Jesse Navarrette, 95, passed away Aug. 18, 2013, at his home in Belton. He was born on March 29, 1918, to the late Joe and Octavia Navarrette.
Jesse was a World War II Veteran. He proudly served in the Battle for Central Europe and was in the 15th Field Artillery BN 28th Division in France, Belgium and Germany. He was a recipient of the following awards, medals and ribbons: a Bronze Star, two battle stars, the American Theater Victory, European African Middle Eastern Campaign, American Campaign, Good Conduct Medal, World War II Medal of Honor and World War II Victory Medal. After his service he attended Southwestern University in Georgetown. Jesse settled down in Belton, where he worked as a foreman at Griggs Equipment for 22 years. He moved to San Antonio where he retired from McDonnough Limestone, now known as Martin-Marietta. When he retired he moved back to Belton, the town he loved so much.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Octavia Navarrette; brother Aicadio Navarrette and sisters Lupe Navarrette, Heriberta Molina and Lenora Almazon.
Jesse is survived by his beloved wife Estella Rodríguez Navarrette; sons Raymond Navarrette, Joe Navarrette, John L. Navarrette and wife Chloe, Carlos E. Navarrette and wife Terri, Michael A. Navarrette and Robert J. Navarrette and wife Monica; daughters Rebecca Tindle and husband Darrell, Dora Zapata and husband Mike, Mary Ester Navarrette and Janet G. Jones; step-sons Ronnie Castor and wife Yolanda and Robbie Castor and wife Rose; step-daughter Debbie Davino and husband Mike; sisters Ester Almazan and Olivia Rodriguez and husband Raymond; brother Dario Navarrette and wife Frances; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the VA hospital doctors and nurses for their help through he many issues Jesse had been facing the past couple of years.
A Graveside Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 30, at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery at 11463 State Hwy 195, Killeen. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to The Salvation Army or a charity of your choice.
Services have been entrusted to Heritage Funeral Home, 425 E. Central Texas Expressway, Harker Heights.
Condolences may be left at www.heritage-funeralhome.com.