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Javier Vela

Vlea Javier Obit.

On Saturday, November 13, 2021, Javier (Jay, Javi) Vela, loving husband, father and grandfather of five, passed away at the age of 59.

Jay was born on August 18, 1962 in Rio Grande, TX to Constantino and Petra Vela. The family moved to Mexico soon after while his father travelled back and forth to Chicago and Southern California for work. The family eventually settled down in Roma, TX where his father built their house. On August 6, 1983 Jay married the love of his life, Nancy. They moved to Buckeye, AZ in 1984 and their daughter Mia was born shortly after they arrived.

Jay had several jobs in the Buckeye area including positions at Palo Verde Nuclear Power Plant, at a local cotton gin and at Paradise Waste. When he began working security at the Arizona Center in Phoenix he realized his professional calling in law enforcement. He attended the police academy in the evenings while he worked by day and was promoted several times at the Arizona Center. He then began what would become a 30-year career with the Buckeye Police Department. Jay served over 20 years as a police officer and upon retirement went right back to work there as a civilian. He was also an avid music lover and played in the St. Henry Spanish Charismatic band on drums and bass guitar. He recorded a few CDs with his Spanish Gospel music bandmates. Jay and Nancy were involved in numerous church ministries and their marriage was a beautiful display of God’s plan for husband and wife. He attended the Kino Catechetical Institute where he became certified to properly teach the Catholic faith. Jay was a founding member of the St. Henry Men’s Group and loved sharing the gospel message with his brothers. Jay was known for his quick wit, his infectious smile, and his kind and compassionate spirit but most of all for his love of the Lord, his family and his parish community.

Jay was preceded in death by his father, Constantino, and his brother, Constantino Jr. He is survived by his wife Nancy, his daughter Mia, his grandsons EJ, Evan, Erik, Adriel and Blanco, his sisters Maribel, Belia, Yesenia and several cousins, nieces, and nephews. A funeral Mass will be held on Monday, November 22nd, 2021 at St. Henry Catholic Church, 24750 W. Lower Buckeye Rd. The viewing will begin at 9:30 AM with a rosary at 10:30 and the Mass will begin at 11:00.

23 Comments on “Javier Vela

  1. Farewell my friend. Your humor will be most welcome in heaven.

  2. So sorry for your loss. Keeping you all in my prayers. Big hid from Family Rios.

  3. May God Receive your Soul on haven
    End give Straight to all your Family
    Life is Good butt to short
    So let me Invite Everyone to
    Engoy it
    Givin. Love to all brothers end Sisters Arround you Rest on Pease

  4. May our Lord and Savior bring you peace and comfort,.Our sincerest condolences from familia Soliz. Rest in Peace 🙏

  5. My most sincere condolences to the Vela Family. Rest In Peace Jay, You are missed already. The heavens will embrace you because wherever you are, a party always follows. Love you Cousin.

  6. RIP JAy your humor and unique personality will be missed love for your family the Gutierrez Familly 🙏🙏🙏🙏

  7. My most deepest condolences to the Vela family. Rest In Peace Jay! Keeping the Vela family in my prayers. May God give you strength to keep pushing forward.

  8. RIP Jay it was honor to have met you in this life words can’t explain how much you will be missed your unique and humor and personality will be embraced in heaven till we meet again brother 🙏🙏🙏🙏

  9. My deepest condolences Vela family. Our prayers are with you, May the Lord God give you comfort.

  10. Sending my Most Sincere Condolences Nancy, to you & your family. I’m so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all during this painful time. R.I.P. Jay 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

  11. My deepest condolences to Nancy Vela and the Vela family words can’t explain what your going through Jay you are missed already your unique humor and personality will be embraced in heaven RIP 🙏🙏🙏 till we meet again brother

  12. No existen palabras que den consuelo a esta gran pérdida acompañamos en su dolor a la familia que Dios reciba en sus brazos a nuestro nino Amén

  13. So so sorry For your loss Javier touch many lives. Beautiful story on Javier. He Will be missed. All we have is such good memories fun times God bless you and your family my deepest condolences love and prayers .❤️❤️

  14. Our deepest condolences to Nancy , Mia and the family. Jay was a great role model, a person who would be there when you needed someone to talk to and gave the best advice and always encouraged us to join law enforcement. We admire him for his work in the community and his involvement with church. He will be always remembered and loved. 🤍🙏🏼

  15. We will miss you Bro, your since of humor, jokes, laughter, joy , my sincerely condolences to Family.

  16. So sorry , we will miss you, you showed that carisma in you, you encourage all of us to be better in all we do. Thank you Bro Rest In Peace 🙏🙌

  17. I am so sorry for your loss. My dad’s name was also Constantino Vela and they were both cousins.
    Even though we don’t know each other personally, please accept our heartfelt condolences. May he Rest In Peace and the perpetual light shine upon him. 🙏🙏💗

  18. Mi más sentido pésame a Nancy. Mia e Nietos a toda su familia. Se le extrañará DEP Sr. Javier Vella . Qué Dios nuestro señor lo tenga en su Santa Gloria.

    Familia : Hernández, Granillo.

  19. We love you B-pa❤️You are gone but not forgotten, and this won’t be a farewell, see you again in gods kingdom🕊

  20. Nancy and family .. With sincere condolences at the loss of your dear departed ,Jay..May he rest in peace..

  21. Javier you were a great mentor & friend. You always brought the best out of us younger guys when I was at Buckeye PD. Rest in peace my brother. I send my deepest condolences to you Nancy & your family. Thank You for sharing him with us.

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