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 Juan Manuel Garcia

Juan Manuel Garcia

Birth
Texas, USA
Death 2 Sep 1993 (aged 44)
San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
Burial San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
Plot Section 19 Site 175
Memorial ID 682354 · View Source
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MSG US AIR FORCE KOREA
Birth Date: 12 Oct 1948
Death Date: 2 Sep 1993
Service Start Date: 12 Sep 1972

San Antonio Express-News (TX) - Sunday, September 5, 1993
Deceased Name: Juan Manuel Garcia: Garcia enjoyed working on jets
Juan Manuel Garcia, a senior aircraft mechanic, loved working on jets and he loved people, his wife said.
Garcia, a retired Air Force master sergeant, died Thursday in an automobile accident four blocks from his home in the 6000 block of Hopes Ferry Street. He was 44.
Garcia was born Oct. 12, 1948, to Minnie Olivarez and Manuel Garcia while his mother visited her parents in Pearsall. Attended Brackenridge
Garcia attended Brackenridge High School, where he met his lifelong sweetheart.
"I was a sophomore. He was a junior. We were always together," said his wife, Elvira Garcia.
They married before he graduated in 1968.
He joined the Air Force in 1972 because he loved airplanes, she said. He worked on jet trainers at Randolph AFB and in Del Rio during the 1970s, and on fighter aircraft in Okinawa from 1982 to 1986.
The highlight of his career was when he was assigned to Edwards AFB in September 1986 to work on the then top-secret B-2 bomber during its development phase.
"He worked on it up until its maiden voyage. He couldn't talk about it, so I had no idea what he was doing there," Mrs. Garcia said.
An accomplished barbecue cook, Garcia prepared a meal for Ronald Reagan during a visit the president made to Edwards to tour the B-2 program, she said.
"In return, the president gave him some jelly beans, which he kept in a jar until one day my grandson got a hold of them and ate them," she said. Retired in 1992
Garcia retired March 1992, but remained active at Randolph as a civil servant, working on the J-85 jet engines, she said.
He also is survived by his mother, Minnie Olivarez of La Vernia; daughters Veronica Garcia, Jennifer Garcia, Raquel Garcia and his son Manuel Garcia II; his brother Gabriel Garcia, and sisters Gracie Montoya and Gilda Garcia, all of San Antonio.
Services are to be at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday. Burial with full military honors is to be at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

Gravesite Details MSGT US Air Force, Vietnam

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