John D. Van Meter
John Duane Van Meter, 24, of Uvalde died on Jan. 23, 2019, in Uvalde.
He was born on Dec. 20, 1994, in Fountain Valley, California, to Rebecca (Cardona) and John Van Meter.
The family says his greatest joy in life was boxing. Starting at the age of 10, he brought home two gold medals in the Texas Olympics. He turned professional later in his career. He loved being around others boxing, often stopping his training to help a young fellow boxer. The family says he lit every room up with his smile and loved to be around his family.
He was preceded in death by his daughter; Emmalyn Jade Van Meter; grandmother, Lynn Marie Sunday; and great-grandfather, Diego Gloria Cardona.
Van Meter is survived by his son, John Jayce Van Meter; daughter, Amra Renee Van Meter; his parents; two brothers, Joseph Anthony Van Meter and Jaydyn Diego Van Meter; and sister, Destiny Elizabeth Van Meter, all of Uvalde; and extended family and friends and the boxing community.
A visitation was held Sunday from noon to 9 p.m., and a prayer service was held at 7 p.m., at the Chapel of Serenity at Hillcrest Memorial Funeral Home of Uvalde.
A funeral service was held Monday at 11 a.m., also at the Chapel of Serenity at Hillcrest Memorial Funeral Home.
Honorary pallbearers were Crispin Reyna III, David Morin, Rudy Kovac, David Rodriguez, Joseph Van Meter, Jayden Van Meter, Paul Gonzales and Stevie Cardona, all of Uvalde.
Hillcrest Memorial, www.hillcrestmemorialfuneralhome.com