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Jose Francisco Rangel, known affectionately to all as Paco, lived a life as vibrant and warm as the Texas sun in his beloved hometown of McAllen. He stepped onto life's great dance floor on April 14, 1975, and took his final bow on January 20, 2024, in the very place he began his spirited journey.
Paco's life was a testament to the power of laughter, love, and a good plumber's wrench. He was the cherished son of Felicitas Ramirez and Francisco Rangel, and the brother who added a dash of humor to every family gathering, leaving his siblings Martha Davila, Marcos Garcia, Lina Rangel, Maria Martinez, Jaime Garcia, Anna Cuellar, Patricia Rangel, Francisco Rangel, and Fernando Rangel with memories that would forever echo with laughter.
After mastering the halls of Nikki Rowe High School with his trademark grin, Paco dove into the world of plumbing, proving that pipes and jokes both need the right timing to work. His work was more than a job; it was a stage for his humor, where he became the unofficial comedian-in-residence for colleagues and clients alike.
But it wasn't just pipes and punchlines for Paco. His heart belonged to his children - Jose Francisco Rangel Jr., Khloe Rangel, Nathanal Rangel, Nicolas Rangel, Jesse Escobedo, and Michael Lucero. Each one inherited a bit of their dad's wit and warmth, ensuring the laughter would ripple through generations.
Paco's zest for life was as boundless as his love for dancing, an activity that he pursued with the same passion as a plumber chasing a leak. Friends often joked that he could dance before he could walk, and his twinkle-toed antics were the highlight of many a gathering.
On the rare occasion he wasn't cutting a rug, you could find Paco savoring a cold budweiser or playing with his loyal canine sidekick, Spade, who was possibly the only living creature that could outpace him in a game of fetch.
Describing Paco is easy: loving, funny, friendly. He never met a stranger, just a friend he hadn't shared a joke with yet. His laughter was infectious, his friendship a gift, and his absence will be felt deeply by all who were lucky enough to share in his mirthful journey through life.
Paco Rangel's curtain call may have come, but the afterparty will continue in the hearts of those he touched with his humor and humanity. In a world that often takes itself too seriously, Paco was a much-needed reminder that life, like a good dance, is best enjoyed with a smile.
A gathering of family and friends will take place on Tuesday, January 23 and Wednesday, January 24, 2024 from 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm with prayer servce at 7:00 pm both evenings.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Rivera Funeral Homes of McAllen, Texas.