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Juan Carlos Velasco Jr.

February 9, 1993 ~ October 20, 2021 (age 28)

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Juan Jr. was born on February 9, 1993, to Juan Velasco Sr. and Darlene Velasco in Fort Hood, Texas. He was the older brother of two siblings, his brother Kyle Velasco and his sister Summer Velasco. He loved his siblings and the opportunity to be a role model for them.

Juan Jr., Kyle, and Summer have always been very close often going on adventures. One of their favorite adventures was exploring Fort MacArthur Air force Base in San Pedro, CA. The three of them spent countless hours’ exploring around the base and sharing videos.

 Juan Jr. traveled with his family on many adventures throughout the years and saw different cultures and people around the world. He went on family trips to France (where he and his siblings was more aware of the ice cream than the Effile Tower), Germany (Where he learned to exchange dollars for Deutsche Marks), and Barcelona Spain (Where he watches knights joust). Juan Jr. enjoys family road trips around the United States with his family spending hours sharing ideas, stories, and companionship. Meeting people from all walks of life instilled a desire to get to know other people with different views on a more personal level and to better understand the issues that they have.              

Juan Jr. was very much a daddy’s boy during his teenage years. He received a pair of fingerless gloves from his dad. He wore those gloves everyday for years, until they fell apart.

 Juan Jr. was always interested in tinkering with technology. His love for technology began at the age of 3. Juan would take apart things like tv remotes, broken Gameboys, and electronic toy cars apart to see how they worked. By the time he was 5 he could repair TV remotes.  It was while being homeschooled in the 3rd grade Juan Jr. learned to take apart computers and repair them.  As he got older, his love for tech never changed. After completing high school at California Virtual Academy, Juan Jr. was enrolled at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi as a Computer Science major.

While attending Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Juan Jr. pursued knowledge in every aspect of technology both from his college courses and from his daily life. Juan’s passions were diverse.  He explored the world around him through religion, games, comic books, tech, chemistry, physics, and politics. While in school, his degree plan focused on video game programming. There he learned how to make physics engines as well as how to design games. Juan Jr. had a never ending appetite for knowledge.

Juan Jr. joined the Innovation in Computing Research Labs (ICORE), a research, development, and commercialization group that promotes excellence, innovation, and entrepreneurship in computing and related fields. There, Juan was able to apply the knowledge he had learned to develop computer software for ICORE’s clients. Some of the projects that ICORE worked on included machine learning, artificial intelligence, and software for operating UAVs. He also assisted Blackboard, a school management software, by providing technical support across the nation.

Juan Jr. began his love of gaming sitting in his dad’s lap at the age of 3. Juan Jr. and his brother Kyle spent countless hours gaming and/or watching video games.  As an avid gamer, Juan Jr. met many friends through his love of video games. Going by the name Gigacrash, he bonded with those he gamed with both online and in-person and made lasting friendships. 

Juan’s greatest trait was his propensity to help others. Juan Jr. was a brave and selfless young man. He often shielded those he loved from his own trials of life. When asked how he became so strong, he often said he got his strength from his mother. Being there for those he loved was something that he would pour, in the words of his favorite superhero, “Maximum Effort” into daily.

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Juan Carlos, Velasco Jr. (Gigacrash), 28, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on October 20, 2021. Visitation is planned for Saturday, November 6, 2021, from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM with the Celebration of his life service to follow the visitation from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at Heritage Funeral Home in Harker Heights. Juan’s repast will be 6500 Serpentine Dr. Killeen Texas 76542

Juan Carlos Velasco Jr. was preceded in death by his Grandmother, Florence Harvey; Great-Grandfather, Kyle Gordon; Great-Grandmother, Bernice Gordon; Great-Grandfather, Pablo Velasco; Great-Grandmother, Socorro Larios; Great-Grandfather, Jesus Perez; and Great-Grandmother, Petra Aragon.

He is survived by his Father, Juan Velasco Sr.; Mother, Darlene Velasco; Brother, Kyle Velasco; Sister, Summer Velasco; Grandparents, Jose Velasco and Maria Velasco, five Aunts, two Uncles and over 28 cousins : Best Friends, Ryan, Harley, Tara; and the lives of all those he met in his life.

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Services

Visitation
Saturday
November 6, 2021

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Heritage Funeral Home
425 E. Central Texas Expy
Harker Heights, TX 76548

Celebration of Life
Saturday
November 6, 2021

1:00 PM
Heritage Funeral Home
425 E. Central Texas Expy
Harker Heights, TX 76548

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