Pastor Justin Garcia

In Loving Memory

On November 1, 2013 Rev. Justin Garcia went home to be with the Lord at 92. He was born in Calexico on April 14, 1921, the second son to Reverend Francisco and Maria Garcia. As a young man the family immigrated to a farming community known as Bakersfield, CA. He and his brothers, Olegario, Roberto, and sister Ellena enjoyed their new life, but sadly without their little brother Francisco Jr. (Frankie) who died at a very young age. His father pastored a church in the San Joaquin Valley for thirty years. And during that time, he joyfully designed the blueprint and he and his brother’s help built his father’s church where God could bless His people.

And much later in time as member of the Apostolic Church of El Monte, he was the architect and led the construction to assist Rev. Phillip Rangel with a new church for a larger congregation. As a young man attending an Apostolic Assembly Youth Convention in Los Angeles, CA, he was introduced to a beautiful young woman Dora Soto, who later became his wife on March 6, 1946 for the duration of 68 years. He played his accordion in the youth orchestra and she sang in the choir. In his youth he followed his dreams to study architecture, classical piano, and law, and later in life he attended Fuller Theological Seminary. As a trained pilot he very much liked to fly and eventually owned his own airplane after serving in ‘1943 in the Army Air Force in WWII.

Four children blessed the happy couple, Judy, Jeri, Justin Jr. and Rena. From these children the family grew in size with the beauty of eight grandchildren, Lydia, Yvonne, Jamie, Christi, Lindsey, Dannielle, Mandy and Justine. And five precious great-grandchildren, Matthew, Malaya, Dorian, Aliyah, and Andrew, and one sweet great-grandson yet to be born in January 2014, bringing the count to six.

In 1951 he served with an open heart as the elected Mayor of the City of Irwindale. But preaching and teaching the Word of God was the oil of gladness in his life for 40 years as pastor of the Apostolic Church of Burbank. He was a courageous man of faith in this life’s challenging journey. He joins his beloved wife, Dora Garcia and his brothers, Olegario Garcia and his lovely wife Isabel, Roberto Garcia, and his sister Elena Garcia, as well as his parents, Francisco and Maria Garcia. He embraced the following scripture: “Looking for the blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ. Titus 2:13

Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills – (Old North Church)
6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90068
Friday, November 15, 2013

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Graveside Service at the “Courts of Remembrance”
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