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Friday September 23rd, 2022
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Pastor Juan "John" Soto Jr. Resident of Meadow

Mr. Juan L. Soto “John” 77, of Meadow passed away peacefully into the arms of Jesus on Friday September 16, 2022, in San Angelo, Texas. A visitation will be held Friday September 23, 2022, 5-8 p.m. at Grace Funeral Care Lubbock chapel located at 6604 Interstate 27. A service celebrating his life will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday September 24, 2022, at Frist Baptist Church in Meadow. He will be laid to rest in the Meadow cemetery.

Juan was born December 6, 1944, in Del Rio, Texas to the late Juan Soto Sr. and Caterina L. Soto. Juan also known as “John” married the love of his life Jesusa S. Soto on May 24, 1964, and to this matrimony was born 4 biological children: Kristina, Laura, Abigail, and Joel. “Soto” as nicked named by his wife, was a hardworking man and a strong believer and servant of Christ along with Jesusa. He traveled many cities throughout Texas and abroad preaching and teaching the Gospel. He simply was the hands and feet of Jesus reflected in the earth after his life was changed and he received the Lord as savior.

Juan entered the ministry thus starting the ministry of evangelism in the early 80’s and shortly after began his pastoral ministry as the Pastor of Templo Calvario in Muleshoe, Texas. He remained faithful to this ministry for 7 years before returning the mission field evangelizing. Pastor Soto was then called into pastoral ministry again and served in Denver City from year 2000 – 2003 and then moved to Meadow where he and his family officially settled and resided until his passing. Juan loved to sing praise and worship, enjoyed family time, and was a friend to everyone thus never meeting a stranger. Juan also loved his pet duck and dogs. He loved to travel to different cities. His dedication to the Lord continued as he read and studied the scriptures, prayed for others, and played his “Bajo Sexto” as worship. Pastor Soto not only worked as a pastor but his love for building and creating things with his hands afforded him the opportunity to work as a carpenter, building houses.

Pastor Soto is preceded in death by his parents; Juan Soto Sr. and Katherina Soto, his loving wife of 57 years, Jesusa Soto, daughter; Abigail Rivas, son; Joel John Soto, grandson; Joel Keith Soto, one granddaughter, and 2 great granddaughters.

Left to cherish his memories, are children; Kristina Soto-Chacon (Juan Carlos), Laura Zavala (Robert), and a special adopted daughter/granddaughter; Amanda Vega-Martin (Gregory). He also leaves to cherish his memory 14 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren, his pet duck Aflac and a host of other relatives, friends, and ministry cohorts.

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Today Im feeling my Heart missing my spiriual Father..God give me the Streagh to pass my hur😪 and pain in missing his call to see how i am doing physically and Spiriually..

Rebecca Placencia Sep 29 2022 2:33 PM

Daddy it has been 5 days without out you here on earth and it feels like an eternity. I will always and forever miss and love you daddy.

Laura Soto Zavala Sep 21 2022 11:24 PM

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Laura Zavala Sep 21 2022 11:16 PM

My most sincere condolences

Emma Dominguez Sep 21 2022 2:50 PM

Rest in Peace Brother Soto, my Greatest memory of you I carry in my heart, you help lead my dad Jose Ibarra to the Lord, and you even loaned him your personal bible, if which I had the honor of returning it to you years after my daddy had passed on in Jan 21,2000. We never forget about how much this act of kindness impacted both my dad and myself. Many prayers for comfort for your family members and my sincerest condolences 🙏

Juanita Ibarra-Carpenter Sep 20 2022 11:26 PM

i love you so much dad rest up in heaven

skylina marquez Sep 20 2022 11:11 PM

Thank you for being a good friend Brother Soto.
We will miss you. 😢
Danny & Stella Berlanga

Danny berlanga Sep 19 2022 9:11 PM