Mass of Christian burial was Dec. 3 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Bridgeport. Father Jacob Alvares officiated. Burial was in East Bridgeport Cemetery under the direction of Jones Family Funeral Home.
John was born March 20, 1934, in Winters to Carlotta Govea and Juan Villanueva Cortez. He married Juanita Martinez of Ballinger July 11, 1954.
He was a retired contractor. When he and his family moved to Bridgeport in 1969 from Plainview, he brought seven other families with him to help with his construction business.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years; son John K. Cortez and Amberly of Bridgeport; daughters Margaret G. Cortez of Dallas, Sandra Burson and husband, James, of Bridgeport, and Christina Zielinski and husband, Henry, of Prosper; grandchildren Jonathan Clay Cortez and wife, Michelle, Kandace Lee Cortez, Olivia Nicole Burson, Nathan Todd Burson, Madison Nicole Cortez, Mackenzie Ryan Cortez, Alexa Brynn Zielinski, Kevin Jeyton Cortez and Maxim John Zielinski; and great-grandchild Kaiden Sean Cortez.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Macario.