Today with a heavy heart I write my last letter to you. This letter will not be one that lingers in the grief we feel, but one that describes the joyful life you lived. Your life was one that was full of laughter, and love. Julian Manuel Ortiz Jr. was a man who dedicated his life to loving and serving The Lord. As a young boy, Julian loved serving as an altar server at St. Joseph. He was someone who would do anything for his friends and family.

Julian was a father and husband to a beautiful family. Julian had four wonderful children and they were his drive in life. He shared an abiding love for his children and his wife, Veronica. Julian was a son, brother, nephew, grandson, and cousin to many. Although time seemed to constantly slip away, he never forgot the golden rule. Family is everything!

Julian was blessed and loved dearly by two families. We had the pleasure of bringing you in and keeping the memories you shared with the Chapa family. The memories are all we have to cherish of your young soul, but the love we shared as a family will endure forever. Julian will deeply be missed for the joy he brought to all who knew him. Julian, life doesn’t end here for you. We will be renewed with a new dawn to eternal life and peace with our Lord Jesus Christ (1 John 5: 13-14). I love you and my heart longs for the moment we are reunited. Let us remember Julian Manuel Ortiz Jr. with our lives as we live out our faith. Live and love so that his legacy he left behind will live on forever.

Julian was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Gilbert Ortiz Jr. and maternal grandmother, Rose Marie Herrera.

Julian is survived by his wife, Veronica C. Ortiz of Alice, Texas; son, Julian Manuel Ortiz III of Alice, Texas; daughters, Mirella Isabel Ortiz, Mariell Rose Ortiz and Mia Rose Ortiz all of Alice, Texas; parents, Julian and Michelle Ortiz of Alice, Texas; brothers, Sebastian Ortiz of Alice, Texas and Justin Ryan (Courtney) Ortiz of Oceanside, California; sister, Marissa Rose Ortiz of College Station, Texas. Other survivors include his paternal grandmother, LaVerne Chavez of Corpus Christi, Texas; maternal grandfather, Victor Herrera Sr., step maternal grandmother, Angela Herrera of Alice, Texas; in laws, Esmeralda Chapa and Jose Chapa Sr. of Alice, Texas.

Visitation will begin on Thursday, June 8, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. at the St. Joseph Catholic Church with a Memorial Rosary being recited at 7 p.m. that evening. Family will be receiving friends on Friday, June 9, 2017, from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Rosas Funeral Home Chapel followed by a Memorial Mass at St. Joseph Catholic Church at 2 p.m. Inurnment will be at the Alice Cemetery.

Funeral Arrangements Entrusted to ROSAS FUNERAL HOME