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Juan Vasquez

Juan Vasquez, 40, of Effingham, passed away at 4:03 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, at Johnson Funeral Home in Effingham. Burial will be on Woodlawn Cemetery in Effingham. Visitation was held from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Johnson Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made in loving memory of Juan to the family for his children: Samantha, Drew and Lucas.

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Juan was born on August 29, 1976, in Flora, the son of Juan and Lila (Simmons) Vasquez. He married Jennifer Mathews on November 6, 1998, at Christ’s Church of Effingham. She survives.

Juan Vasquez was a proud father of three who lived for his family and football. He was the co-founder of the Effingham Panthers semi-pro football team. His passion for football led him to be an outstanding coach and mentor for many youth football players in the community. Juan made a tremendous impact on many young lives through his years of coaching. Many kids looked at Juan as a father figure because he was a great listener, gave great life advice, and was impartial to bias.

His other hobbies included boxing and MMA. He was a competitor in every aspect of life. Juan was known for his free spirit, endless drive to achieve his dreams and his ability to see the potential in others. With his passing, Juan left a heroic legacy by providing the gift of life for six people by his organ donation through the Gift of Hope.

Juan is survived by his wife, Jennifer Vasquez, of Effingham; daughter, Samantha Mathews, of Effingham; sons, Drew Vasquez and Lucas Vasquez, both of Effingham; father, Juan Vasquez, of San Antonio; step-father, Larry Braundmeier, of Effingham; siblings, Shannon (Reggie) Key, of San Antonio, Felix (Sonya) Vasquez, Beth Braundmeier and Sarah Braundmeier, all of Effingham; Juana Vasquez, of Nixon, Texas, David Vasquez, of Orlando, Florida, Sonya (Sergio) Torres, Johnathan Vasquez, Chris (Shannon) Waller and Stephanie (Manuel) Sepeda, all of San Antonio; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Jim and Nancy Mathews, of Effingham; brothers-in-law, Phil (Joyce) Mathews, of Effingham, and James (Amanda) Mathews, of Surprise, Arizona; sister-in-law, Leann (Glen) Kinkelaar, of Effingham; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son, Anthony Vasquez; mother, Lila Simmons-Braundmeier; brother-in-law, Jeffrey Mathews; sister-in-law, Lori Mathews; and nephew, Philip Mathews.

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