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Juan Carvajal

d. May 29, 2023

Juan Crescencio Carvajal, 82, passed away in Lynchburg, Virginia on Monday, May 29th 2023, preceded in death by his loving wife Rubí Graniel.

Juan was born on October 20th 1940 in the city of Valladolid in the Mexican state of Yucatán. Juan was driven and hard working. He left school in the 3rd grade for manual labor on farms and cattle ranches to provide for his parents and five siblings. With little formal education, he taught himself English, mathematics, and nautical logistics to win his legal passage to the United States and acceptance to the Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies where he was licensed as a ship’s navigator and became a 2nd Mate for the International Organization of Masters, Mates, and Pilots. Over his impressive 40-year career as a merchant marine, he safely navigated treacherous, storm-battered waters, delivered ammunition during the Vietnam War, and traversed the globe—returning after each voyage with acquired languages, stories, and keepsakes to share with his wife and children in their long-time family home in New Orleans, Louisiana.

He is survived by his sisters, Imelda del Rosario Carvajal Sanchez, Teresa del Socorro Carvajal Contreras, Felisa Exaltación Carvajal Rivera, and his brother, Remigio Arecio Carvajal; his beloved children, Juan Crescencio Carvajal Jr., Ruby Carvajal Barrett, William Carvajal, Roxanne Carvajal, Joseph Alexander Carvajal with his wife, Leticia Adriana Pérez Carvajal, and Edwin Edward Carvajal with his wife, Kristi Dodd Carvajal; his cherished grandchildren, Rodolfo “Rudy” Barrett, Maegan Leigh Carvajal, Courtney Lynn Carvajal, Rusty Jordan Carvajal-Nigro and her husband Joseph John Nigro, Karly Simone Hagwood and her husband Graham Hagwood, Andrew William Carvajal, Adam Wriley Carvajal, Alexa Rubí Carvajal, Evan Walter Carvajal, and Aiden Martin Carvajal; and his great grandchildren whom he doted on: Alice Ann Ciccolini, Aubrey Jane Brown, and Ella Ruby Nigro.

He will be cremated and laid to rest on family property. A funeral mass will be held at Holy Cross Catholic Church on Monday, June 5, 2023 at 11 a.m. by Father Sal Anonuevo.

Juan Carvajal faced considerable adversity in his life and did so always with courage, humor, and an indefatigable strength that will be fondly remembered.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg is assisting the family. To send condolences, please visit our website at
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