Julian Castillo, Jr. of Amarillo, Texas passed away on Tuesday, June 23 at the age of 69. Julian died peacefully at home with his beloved family and fur babies by his side. Memorial services will be 10:00 am Saturday at Cox-Rowley Funeral Home Chapel, 4180 Canyon Drive with Minister Jeff Procter, of 6th St. Church of Christ in Friona officiating. Julian was born on November 13, 1950, in San Benito, Texas. He graduated from Tascosa High School in 1970 and attended Amarillo College pursuing education in radiology technology. Julian was employed at St. Anthony’s Hospital in 1969 and later transitioned to working at BSA until his retirement 49 years later. One of Julian’s greatest joys was working with many fine hospitals and physician office employees. Julian had a true gift in working with staff and the patients he served. While working at St. Anthony’s Hospital, Julian met his future wife, Marcia, in 1970. Julian and Marci were married at the hospital chapel in 1974. As a couple, they felt blessed to work together at the hospital for 20 years. Julian and Marci shared a love of bowling and bowled in the hospital bowling league for many years. As Julian was an avid bowler, he bowled several perfect games. Certainly, Julian’s proudest moments were the birth of his children. Amy was born in 1984 with Jimmy following in 1987. There was no prouder dad who walked the floor with them when they cried, rocked them, fed them, and cherished every moment with them. Julian and Marci enjoyed traveling in their pop-up tent trailer and fishing along the banks of local lakes. Julian also loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting with his brother-in-law, Cliff, and son-in-law, Kyle, and with his many sportsman friends. Butch and Holley were Julian’s beloved pointers that he trained from pups who traveled with him on his many hunting trips. Julian also loved golfing. He especially enjoyed golfing with his dad and son-in-law and shared a special bond with his Amarillo golfing buddies. Many weekends, Julian would take Amy and Jimmy with him as he golfed and they rode in the cart. When Jimmy was around eight years old, Julian signed him up for hockey. Over the years, Jimmy, Julian, and the family traveled to several states for hockey tournaments. Julian also helped coach Jimmy and his hockey team. Julian enjoyed attending all of Amy’s school sporting events supporting her as a cheerleader. Julian walked Amy down the aisle to Kyle in 2011 and welcomed Jimmy’s wife, Mackenzie, into the family in 2011. The family blossomed making Julian a grandpa. Julian adored being a grandpa. Amy blessed the family with a son, Colton (6 years old) and a daughter, Madelynn (3 years old) and Jimmy blessed the family with a son, Oliver (6 years old) and a son Wolf (2 years old). Julian loved these kids unconditionally. At Julian’s retirement in 2018, he was able to enjoy crafting and woodworking making many special wood décor for family and friends. As Julian’s cancer progressed and his health declined, his sister Claudeen was such a supportive sister who adored her younger brother. Her visits meant the world to him. Additionally, he shared his love for the University of Texas longhorns with his sister. During Marci and Julian’s 46 years of marriage, there were many fur babies who shared their lives and who were considered as babies and part of the family. Julian is survived by his wife, Marci; by his daughter, Amy and husband Kyle; and grandchildren, Colton and Madelynn; by his son, Jimmy and wife Mackenzie and grandchildren, Oliver and Wolf; his sisters, Claudeen and Lorena; his brothers, J.C., Joel, and John; and countless extended family members who all held him in highest regard and loved him dearly. His tireless love and devotion to his family and friends were evident in his final moments. As Julian was an animal lover, especially his fur babies, the family requests memorials be made to the Amarillo SPCA in memory of Julian Castillo via PayPal @amarillospca or mailed to Amarillo SPCA, P. O. Box 1014 Amarillo, TX 79105.
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