Eluterio M. “JR” Castilleja passed away October 22, 2022, in Lubbock, TX. He was born March 3, 1961, to Eluterio R. Sr., and Manuela (Macias) Castilleja, in Floydada, TX. JR graduated from Petersburg high school in 1979; He was a state qualifier in track and field and was the best all-around athlete his senior year. JR married Rebecca Hernandez in 1991; together, they raised 2 boys and 2 girls, Michael, Andrew, Liz, and Ashley.
JR wore a few hats during his journey through life, not only was he a husband and father, but he was also a television host for Pure Tejano Music, a disc-jockey, operated a mobile car wash, was an investigator for 30 years at Glasheen, Valles, and Inderman, and was the President of Lubbock Youth Football for 30 years. One of his memorable life moments was interviewing Selena; he asked her, “how would you like to be remembered,” which was featured on Netflix and Peoples Magazine.
JR was of the Catholic faith and a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Lubbock. He enjoyed football, BBQ, TTU Athletics, tailgating, and was known for his fajitas and tripas. JR also coordinated the performance of Little Joe and the Hometown Boys at the Largest Castilleja Reunion.
JR was preceded in death by his father, Eluterio R., his in-laws, Frank and Annas Hernandez, a sister-in-law, Rosemary Hernandez, and his beloved dogs, Buffy1 and Buffy2. Those remaining to cherish the many memories he left are: his wife, Rebecca, of Lubbock, a son, Michael (Tania) of Tyler, 2 daughters, Liz of Brownfield and Ashley of Shallowater, and a son Andrew (Katy) of Lubbock; 11 grandchildren: Derian, Maddisyn, Aaliyah, Brooklyn, MaKenzie, Isabella, Addisyn (Petal), Taylor, Peyton, Adrianna, and Michael Noah; his mother, Manuela Castilleja, of Petersburg, 3 sisters, Bernabe (Hugo) Gonzales of Oklahoma City, OK, Bentura Navarro of Petersburg, a brother, Domingo(Anjie) of Petersburg, a sister Virginia Sedillo (Domingo) of Petersburg, and several nieces and nephews who loved him dearly.
A visitation and rosary are scheduled for Tuesday, October 25, 2022, at Combest, Venue on Broadway, 2202 Broadway, from 2:00PM-6:00PM, with rosary starting at 6:00PM. A funeral service will be held Wednesday, October 26, 2022, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, at 10:00AM. Burial will follow at Petersburg Cemetery in Petersburg, Texas.