Raymond Luna, Jr.

1985 - 2020

Raymond Luna, Jr.

1985 – 2020

Raymond Luna, Jr., 34, was born December 23, 1985 in Houston, Texas and entered eternal rest January 6, 2020 in Dayton, Texas.  Raymond was a loving son, grandson, brother, uncle, and friend. Raymond graduated from Lutheran High North in 2004 and entered the University of Houston, where he earned a bachelor’s degree. He began a teaching career as a 7th grade Texas History instructor and baseball coach at John Marshall Middle School. He was loved by his students as an inspiring, but also a caring and giving, teacher and coach. He bought school supplies for his students and found ways to pay for full uniforms and top quality equipment for his players , often with his own money. Outside the classroom Raymond kept up with his students, making sure they got “goodie bags” at Christmas since, for some of them, it might the only present they would get. He also spent many hours baking cookies for his class parties, and tapped every connection he had to provide pizza as well.

A young man who never met a stranger, Ray loved to travel, and in his 34 years he visited numerous European countries, including Denmark, the Netherlands, and Spain, where he studied for a semester. More recently he visited Jerusalem, and other spots in the Middle East. He most often traveled alone, the better to meet new people, and despite his mother’s concern, he assured her the world was friendlier and safer than she imagined. Wherever he went, he made friends and kept up with them by e-mail and telephone.

During his long battle with cancer, he was known by everyone at M.D.Anderson for his love for the Astros, always appearing in one or another of his Astros shirts. More than that, they knew him for his genuine interest in other patients, always asking how they were doing, regardless of how he felt. They will also long remember him for the annual Christmas toy drive he started on his 30th birthday. Even this year, it was a huge success, providing many children with gifts.

Somehow, Raymond found the time and energy to start his famous “True Bark BBQ” business. In the process, he took two former students under his wing, providing them with week-end  jobs and an apprenticeship in the world of small business. They were also given a “real world” demonstration of the values of hard work, dependability, and pride in workmanship. Nikko and Angel were mentored by a man they will never forget.

Raymond was predeceased by his grandparents, Johnnie M. Luna, Henry D. Gonzales, William Johnson, Sr., and Julia Johnson; and by his stepsister, Corie Elizabeth.  He leaves behind, cherishing his memories, his father, Raymond Luna, Sr. & wife Yolanda; his mother, Cynthia G. Johnson & husband William; his maternal grandmother, Mary Luna; his paternal grandmother, Alice A. Luna; his sister, Victoria Christina; his stepbrothers, Peter, Matthew, and William; his stepsisters, Andrea, Ginger, and Gena; and numerous nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, cousins, and many friends.  He will be greatly missed by all who shared in his life.

At the request of the family, a special “thank you” to Sarah Shewayish:

“Our most heartfelt and deepest gratitude to Sarah for the untiring and unselfish care she gave to Ray. Though she lives in Tampa, Florida, she traveled here at every opportunity to provide personal care for Ray. Her knowledge and care gave him physical comfort, but equally as important, her presence gave him mental and emotional peace. The family leaned heavily upon her guidance in the management of his pain and the control of the many side effects of the medications used to fight his aggressive cancer. She had a calming and reassuring effect on all of us. Sarah is the love of Ray’s life …..and he is hers. God bless you Sarah. We love you”.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, January 12, 2020 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm with a Celebration of Life service at 6:00pm in the Compean Funeral Home Main Chapel.  A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, January 13, 2020 at 11:00am at the Compean Funeral Home Main Chapel.  Rite of Committal will follow in Palms Memorial Park in Dayton, Texas.


Pallbearers: David Cortez, Jordan Slife, Dante Luna, Samuel Longoria, John Luna, Isaac Damon Luera-Bushnell, Peter Gonzales, Oscar Guebara.

Honorary Pallbearers:  Henri Guebara and Mitchell Hitt.

  1. Kelly Kiser

    5 months ago  

    Ray was so funny at LHN. Heard from him or saw him from time to time over the years after high school and he still maintained that funny, cheerful demeanor that lit up a room. He will he missed.

