Jose  Mojica Otero
Jose  Mojica Otero
Jose  Mojica Otero

Obituary of Jose E. Mojica Otero

José Enrique Mojica Otero, 78, passed away at James A. Haley VA Hospital Thursday, May 14, 2020, at 6PM after a second battle with cancer. He was born June 18th, 1941, in Santurce, Puerto Rico; he was the third of six children to Justino Mojica Gonzalez and Catalina Otero Torres.


A veteran of the U.S. Army, José also served as a law enforcement officer, which led to him moving his family to Tampa, Florida in 1978.


José enjoyed photography, signing, poetry, boxing, traveling and DEBATING. :)


He was preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Wendy, who passed in 2011. His strong Catholic faith and principles were displayed by his love of family and desire to help others. Offering encouragement, advice and making people laugh with his unique sense of humor, earned him the nickname “Monge Loco” among his closest friends and family.


José is survived by his three siblings, José Antonio, Epifanio and Luis Ramon; four children, Gladys E. Mojica Spletzer, José E. Mojica Soto, Joseph Mojica, and Erik A. Mojica; seven grandchildren, Marrisa, Catalina, Cristina, JD, Isamu, Kenji & Asami; and three great-grandchildren, Adan, Nova & Karsyn--whom he entertained through the years with his sleight-of-hand tricks and infamous grandpa jokes.


We ask God to grant him eternal peace with Him and the faithfully departed who José will once again see in Heaven when we read in Revelation 14:13:


And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead

who from now on die in the Lord.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they

may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!”


Jose did not lose his battle to cancer; he won the race set before him. No doubt the last part of the race was tough, but he never quit, and he finished strong. His memory will live on in the hearts of those who loved him.


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