Joe Luna, a dedicated Red Cross volunteer, avid rugby player, decorated Vietnam veteran and beloved grandfather, died April 27, 2014. He was 64 years old.
Joe was born July 18, 1949. He was a Texas City native and a member of St. Mary of the Miraculous Medal Catholic Church in Texas City.
Visitation will be 5 - 7 pm Thursday, May 1st, 2014, at Carnes Funeral Home. A rosary will be recited at 7 pm. A fiesta with mariachis will follow the rosary.
Funeral services will be at 10 am Friday, May 2nd, 2014, at St. Mary of the Miraculous Medal Catholic Church in Texas City, Father Tom Ponzini officiating. Viewing will be available from 9 – 10 am. Burial will follow at 12:45 pm at Houston National Cemetery.
At 3 pm Friday, May 2nd, 2014, friends, colleagues and loved ones will gather with the family for a final fiesta at Ponzini Hall at St. Mary of the Miraculous Medal Catholic Church in Texas City. The event will feature a collation of various dishes and a celebration of Joe Luna's life, accomplishments, and legacy.
Pallbearers will be Steve Lopez, Mike Lopez, John Lopez, Bobby Osoria, Tommy Price and Grant Murrell.
Honorary pallbearers will be Al Mazur, David Luna, Jamie Luna, Abel Moreno, Red Cross employees and volunteers, rugby friends, and the staff of Carnes Funeral Home.
Joe is preceded in the death by his father, Joe Luna Sr., and his brother, Daniel Luna.
Joe is survived by his wife, Jill Franklin; children, Joseph "Jay" Luna and his wife Stephanie, Jacquelyn Demers and her husband Timothy, and Jonathan Luna and his wife Kelly.
Other survivors include his mother, Eula Luna; brothers, David Luna and his wife Sylvia, Lee Ligon and his wife Olivia; sisters Gloria Williams, JoAnn Bertrand and Linda Valdez; sister-in-laws Kay Meek and Sandy West; mother-in-law Evelyn Homesely; stepdaughters, Tracy Morris and Heather Myers.
Grandchildren include Jade Moreno, Maddison Demers, Kennedy Demers, Owen Niermeyer, Jolie Luna, Jax Luna, Harley Luna, Jace Luna, Timothy Demers II, and Nixon Luna.
Additional survivors include many aunts, uncles and cousins, including the crazy cousins, and numerous friends.
Following high school, Joe Luna enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served as a staff sergeant in the 1st Infantry Division during the Vietnam War. He earned the Bronze Star and received a citation by the direction of the U.S. President for acts of heroism.
Joe returned to Texas City following this distinguished service where he worked at the U.S. Post Office for many years. After retirement, Joe’s good friend Jesse Ponce encouraged him to join the team at Carnes Funeral Home where he worked until he died.
Joe once remarked at a public memorial service that he was honored to serve people at their time of need. He said he considered it a privilege to help them and their loved ones.
Joe was also a dedicated fulltime volunteer at the Texas City Red Cross where he served on the disaster recovery team. Joe Luna drove large trucks, handled satellite systems, worked with the computers and had comprehensive knowledge of the disaster recovery team unit operations. He and his wife, Jill, were recognized numerous times for their service to disaster victims.
Joe Luna was also an enthusiastic sportsman and served as a team player in the Galveston Rugby Football Club. He was also active in the St. Mary's Men's Club.
Joe’s family was always the center of his life. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, "PawPaw", and friend to all. Friends and coworkers will remember him as a happy man with a servant's heart who enjoyed festivities, parades and celebrations with gusto.