  2. Denys Goloshchapov

    5 months ago  

    Rest in peace, Ray! You did your fare share while working for Kaplan to help folks like myself to become licensed physicians in US. I really appreciate everything you have done. God bless your heart.

  3. Mary Mungia

    5 months ago  

    Hello my name is Mary Mungia
    First of all my condolences to the family of Raymond……my son ISaac ALvear and RAymond attended Bethany…people thought they were brothers since always together..my daughter had a quince and Isaac didn’t want to be by himself so Raymond was part of it….Isaac’s grandparents would take them on field trips when I could not like to the pumkin patch… I had lunch with my son Isaac yesterday and I could see my sons eyes tearing up… I will always remember Raymond of his smile..

  4. Nikki Robinson

    5 months ago  

    I used to work with Luna at Marshall middle school. He was the most caring and patient individual. This one hurts as I thought he battle with cancer would be won. I am so sorry for your loss.

  5. Stephanie Alvear

    5 months ago  

    This was very saddening to hear of especially when Raymond and my brother Isaac were childhood friends/best buds from age 2 or 3 in preschool, Bethany, high school years, and played t-ball/sports growing up together. Also Raymond stood in my quince and part of my court since my brother didn’t want to be the youngest alone of my quince court. Prayers for the family and may you have rest in God’s kingdom.🙏

  6. Ralph & Tina Alejandro

    5 months ago  

    Our deepest condolences to all the family. May God give y’all strength & peace at this time of need. Y’all in our thoughts & prayers. RIP sweet angel!

  7. Amber Poteet

    5 months ago  

    My heart hurts 💔💔💔 I’m so saddened by the news of Raymond’s passing!! He was a kind and loving person u will be greatly missed Raymond!!!

  8. 5 months ago  

    So sorry for your loss. No parent should undergo the unbearable pain of losing a child. God bless all of you and may you find solace in the loving memories you have of Raymond.

  9. Jessica Arredondo

    5 months ago  

    Ray Ray you were the most beautiful soul inside and out. Conversations with you were the best kind, full of thoughtfulness and intelligence. You were so kind and always thought about how anyone could make a small difference to make the world a better place. I went to your birthday party at your Mom’s a few years back after your diagnosis. Everyone loved you sooooo much. You have to keep an eye on everyone now and be the best guardian angel. My condolences to the family Ray was the best person and the world is a little less bright without him. I pray to go for your peace during this difficult time. God has a new angel. I wish I could be there to say good bye. 🙁

  10. Judy Wheat

    5 months ago  

    Thoughts and prayers are with the family!! Such a precious young man!!!

  11. Roland Peña

    5 months ago  

    Certainly accomplished alot in his short life span. He shall be remembered for his generousity and dedication to the Teaching profession.

  12. Anthony Bailey

    5 months ago  

    The Bailey’s wishes our deepest condolences to the Luna family. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  13. Daniel Ortiz Sr.

    5 months ago  

    My deepest condolences to the family. May God bless you all.

  14. Roberto Fernandez

    5 months ago  

    Although we met him only once and did not personally know him, we honor his life, a life well lived, and an honorable and open heart! The world has lost him too soon but heaven has gained an angel and we pray that God grant him eternal peace and rest.

  15. Michele Szymanski

    5 months ago  

    God bless you all. My heart will be with you this weekend.

  16. Linda Kotzebue

    5 months ago  

    Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers……

  17. Rosa Fuentes

    5 months ago  

    Raymond, you are in our lord’s loving arms now. rest in peace! Love you!!!

  18. Raymond Luna Sr

    5 months ago  

    I love you son and always will. Pops.

  19. Kera Hitt

    5 months ago  

    You will forever be missed Little Brother! I could never put in words the impact you made in Mitchell’s, mine and everyone you came across lives.
    Save me some BBQ up there! We love you and you will always be in our hearts and memories.
    I love you Ray, until we see each other again!

  20. Stefanie Harrison

    5 months ago  

    My prayers and condolences to the Luna family. Although I did not have the pleasure of meeting Raymond I knew him through the loving words shared by his aunt, Christina. He truly lived his life to the fullest and now he can continue to live on with the Father in eternal rest. May peace and comfort be granted to your family in this time of mourning.

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