Funeral details released for Harris County Sheriff’s deputy who died of coronavirus

Deputy Juan Menchaca
Deputy Juan Menchaca (Harris County Sheriff's Office)

HOUSTON – The Harris County Sheriff’s deputy who died Saturday of coronavirus will be laid to rest on Friday, officials announced Monday.

Deputy Juan Menchaca, 70, was a 14-year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and succumbed to his weeks-long battle with coronavirus, officials said.

A funeral service for Menchaca will be held at St. Hyacinth Catholic Church, located at 2921 Center St. in Deer Park, Texas on Friday, June 19. Due to limited seating, the funeral will be closed to the public but you can watch it on the HCSO Facebook page.

“The community is welcome to join us for outdoor ceremonies," HCSO officials wrote in a release Monday.

The schedule for his service was announced Tuesday.

  • Private Viewing: 9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
  • Public Viewing: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
  • Rosary: 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Mass: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

“Full Honors following the service outside the church with social distancing protocols in place,” HCSO said. “It is recommended for all attendees to have a mask on and to practice social distancing.”

Menchaca was the second HCSO employee to die after contracting the virus. Sgt. Raymond Scholwinski, who was also 70 years old, died in early May after a long battle with the virus.

KPRC 2 will update this story when more details become available.