James Donald Juge

James Donald Juge

October 11, 1935 - September 16, 2020
Garden Grove

James Donald Juge

October 11, 1935 - September 16, 2020
Garden Grove


Celebrating the Life of Don Juge +

James Donald Juge was born in Louisiana on October 11, 1935 to Frank and Lilly Juge.

He had two sisters – Virginia who preceded him in death – and Diane.

The family moved to Southern California when he was 6 years old and settled around the Coliseum area.

He attended Nativity grammar school and lived next door to the convent and school.  His mother always volunteered him to do chores for the Sisters and he even mowed their lawn.

He then attended Mount Carmel all boys High School and from there he went to Loyola University where he graduated with a degree in Engineering.  He was also in the ROTC at Loyola where he graduated as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force.

He met Carol, the Love of his life, in 1954 and they were married in 1956 while he was still in college. He graduated college with two children, Tere & Dean.  He went to work for the State of California in the Bridge Dept. (later being known as CALTRANS).

After nine months he took a leave of absence to fulfill his military obligation.

He moved his family to Laredo, Texas, his first assignment, where his daughter, Lisa, was born. From there he was sent remote to Alaska for one year at the time of the Cuban Crisis.  Coming home he returned to his job at CALTRANS where he worked for 37+ years.

In 1964, he and Carol were blessed with another son, Ken, who has preceded him to Heaven in 2016.

Don had 4 children, 8 Grandchildren, and 10 Great-Grandchildren, each one special and truly loved.

The family moved to Garden Grove, where they joined St. Polycarp in 1965. He was one of the founding volunteers for the 1st fiesta, was an officer in the Men’s Council, a founding member of the Knights of Columbus, and was retreat captain and co-captain for Mater Dolorosa.

Don loved people. He loved to hug and to smile. He just loved. He loved his God most of all and spread that love to all he met.

He loved fishing and camping especially with the family and grandchildren and several times with friends. He really enjoyed his fishing with his Grandson, Jonathan and “brother” in law Woody.

He enjoyed many close and special friends from as far back as High School and his many close and special friends at St. Polycarp and all the many others at church that he might not have known your name but you were his friend. He loved our many priests here throughout the years.

He loved his wife, Carol, of 64 years with all his heart and he loved ALL of his family more than words can express.

I leave you with a letter written by a family member ,.

“While I have always been referred to as my favorite son-in-law, I really have felt the same as a son would feel.  I looked up to my Dad.

I wanted to achieve things in life and make my Dad proud.  I wanted my Dad to be a fantastic Papa.  I looked to my Dad as Man of Integrity.

I loved to joke with my Dad.  I learned how to maintain cars from my Dad.   I saw Dand and how he treated his wife, and I wanted to do as

He did.  I watched Dad speak proudly of his marriage as the years ticked by, and I wanted to do the same.  I went camping with my Dad and

Now it’s my favorite thing.  My Dad loved road trips, and so do I.  Family is central to my Dad’s world, and it is to mine as well.  My children all

Have special bonds with my Dad which makes this son so proud.  I have become a better man because of my Dad.  I have become a better

husband because of my Dad.  I have become a better dad because of my Dad, my teacher, my mentor.  I will miss my Dad, but I will always feel

especially blessed that I had a Dad in my life.      I love my Dad. ”


Funeral Mass

  • Date & Time: September 25, 2020 (10:00 AM)
  • Venue: St. Polycarp Catholic Church
  • Location: 8100 Chapman Avenue Stanton, CA 90680 - (Get Directions)

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4 responses to James Donald Juge

  1. Carol Juge says:

    To my wonderful husband. You are and always have been the love of my life.
    I miss you so much. Thank you for all the love you have given me and for our wonderful children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren And for always taking care of me.

  2. Special man, special couple, special family! I was privileged to be Don’ pastor, Carol’s, too, from July, 2011 to June, 2020, the time I was transferred to Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Ladera Ranch. Funny, I thought I would be able to retire from St. Polycarp Church and School but the good Lord had other plans! Leaving St. Polycarp while in a Pandemic was not what I hoped for but please know that Don, your husband, your dad, your granddad and great granddad was very dear to me. I will always remember his warm smile and joy he exuded. Don always supported me and the parish in many efforts and I deeply appreciate it. Among the things we have in common is that both our families have a “stain glass window” in our beloved St. Polycarp Church…forever!
    God Bless Don’s memory and peace and joy to the Juge family.

    Fr. Michael St. Paul

  3. Janis Cole says:

    I am a second cousin and a third cousin to Don, (connections by both his mother and his father). I have always loved seeing Don and Carol at big family gatherings, weddings, birthday parties, and now, most recently, memorials. As I read his beautiful story and saw his beautiful image, I feel that I missed so much of this wonderful man’s life. I wish that I had been physically closer, to visit more often. But with the size of his family and church family, Don was pretty busy.
    I was totally blessed to be able to see Don and visit with him on the day before he passed away. He looked so great and peaceful. And, he was still as good-looking as he had been all of his life. It was a joy to be able to kiss him and to wish him blessings as he progressed on to heaven. All of my love, Don.

  4. Dan Mann says:

    It was always such a blessing to see the Juge’s and Wheelhouse’s at family gatherings. When someone like Don leaves/passes on, seems almost like an emptiness/void that is never really filled in this life. May memories of Don and the love of family/friends surround you and give you strength and comfort.

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