Funeral of second Harris County deputy to die from coronavirus held in Deer Park

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

DEER PARK, Texas – The funeral of the second Harris County deputy to die from coronavirus was held Friday morning in Deer Park.

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 last weekend.

Menchaca’s funeral mass was held at St. Hyacinth Catholic Church and full honors were rendered outside the church after the mass.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez remembered Menchaca as a dedicated public servant who was godly, kind and caring.

“Our county and our Sheriff’s Office is better because Johnny Menchaca served with us, and a lot of us learned from him,” Gonzalez said. “He will never be forgotten.”

Sgt. Raymond Scholwinski, who was also 70 years old, was the first Harris County Sheriff’s deputy to die from COVID-19. He died in early May.

You can watch Menchaca’s funeral below:

Funeral for Harris County deputy who died from coronavirus

The funeral of Harris County Deputy Juan Menchaca, who died from coronavirus last week, is being held in Deer Park this morning.

Posted by KPRC2 / Click2Houston on Friday, June 19, 2020

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