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Demetrio Ballares Arcilla

July 2, 1934 March 27, 2018
Demetrio Ballares Arcilla
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Demetrio “Denny” Arcilla, Jr. loved sharing stories of growing up by the sea, climbing coconut trees to collect its fruit, and feeling the fresh air and sea salt spray as he bathed in the water. Born in Virac, Catanduanes in the Philippines in 1934, Denny was the third son from the youngest of seven boys of Demetrio, Sr. and Justa B. Arcilla. An avid dancer of “boogie,” cha cha, and tango, Denny participated in many school social dances. An alumnus of Ateneo de Naga University and University of the East, he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. He worked for a music center and Rockwell Construction Company in his 20s. Denny was a lead supervisor of a department, which oversaw hundreds of employees.
Denny met his wife, Dr. Juanita Rivera when they were both sponsors at a mutual friends’ baptism and the rest is history. They married on March 25, 1973 and had one daughter, Jeandell “Jiji,” born in Manila. Denny brought his young family to America soon after with dreams of a brighter future, finally settling in Houston, Texas in 1976.
Denny worked for Kerr Steamship until he and his wife were able to open their own physical medicine clinic together in 1988. He was also very active as a community leader, notably as Midwest President of Catanduanes International Association, Inc., which sponsors medical and surgical medical missions every two years to the Philippines for less privileged kababayan. Denny was past president (1986-88) and vice president (1984-86) and founder of Bicol, USA Houston Chapter. He was vice president for the Texas Association of Philippine Physicians Auxiliary from 1988-1990 and FilAm International Lions Club. He was an active member of the Texas Asian Republican Caucus and represented the Filipino Community in the 1992 Republican National Convention in Houston.
Denny loved traveling and explored Europe with his family in 1989 and 1994. On a pilgrimage trip to Jerusalem led by Father Albert Maullon, he and his wife renewed their wedding vows in Jerusalem in 2000. He also loved embarking on solo journeys through South America. Inspired by his father, Denny created and published a genealogy book of the Arcilla Clan and contributed its funds to dozens of schoolchildren in his hometown as part of his Arcilla Scholarship Fund. His book was accepted in several libraries in major cities internationally.
Denny will always be remembered and loved for his vibrant and outgoing personality, creative talents, fun sense of humor, affectionate nature, zest for life and learning, desire to help others in need, faith in God, and love for his family. It seemed his motto was: “there are no strangers here; Only friends you haven’t met” for within a matter of moments and corny jokes, he had long faces breaking into laughter. He just loved making people laugh and sharing that rare connection.
Denny’s life on earth is complete but his journey has not ended, for this holy week, he has entered the Kingdom of Heaven to be with the Lord. As he taught his daughter during his final days on earth, “the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
We will all love and miss you so, but we know and feel your continual presence in our lives.


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Visitation

Thursday

29

Mar

4:00 PM 3/29/2018 4:00:00 PM - 9:00 PM 3/29/2018 9:00:00 PM
Miller Funeral Services

7723 Beechnut St
Houston, TX 77074

Miller Funeral Services
7723 Beechnut St Houston 77074 TX
United States

Service

Tuesday

3

Apr

10:00 AM 4/3/2018 10:00:00 AM
St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church

6800 Buffalo Speedway
Houston, TX 77025

St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church
6800 Buffalo Speedway Houston 77025 TX
United States
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