Don Cayetano Juarez Sr., a life-long resident of Napa, passed away February 27, 2015 with his loving family by his side. Don was born on December 6, 1936 in Napa, California to Darrel and Lois Juarez.
His family began their long lineage in Napa in 1840, when Mexican General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo, awarded his loyal soldier and friend, Cayetano Juarez the 8,865-acre land grant, which encompassed the present-day area of Soscol Gateway//East Napa. The area was known as Rancho Tulucay and is where Cayetano Juarez constructed the Old Adobe and resided with his family for almost 40 years. The Juarez family is considered to be very important to the early Mexican Era settlers of the Napa Valley region and Don Cayetano Juarez, Sr. was very proud of his family heritage and longed to see the Old Adobe restored. He was pleased to learn that recently the property had been purchased and that it would be restored. He was also happy to learn that the Old Adobe had been approved for listing on the National Register of Historic Places where the Juarez family would forever have a significant place in not only Napa history, but California and U.S. history as well. In 1859, Cayetano Juarez donated approximately 48 acres of this land to the City of Napa to establish Tulocay Cemetery, where Don Cayetano Juarez Sr. will be buried.
After attending both Salvador Elementary and Napa High School, he enlisted in the Army in 1954 where he was stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska. After his honorable discharge, he came back to his roots in Napa where he met the love of his life, Elaine Halley. They married in 1957 and started their family, having two children, Victoria and Don, Jr. Don and Elaine recently celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary; an accomplishment in which he was most proud.
Don was a long-time cattleman in the Napa Valley for over 50 years, and was also involved in trucking and farming. Loving the outdoors, hunting, fishing and camping were his greatest joys. Don introduced fishing to his daughter, Victoria and they shared many good times while fishing in Cabo San Lucas. Don cherished and enjoyed many hunting trips with his son, Don, Jr., son-in-law, David, and his two grandsons, Don III and Darrel, teaching them everything he knew about both hunting and fishing. Don also enjoyed vacationing with his family in Cabo San Lucas, Bodega Bay, and Silver Lake. He and Elaine will cherish the many fond memories and good times they had with their friends in the Santa Rosa RV Club.
Don is survived by his wife of 57 years, Elaine Juarez; daughter, Victoria (David) Rugg; son, Don (Patti) Juarez Jr; sister, Darryl House; five grandchildren, Courtney (Andrew), Don III (Lourgelly), Brandon (Anne-Catherine), Darrel (Claire), Gwendolyn; and step-grandson, Brandon; four great-grandchildren; aunt, Louise Iddings; sister-in-law, Sandra Von Dohlen; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Don is preceded in death by his parents, Darrel and Lois Juarez; sister, Lorita Carswell; and granddaughter, Megan Juarez.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. followed by a reception at Tulocay Cemetery Funeral Home, 411 Coombsville Rd., Napa. Interment with military honors will be on Monday, March 16, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. at Tulocay Cemetery. Arrangements under the care of Fairfield Funeral Home 707-425-1041.