Jose “El Pepe” Rivera

Jose “El Pepe” Rivera, Sr., 80, of Amarillo passed away January 18, 2024. He was born September 4, 1943, in Asherton, Texas to Casimiro and Venancia (Vasquez) Rivera.

Jose was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan! He enjoyed scratch-off lottery tickets and traveling to spend time in casinos. He loved dancing to Tejano music. Jose loved his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Casimiro and Venancia Rivera; a daughter, Hilda Rivera; a granddaughter, Kristin Nicole Rivera; a grandson, Jeremy Joe Rivera; a sister, Maria Gallardo, and his former wife, Elidia M. Rivera.

Jose’s memory will live on in the lives of his children, Joe Rivera, Jr. and wife Yetta of Dumas, Albert Rivera and wife Janice, Cindy Vallejo and husband Victor, all of Amarillo and Becky Rivera of San Antonio; his brother, Carlos Rivera of Plainview, Texas; his sister Rosa Chapa of Edinburg, Texas; his grandchildren, Jamie Valencia and wife Rosie, Sheila Rivera, Justin Rivera, Kassie Rivera, Marcos Valencia and partner Kayla, Leandra Rivera and partner Nathan, Stephanie Flegel and husband Chris, Karina Valencia, Victor Vallejo, Jr., and Sasha Rayos and husband Martin. He is also survived by eighteen great-grandchildren.

The family will receive visitors from 2:00-3:00 pm Sunday, January 21, 2024, at Lighthouse Funeral Chapel, 3707 Wolflin Ave., Amarillo.

A celebration of El Pepe’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m. January 22, 2024, at Lighthouse Funeral Home.


  1. Rosemary Cantu

    He sure will be missed ,and he will always be will always be in our hearts

  2. Kathy Wainright

    I’m so sorry Cindy Vallejo for your loss my condolences to you and your family

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