John Alfred Orozco

john orozco

October 30, 1956 ~ January 3, 2024

Born in: Bryan, Texas
Resided in: College Station, Texas

John was born to Miguel (Mike) and Clementine (Tina) Orozco on October 30, 1956 in Bryan, Texas where he grew up with his younger sister Michelle. John graduated from Bryan High School in 1975. He was most proud to excel in athletics, which ironically led to his lifelong passion of music and guitar after a shoulder injury forced him to find other hobbies. Strumming on a guitar his dad bought him to pass the time, he taught himself to play by ear and spent the rest of his life playing, sharing, and loving music.  He toured with multiple bands, helped build the College Station “Blue Heat” D.A.R.E. band, played in almost every honky-tonk in Bryan/College Station, and even cut a record on Mad Yak record label in 1977 with the Sweetbriar Band. John’s claim to fame was that he was so versatile, he could play any instrument “except brass and woodwinds.”

Sparked by inspiration to follow in the steps of his father Mike, the first Hispanic Lieutenant with the Bryan Police Department, John joined the College Station Police Department in 1979 and proudly served 20 years as a patrolman, detective, and member of the SWAT team and SORT.  Throughout his life, John studied martial arts and brought his training into his police work, supporting the training of fellow officers in self-defense tactics and developing physical training (PT) programs.  Early and most notably in his policing career, John responded to a routine patrol call in which his future wife Debi answered Officer Orozco’s knock at the front door. They married 2 years later, and as John was fond of saying, “the rest is history” as they have been married for 41 years.

John fulfilled a lifelong mission to return to college, after foregoing in his early years to pursue his music career and completed his remaining coursework to graduate from Sam Houston State University in 2004 with a B.A. in Criminal Justice.

After obtaining his degree and following his retirement from the CSPD, John leveraged his law enforcement experience and served 11 years with Texas A&M’s TEEX (Texas A&M Engineering Extension Services) as a lead instructor specializing in training state & local government agencies in conducting risk assessments to identify and reduce vulnerabilities. He was immensely proud of the experiences he gained in his travels with TEEX and remained close with many of the people he met there even after his retirement in 2015. Blending his passion for music and service, John even played in a TEEX band in 2010 in one of his favorite shows.

John loved his family and was particularly close to his sister Michelle throughout his life. He taught her how to play guitar and inspired her through his career with the Police Department to obtain a degree in Criminal Justice, followed by a career in Law Enforcement with the Federal Government. John was always close with his father and they enjoyed sharing stories about their respective time on the police force. He always enjoyed spending time with his mother who was always fully and lovingly behind him in whatever he chose to pursue in life.

John and Debi have 2 children who each have beautiful families of their own, which John loved spending time with: Bear (40) who lives in San Antonio with his wife Lauren and their son Jase (10), and Davis (36) who lives in College Station with his wife Rosa and their two sons, Jaxon (5) and Miles (2).

John was the consummate entertainer, and nothing brought him more joy than hosting friends and family at his home.  John took pride in always having everything you would need in any situation, from zip ties or a guitar string winder, to a propane blow torch and always reminded us that “you can do anything when you have the right equipment.”  John’s favorite place on this earth was Mi Tierra (family property in Robertson County that was purchased by his father in the early 90’s) where he hosted numerous 4th of July parties, graduations, birthdays, and family get togethers. He spent long weekend days on the tractor mowing the 15 acres; but he was most at peace when he had all his children, grandchildren, family, and friends around him.

John was famous for surprises, took joy in arranging experiences for those he loved, and would spare no expense to do so.  If you lost your headphones, you could expect two brand new pair on your doorstep the next day – one replacement and one to ensure you were never without again!  He also had an uncanny ability to motivate and inspire.  No matter who you were, he could light a fire and push you to believe that you could conquer anything.  He supported everyone in their pursuits and loved attending family events, near and far.

Through his various roles, John was always recognized for his professionalism, humor, passion, and service.  Most of all, John is most remembered for his commitment to leadership.  He was always the one to take the lead, take control of situations, and provide structure for a path forward.  Emblematically, he took pride in being the “point man” in SWAT as the first one through the door and felt it was his duty to serve this role so others wouldn’t have to. John was famous for his quotes, both intentional and unintentional, and his quips will be missed dearly.  Each morning those who knew him will always remember the cheery greeting we could always count on and will carry forward: “Good Golden Morning!”

John is survived by his wife, Debi; son Brannon (Bear), wife Lauren and son Jase of San Antonio, TX; son Davis, wife Rosa and sons Jaxon and Miles of College Station, TX; father Miguel and mother Clementine of Tampa, FL, sister Michelle and husband Jose Remon of Tampa, FL, niece Natalie Remon-Simpson and husband Garrett of Tampa, FL, nephew Michael Remon and wife Arianne of Orlando, FL, and many cousins that will miss him dearly.

It was John’s wish and commitment to his family that in lieu of flowers, he wished donations be made to continue to support his grandson Jaxon’s education, resources and additional supportive services related to autism.

 

You may make donations using the following QR code: See below in Photo Gallery

Services

Visitation: January 9, 2024 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Callaway-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Center
3001 S College Ave
Bryan, TX 77801

979-822-3717
https://callawayjones.com

Mass of Christian Burial: January 10, 2024 12:30 pm

St. Joseph Catholic Church
507 East 26th Street
Bryan, TX 77803

(979) 822-2721
https://www.stjosephbcs.org

Interment: January 10, 2024 2:00 pm

Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery
FM 1948 and Mount Calvary Cemetery Lane
Brenham, Texas


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  1. John was my neighbor growing up and we made many good memories. He was a wonderful person and will be missed. My prayers for his family!

