Jesus (Jesse) Magallan, 59, passed away, May 2, 2013, peacefully at his home in Victoria, TX. Jesse was born on April 26, 1954, in Galveston, TX to Antonio and Guadalupe Ramirez Magallan. Jesse grew up in Victoria, TX. He graduated in 1973 from Victoria High School, where he was an all-region defensive tackle for the Fighting Stingarees. Jesse would then join the United States Navy and serve in Honolulu, HI and Guam manning the U.S.S. Badger as a machinist's mate fireman. After being honorably discharged, Jesse began his career with Shell Oil in Deer Park, TX. Jesse diligently worked his way up through the ranks at Shell during his 13 years of service as a Process Operator. Because of his expertise in chemical processing, Jesse was asked to join the OxyChem family and aid in the startup of their new plant in Ingleside, TX. Jesse moved his family from Deer Park to Victoria and would commute daily 75 miles each way to work. Despite the long drives, Jesse always found time for his children's many events. Jesse spent his final 11 years courageously battling injuries he sustained during a car accident while driving home.
Jesse was an avid sportsman, excelling in everything he tried: football, basketball, softball, long distance running and golf (and anything you challenged him to). He loved dancing, fishing and yard work. His clever mind made him a natural at board games and his quick wit made him loved by all. Jesse will be forever remembered for his infectious smile, unpredictable humor and his compassion for others. He was always a family man and he particularly had a special bond with his many nieces and nephews. But most of all he loved his wife of 38 years, Jane (nee' Ramirez) and his four children, Christopher (Jennifer), Michael, Mary Jane and Alina. Jesse is survived by his wife and four children, his mother, his grandchildren Zoe and Ava Magallan; his brothers Victor, Johnny, David, Anthony, and Joel Magallan; and sisters, Sarah Lira, Lupe Olguin, Mary Perez, Ciria Hernandez, Annie Ramirez, Connie Hernandez and Patricia Pena ; and his 36 nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 6-7PM on Friday, May 3, 2013, with a rosary to be recited at 7 PM, at Rosewood Funeral Chapel, Victoria, Texas.
Funeral Mass will be at 10 AM, Saturday, May 4, 2013, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Victoria, TX, with Father Patrick officiating.
Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Pallbearers are nephews Steven Magallan, David Magallan, Mark Magallan, Ralph Hernandez, Jr., Jesse Perez and Mark Lira
Honorary Pallbearers are Ector Rodriguez, Joshua Valenzuela and all of Jesse's nephews.
Floral Committee members are granddaughters Zoe and Ava Magallan; niece Deanna Pena; great nieces Tawney Lopez, Lauren and Lexi Mitchell, and Celeste Moon.
Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.rosewoodfuneralchapel.com.