Farming Rural 06

Guadalupe Orozco

February 17, 1928 ~ June 20, 2021 (age 93)


Donna - Guadalupe Orozco, passed away on Sunday, June 20, 2021 at McAllen Medical Center in McAllen, TX. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Hawkins Funeral Home in Donna.


J. Guadalupe Orozco, 93

Our loving father, grandfather and great grandpa Guadalupe Orozco took his last breaths in his home surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, June 20th, 2021 in Donna, Texas.

He was born in Rancho Morelos Villa de Guadalupe, San Luis Potosi, Mexico,  on February 17, 1928.  He grew up there and  attended public schooling at his hometown where he met the love of his life and wife Ildifonsa Castillo. He migrated to the United States under the Bracero Program, where he resided with his family in Donna, Texas and later became a US citizen.  He was a migrant worker and he along with his family would travel to Michigan and Minnesota. He worked endlessly to provide for his family.

A true man amongst men, he lived his life giving meaning to the word Grit: he survived a gunshot wound, rebounded from a fracture to his leg after falling from a horse, he was a prostate cancer survivor, he survived a stroke, he lived with a pacemaker for over 25 years, and he overcame coronavirus in 2020.  And all along, he firmly lead each generation of the family members with the steadfast tradition that family is always first.

Guadalupe Orozco was known for always being the first to lend a helping hand and active member of the Fuente De Juventud Adult Day care family.  He was the patriarch, a leader, and a champion for his children to always work hard and do better for themselves.  A family man, who sacrificed so much so we could all succeed in life. A man of God who raised his children as strong Catholics and the believe that with God and his blessing, serving his family and community we could make a difference.  He was intelligent and creative and there was no task, no idea, that was not doable in his eyes.

He was celebrated always with his favorite mariachi music while a feast went on in his honor. “El Rey” because he was like no other and we are indebted to him for making us who we are today.  We will miss you Apa, but we have the hope and promise that one day we will see each other again.  

He is now survived by his wife of 74 years, Ildifonsa, and their children, Antonia (Feliciano) Ibarra, San Juan “Morena” (Eliazar) Bernal, Ramiro (Alicia) Orozco, Adela (Luis) Sifuentes, Maria Escobedo, Ana (Steve) Yeung,  Nicandra Orozco, Guadalupe “Lupita” ( Nelson) Armenteros, Damian ( Lorraine) Orozco. A brother Calendario Orozco and 28 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren.  Proceeded in death are his parents Candelario Orozco y Petra Vazquez Orozco, his son Nicolas Orozco, his son in law George Escobedo, his grandson, Eliazar “ Charlie” Bernal.  Thank you to Fuente De Juventud Adult Day care Staff and clients for all the years of service and love, and thank you Antonia Martinez for all the care and love in his latter years.

Pallbearers will be his grandchildren, Guadalupe “Lupito” Ibarra, Miguel “Mike” Gallegos, Ramiro “Ramirito” Orozco, Danny Escobedo, Nicholas “Nico” Orozco, and Claudia Bernal.

To send flowers to the family, please visit our floral store.


June 22, 2021

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Hawkins Funeral Home - Donna, TX
501 N. D. Salinas Blvd.
Donna, TX 78537

June 22, 2021

6:00 PM
Hawkins Funeral Home - Donna, TX
501 N. D. Salinas Blvd.
Donna, TX 78537

Funeral Service
June 23, 2021

10:00 AM
Val Verde Memorial Gardens
6200 Val Verde Rd.
Donna, TX 78537

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