  2. I went to school with John and mary. He was Always there with a quick laugh and smile. Prayers for the family.

  3. We will always miss Johnny O or Johnny TEEX as he was known to many of us. It was a true honor and privilege to work with him and to have shared many great experiences on the road during our tenure together. May God truly bless Debbie and the boys as they have dedicated so much for helping John cross the finish line.

  4. I worked with John at 2 institutions and he was always the same great individual. He was an honorable man and good friend. He will be missed.

  5. Johnny O was a very talented gentleman with whom I had the great pleasure to work with while serving TEEX as an instructional road warrior. John was a true professional who will be missed by many. God bless his wife and sons as they journey through life without John. May he rest in peace.

  6. John was a blast to have around in High School. He was a great member of the ‘Vike Squad’…and Athletic teams back in the day. I watched as he grew into such a wonderful Man, Officer, Husband, Father, Son, and Community Member. He is so well respected and has done so much for B/CS. Debbie, you, the boys, and the extended Orozco family have so much to be proud of… he is leaving such a wonderful LEGACY. What a great man. He will be greatly missed.

  7. My thoughts and prayers are with Debi and her family. May God give you strength and peace during this difficult time.♥️

  8. I was an adjunct instructor who worked with John for most of his career with TEEX. We traveled many places, but I will always remember a trip to Puerto Rico when John brought his guitar and gave an impromptu “concert” for the class. John will be missed and I am sure Johnny O is currently entertaining people in heaven. Godspeed John.

  9. Wrapping our arms around you during this time. Prayers for peace and healing for you & your family.
    Kyanne & Bruce

  10. We are so sorry to learn of John’s passing. We are praying for you and your family, Debi.

  11. John had one of the best big smiles of anyone. He also taught me to play guitar when I was 15 years old, and that has been a joy and asset for me my entire life. Thank you, John!

  12. So sorry to hear about John’s passing. Prayers to his entire family. We were classmates at Stephen F. Austin Middle School and Bryan High. He was a tough, hard-nosed athlete and after he got hurt really dove into music. I took some publicity photos of his band Sweetbriar, and they had dreams of making it big – maybe even playing in G. Rollie White Coliseum one day! He had a distinguished career as a peace officer and as an employee at Texas A&M for which he will be forever remembered.
    He’ll be missed. May his family enjoy many more “Good Golden Mornings” and if I had to guess, Johnny O is jammin’ with the cats from Lynyrd Skynyrd, with a huge smile on his face!

  13. I had the privilege of knowing and working with Johnny O at TEEX as an Adjunct Instructor and he was always the consummate professional.
    Teaching the next class after him was like trying to follow Tony Robbins… and, in comparison, always felt like I dressed in rags that day.
    But, we got through the classes and he always left everyone better for having experienced him.
    The world has a rather large hole in it now without him in it.
    See you in Valhalla, Brother!

  14. So sorry for your loss. Although I didn’t know him well, I know that he was well loved by his wife and family. Heaven is shining brighter with the addition of a good and faithful man

  15. Our thoughts and prayers to our friends, the Orozco family. May God be with you
    during this difficult time. Wonderful memories will feel the void left by John’s passing.
    God Bless the Orozco family.

  16. What a beautiful obituary and great legacy! My condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Orozco. From the Ramirez Family (El Paso, TX).

  17. The Myatt family would like to pass our deepest condolences to the Orozco family. Thinking and praying for you in your time of need. God bless – Wade, Yolanda, Zachary and Joshua Myatt

  18. Debi: you and your family are in our prayers. Very sorry to hear about John’s passing.

  19. I am deeply saddened to hear the news of John’s passing. I had the privilege of knowing and playing with John in several bands in the past. He was truly a gifted and very passionate musician. Our deepest sympathy and prayers to the family for peace and comfort in the days ahead. John will be dearly missed. – –
    Mike and Teresa Bye

  20. Our deepest and sincerest condolences to the Orozco family during this most difficult time. I have many memories of John as our families have been lifelong friends. John’s big smile and his happy disposition stand out in those memories. He was truly a great friend to all who had the honor of knowing him. He will truly be missed.

  21. Officer Orozco or Orozco as the College Station delinquents referred to him, was always at the right place at the wrong time, catching us in some kind of shenanigans. I don’t mean once or twice, this was a weekly occurrence. At the time we thought he was out to “ruin our life” (teenage mindset)! Looking back as adults we saw how actually caring and fair he was to us. I got to know John as a musician and “regular guy” later in life and realized what a truly good man he was. Godspeed “Orozco”

  22. It was an honor to be a member of the “Blue Heat” band that John organized while working at CSPD. He helped all of us become better musicians. It was a great outreach to the school kids watching “Cops in uniform ” playing all types of current and “oldies ” music. He will always be a role model community oriented police officer. The world is a better place wherever John was involved. May you rest in peace brother.

  23. To all of the Orozco family, my deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I really enjoyed looking at the video and seeing that familiar face and remembering the smile, his wit, and his dedication to whatever he set his mind to. His sons truly have one great role model. You will be missed my old friend…


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