Juan Gabriel Murillo Giraldo passed away surrounded by his loved ones on Monday, March 11, 2019 at the age of 72 due to heart failure. He was a permanent resident of Baton Rouge, Louisiana since last year. He was born in Medellin, Colombia and lived most of his life in Valencia, Venezuela.
Juan Murillo was a man of faith, and a beloved father. He studied Psychology at Universidad de la Tercera Edad (UTE) in Venezuela. He dedicated his career to teaching addiction prevention and how to recover from substance abuse. He preached at schools, churches, and local communities a message of empowerment and transformation through God. His 47 years of permanent recovery and freedom from addiction, inspired the lives of many families and friends. He was an aviation enthusiast and enjoyed piloting small planes. He was an engineer by heart, and a passionate motivational speaker. He wanted to be remembered as in Matthew 25:23: "Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things".
Survived by Mirian Ceballos; his children Sinue Murillo, Smirenie Toro, Maria Gabriela Murillo Dillard and her husband Christopher Dillard, Cindy Maria Murillo Hanberry and her husband Joel Hanberry, and Gabriel Jose Murillo; his two grandchildren Cody Matthew Dillard and Janko Hanberry; his brothers and sisters from Colombia, Jorge Humberto, Martha Lucia, Beatriz Elena, Luis Roberto, Alvaro Leon, Pedro Maria, Juan Diego, Eva Lia, Maria Jose and Carlos Alberto. He was predeceased by his parents Juan Antonio Murillo and Gabriela Giraldo and older sister Nohra Gabriela.
He will be remembered during the 9:30 am mass at Saint George Catholic Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Sunday March 17, 2019. Juan's remains will rest at Saint George Cemetery at 7808 Saint George Dr, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70809.
The family of Juan Murillo wish to extend our sincere thanks to the doctors and staff at the Bluebonnet Baton Rouge General Medical Center Emergency Room and Intensive Care Unit for their commitment and effort in the care of our loved one and Resthaven Funeral home services for their help.
In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated for Victory Harvest Ministry Baptist Church at www.victoryharvest.org, where he gave his last teaching on addition prevention and Hispanic Apostolate of the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge at www.apostoladohispano.org.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook or leave a personal note to the family at www.reshavenbatonrouge.com