Jose Alfredo Aguilar

July 5, 1967 ~ June 1, 2022 (age 54)


Jose Alfredo Aguilar was born on July 5, 1967 in Nyssa, OR. Affectionately known as Chato, he spent the first part of his life growing up in Eastern Oregon and he enjoyed spending his time with his maternal grandfather Raymundo and grandmother Rosalba.  He would often share childhood memories of fishing, hunting, and learning the facts of life from his grandparents.

He and his family moved to Central Point, OR where he graduated from Crater High School and immediately enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. Jose was always incredibly proud to have been of service to his country and loved every second of being a Marine. He was deployed and served during the Gulf War. Upon completion of his service, he returned to Eastern Oregon and then moved in 1994 to Boise ID. 

Jose worked at Boise State University as the Facilities Operations and Maintenance worker. He poured his heart and soul into his work and he was admired for it. There truly wasn’t anything that Jose couldn’t do. He played many roles in life and was hardworking, driven, tenacious, selfless, and incredibly generous. Jose was a resilient figure in the face of adversity and a person who provided exemplary effort. His family was always his first priority, and his spontaneous spirit led to fantastic adventures. Jose was a dreamer who loved life and his family to the fullest!  

To know Jose is to have laughed with or to have shared a kind word, whether a close friend or stranger. Being humbly social was a special gift upon which Jose was bestowed; those around him were drawn to his infectious personality. Jose had a disarming smile that could put anyone at ease; from newborns to the elderly, everyone was Jose's friend. His sense of humor was second to none and he was as compassionate as he was funny.  Selflessness and generousity were two traits that highlighted his personality.  Jose was a wonderful older brother to his siblings. Jose touched the lives of so many people in such a short amount of time; he made it a point to make all those he encountered feel important and special. He showed up when it mattered, had your back, and gave to those in need.
His daughters’ say:

“Dad was the most reliable person we've ever known. Any time we had any trouble, we knew that we could call him and he would be able to help us. Dad knew the answer to every problem we ever had, and he would drop everything and come running if we even hinted at needing anything. We always knew that no matter what situation we ended up in, Dad would always be there to support us or help us out. He was our go-to person for any problem; no matter how big or small. We always knew that we would be able to get through anything life threw at us with Dad's help. He cared more about the safety and well-being of his loved one's over everything and always put others before himself. If any of his friends or loved ones were facing trouble , he would do anything and everything he could to help. He would push back all concerns for himself aside in his efforts to make sure that others were okay. He was an amazing father-figure to us and always made sure that we were treated fairly and were always safe. Dad never failed to make us laugh and feel appreciated as he made sure to give us gifts for every Holiday; no matter how small or big. He made the little things in life fun and spent as much time with us as he could. He introduced us to new hobbies and would fully support us in any activity that we could possibly desire. He would always make time in his schedule to see us and we knew that he was only a simple text away. In our father's passing, our family is not only losing a best friend, but the world is losing an extraordinary selfless and kind hearted soul. “

Jose was so special. He represented the good that we all need every day in our lives. He was one of a select few who could actually rise to meet challenges with a smile. We are proud to have called Jose family. His spirit is one of one.

He is survived by his two daughters whom he loved very much, Isabel Aguilar & Sophia Aguilar and their mother Els V.; his parents "Juan" Antonio Aguilar and Maria Luisa Rosales; his brother Tony Aguilar, wife (Jennifer Aguilar) and their children Sheldon and Lydia; his sister, Patricia Aguilar and her children Garrett and Caleb; his cousins, aunts, uncles, and the countless friends and lives Jose has touched throughout his life.

Jose is preceded in death by both sets of grandparents and his youngest brother, Oscar A Aguilar. 

There will be a funeral service on Sunday, June 12, 2022 at 2 PM  held at Relyea Funeral Chapel located at 318 N. Latah Street, Boise ID 83706. His final resting place will be at Siskiyou Memorial Park, Medford OR.

Rest Jose and well done.
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 
2 Timothy 4:7


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June 12, 2022

2:00 PM
Relyea Funeral Chapel
318 North Latah St
Boise, ID 83706

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Siskiyou Memorial Park
2100 Siskiyou Blvd.
Medford, ID 97504

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