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Obituary for John G Castillo

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John G Castillo

July 26, 1952 - October 5, 2011

John G. CastilloJohn G. Castillo Jr., passed away October 5, 2011. He was born July 26, 1952 to Juan and Esperanza Castillo in Ogden, Utah. John graduated from Ogden City Schools. He proudly served his country during the Vietnam War, where he earned a United States Diploma for machinist. He worked for Southern Pacific Railroad for 13 years as a Diesel Mechanic. John married Margaret Gonzales and from that union was born 3 daughters. They were later divorced. He then married his longtime girlfriend Karen Jackson. John is survived by his wife Karen, daughters Leslie Cano, Alina (Daniel) Gallegos, Loni Morgan, eight grandchildren, his father Juan, brother Adolpho (Tina) Castillo, sisters Linda (Robert) Garcia, Olga (Miguel) Luna and Marina (Lee) Balderaz.He was preceded in death by his mother Esperanza, may they both rest in peace. The family wishes to thank the staff at the George E. Wahlen Veterans living facility, the Hospice of Utah, and a special thanks to Autumn and Andrew. Graveside services for John will be held Monday, October 10, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at Ogden City Cemetery 1875 Monroe Blvd, Ogden. A viewing will be held Saturday, October 8, 2011 at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street, Ogden from 6-8 p.m. and one hour prior to services also at the mortuary. Rosary will be held Saturday at 8:00 p.m. following the viewing. In lieu of flowers donations would be appreciated, accepted at Leavitt’s Mortuary. Online condolences may be sent to the family at


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Visitation Information

Date: Saturday, October 8, 2011

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Leavitts Mortuary


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403

Service Information

Date: Saturday, October 8, 2011

Time: 8:00 pm -

Leavitts Mortuary


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403

Cemetery Information

Date: Monday, October 10, 2011

Time: 10:00 am -

Ogden City Cemetery


, , , UT, 84403

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Born: July 26, 1952
Died: October 5, 2011

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Debbie Rivera posted on 11/16/11

Who said time heals broken hearts is *BS* I know this is so true because I lost My DADDY in 2006 & not a day has gone by without shedding tears, be strong girls that's what your *DADDY* would want! Johnny was a "TRUE SOLDIER" until the end/HE fought this battle that ONLY he knew since serving his country....... REST IN PEACE JOHNNY ... I MISS U LIKE CRAZY ...... THEIR WILL ALWAYS BE ONE *JOHNNY* THAT'S U ..... I CAN SEE THE SMILE & TWINKLE IN YOUR EYES WHEN U WERE IN YOUR MOTHERS ARMS AGAIN ..... I WILL ALWAYS HAVE A SPECIAL PLACE IN MY HEART FOR U .... LUV U..... DEBBIE .... KEEP THEM LAUGHING IN HEAVEN .... EVEN 'GOD' HAS A SENSE OF HUMOR!!!


Don Stockard posted on 10/9/11

First and foremost, John became my friend, under unsual circumstances. Secondly, this friendship developed while he was doing some time in the Keisel Correctional Facility, where I served as a Correctional Officer (I started out at Keisel in May of 2000). I am now retired from the Weber County Sheriff's Office, and also from McKay-Dee hospital, where I was a Security Officer there. We officers were trained NOT to become friends of inmates; however, John was special, outgoing, friendly, and most of all - honest and sincere. He was selected as a Trustee due to the aforementioned traits and his hard work. More specifically, he was our Laundry Clerk. I supervised him when I was on shift with him (He really didn't need any supervision, however). I was always amazed by his organization of the Laundry and how well he kept things there. He really didn't want anyone "messing" with his Laundry, not even me; but I came to respect that! As a Trustee, John was really the only one in that position I ever really trusted, and that is in a whole career as a C.O. I did see John a coupla times when he was brought into McKay-Dee, and was proud that he recognized me as a friend, and not as an officer. I think I met his wife, Karen when he was brought in. I hope that you don't view this as "out of line", but I just had to let you know that I thought the world of John; we had some great talks together. However, I didn't know that he was a Vietnam Veteran, as am I, serving there in '61, '66, and '68 (three times). May God bless you, the family, and all of John's friends as well! With friendship and love, Don Stockard, Retired Corrections Officer (Weber County), Roy, UT


Dean J Zisumbo posted on 10/9/11

No behalf of Father (Rufino Zisumbo) and myself, I'd like to send my deepest condolences to all the family and hope the very best to the family... Dean....


Debbie Rivera posted on 10/8/11

We never anticipate the loss of a loved one, but when we do lose a good friend we realize what we had and the gift of life that god has given us. In loving memory of Johnny i pray that he find his way to the path of eternal happiness hand and hand with our lord. My prayers are with him and his family. May we all remember what a wonderful friend, brother, father, grandfather and son he was and keep his memory alive through our love and prayers.Love, Debbie Rivera


Joyce Dixon posted on 10/8/11

Alina and Daniel sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May the love of Jesus be with you especially at this time. Joyce


Teresa Gray posted on 10/7/11

Love you always!


Mr. & Mrs Robert & Teresa Gray family posted on 10/7/11

Uncle Jr. you will forever be our hearts. I love you and will miss you dearly. I do know you are in a better place and no longer in pain. Give Grandma Castillo a big hug and kiss from me. We love you... Bob,Teresa, Jayden and Brooklin.