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Manuel William Aguilar, Jr.

of Lubbock, TX

November 12, 1942 - January 2, 2020

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Manuel William Aguilar Jr., a proud pipefitter, community leader and family man, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Lubbock, Texas. He was age 77.

He was born on Nov. 12, 1942, in Brenham, Texas, eldest son of Manuel Guerra Aguilar and Irene Oliva Aguilar.

As a young boy, he spent some time living with his grandparents, Isidora and Lazaro Oliva, in Somerville, Texas, and in 1945 he joined his parents and moved to Lubbock and graduated from Lubbock High School in 1961.

As a teenager, he got involved in boxing and became a Golden Gloves National Champion, affectionately known as “Champino.”

On June 18, 1963, he married Lillie Garcia in Ogden, Utah, who he met at a dance at the Fair Park Coliseum. Settling in Lubbock, they began building a family that would include two sons and two daughters.

Mr. Aguilar began his career at Lubbock Manufacturing Co., and later Clark Manufacturing, where he helped organize a chapter of the United Auto Workers union, serving the Local as sergeant of arms and recording secretary in 1970.

After working as a union pipefitter throughout the 1970s, he became a cardholding member of Local 404 of the United Association of Pipefitters, Service Techs, Steamfitters, Sprinkler Fitters and Plumbers on Dec. 1, 1981, and he constructed power plants throughout the region.

He took great pride in his work, often saying, “Any power plant in the panhandle, all the way south to Earth, Texas, I helped build.” Driving around the cotton-growing region, if he passed a power plant, he’d remind family members, “See that cooling tower? I piped it.”

Committed to community, he was very active with the American G.I. Forum, a Mexican-American civil rights organization and helped start Lubbock’s tradition of hosting holiday visits from Santa’s cousin from the South Pole, “Pancho Clos” in 1970. He was active in Democratic Party politics and the Southwest Voter Registration Project. In 2018, he was awarded the Adelante Award for community activism by Los Hermanos Familia in Lubbock.

He was preceded in death by: his parents, Manuel Guerra Aguilar and Irene Oliva Aguilar; brothers Lazaro, Alfonso and Samuel Aguilar; and a grandson, Arya.

He is survived by: his wife of 56 years, Lillie (Garcia) Aguilar of Lubbock; son Stevan Aguilar and wife Noemi of Houston; son Jaime Aguilar and wife Jamie Torres of Denver; daughter Timi Aguilar and husband Robert Merkle of Castle Pines, Colo.; daughter Annikka Hernandez and husband Ramiro of Lubbock; five grandchildren; and his sister, Dora Trevino and husband Tony of Lubbock.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 5, at The Venue on Broadway, 2202 Broadway, in Lubbock. A Rosary service is at 6 p.m. Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6, at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Lubbock, with burial to follow at Peaceful Gardens Memorial Park.

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9 Condolence(s)
JL Rodriguez
Lubbock, TX
Tuesday, January 7, 2020

I had the pleasure of meeting Manual through the American GI Forum. He was a very dear friend. To the family I offer my prayers for your healing and also for the repose of Manuel. I wish I would have known of his passing so that I could have convade this personally and would have had the opportunity to pay my respects to him. God bless Lylie and the family. He will be truly missed.

Alfredo & Delia Gonzales
Lubbock, TX
Monday, January 6, 2020

Our deepest condolences, our prayers are with you, Lilly and the Aguilar family . Alfredo & Delia Gonzales

Jessica and Jessie Reeves
Lubbock, TX
Monday, January 6, 2020

Mr. Aguilar was such a great person. He was the first to every welcome my family to the block on 2nd St and I will never forget his consoling when my dad Arthur passed away a year ago. I will miss seeing his little blue truck across the street during day. May God be with his family in this time of sorrow.


Sylvia Urrutia
Lubbock, TX
Monday, January 6, 2020

In Our Heart

We thought of You today
But that is nothing new.
We thought about You yesterday.
And days before that too.
We think of You in silence.
We often speak Your name.
Now all we have are memories,
And Your picture in a frame.
Your memories is Our keepsake.
With which we'll never part
God has you in His keeping.
We have You in Our heart.

JB Kirk
Sunday, January 5, 2020

What a good person, you will be missed my friend. I will remember all the fun we had on the jobs we worked together on and all the work we did growing Local 404. Prayers be with the family.

Jerry and Trish Aguirre
Sunday, January 5, 2020

Anikka and Chachie we are so very sorry for your loss. Anikka we enjoyed visiting with your dad at the games. Please give Jeremiah a big hug from Jake. He keeps saying he can't believe Jeremiah's grandpa is gone. Jake lost his grandpa around this time last year, so he understands the hurt. Your dad loved Jeremiah and Jaz, that was very apparent and so was the live they have for him. Please know we are thinking about you and praying for you guys.❤

Monica Y. Sustaita
Lubbock, TX
Sunday, January 5, 2020

Tia Lillie- I'm so sorry for your loss. I pray the Holy Spirit to comfort you. I'm very grateful for the time we all spent together after my brother's demise; although brief, it was heartfelt and brought healing. Thank you for being an exemplified couple, husband and wife. God bless you.

Judi Heichelheim
Arlington, VA
Sunday, January 5, 2020

My condolences go out to the Aguilar family. One memory I have of him is when he helped me figure out to keep my hand-me-down car (my grandmother's old '65 Chevy Malibu) working despite the engine constantly flooding. I don't think I would have managed most of high school driving that car without his mechanical knowledge and patience to teach me how to handle that car! My thoughts and prayers are with out in the time of mourning and remembrance.

My sympathies,


Abel and Betty Garcia and AnaMarie Baker
Ogden, UT
Saturday, January 4, 2020

We just want to say how sorry our family is for your devastating loss of your dad. I can't even imagine the pain and the grief. Uncle Manual was a good human being with a great sense of humor. He will be missed. So Aunt Lillie, Stevan, Timi, Jaime & Annika, we want to send all of our love and prayers to all of you, and may God keep you in his loving arms..

Abel, Betty & Ana

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