa and subsequently graduated from Sul Ross State University with both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Music and Education. He taught bi-lingual elementary education for more than 30 years in such diverse cities as Marfa, Pecos, Midland, Austin, Dallas, and Irving.

Music and singing were an integral part of his life and through the years he was a participant in bands and choirs. He was proficient at playing piano, keyboards and guitar especially at impromptu concerts among his musically talented family. He will be remembered for his quick wit, his radiant smile, and his kind and compassionate spirit.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Isabel B. Vasquez (father) and Inez Quintana Vasquez (mother); older brother, Uvaldo Vasquez; sister Aurora V. Hernandez and brother-in-law, Anselmo (Memo) Hernandez; plus, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Mr. Vasquez is survived in life by his partner and husband of more than nineteen years, Philip Mason Weisman of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Fort Worth, Texas; brothers, Ruben Q. Vasquez of Marfa; the Hernandez family of Marfa: Daniel (Peanut), Sr., Cynthia, Daniel, Jr. and Joel; cousin, Lucy A. Hernandez, of El Paso; nephews Lionel Hernandez and James Maywald, of Arizona; plus, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. And last but far from least, Juan Orlando is survived by Clarice the Pug, who just turned 13.

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