Joel “Jay D” Orta

01/25/1969 –


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  • Rosary
Date: 11/19/2019
Time: 6:00 pm
 – 7:00 pm
  • Funeral Mass
Date: 11/20/2019
Time: 10:00 am
 – 11:00 am


Joel “Jay D” Orta passed away on Saturday, November 16, 2019. We will gather to recite the Holy Rosary on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, at 6:00 pm, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. We will celebrate his life of 50 years at 10:00 am on Wednesday, November 20, 2019, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.

“Jay D” was born January 25, 1969, to Felix and Gregoria Orta in Lubbock, Texas.

There are no words to express the impact Jay D. had on those he met in his short life.  He was outgoing, always smiling, kind, generous, and truly selfless.  The many broken hearts left behind are a testament to that.  His passions included enjoying time with his family, the Seattle Seahawks, and, most of all, Tejano music.  Some of his happiest moments were spent behind a mic as a radio Deejay.

Survivors include his mother, Gregoria Orta; nine sisters, Lucy Cuevas, Lorenza (Adolph) Flores, Janie Martinez, Frances (Kevin) White, Marylou (Jacinto) Vasquez, Irene (Robert) Vara, Valentina Orta, Alice (Jerry) Guzman, and Monica Orta; five brothers, Benito (Connie) Orta, Felix Orta, Jr., Johnny (Norma) Orta, David Orta, and Adam Orta; numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Felix M. Orta.

Our family would like to thank the Franco, Benavides, Lara, and Walmart families, as well as his countless friends, for all the love and support they showed Jay D. throughout his life.


36 thoughts on “Joel “Jay D” Orta”

  1. My condolences to the family of JD Orta. He was a good friend to all. He will be truly missed. RIP our dear friend.

  2. Christina Urive Ruiz

    My condolences to the family. J D’s smile always brightened up a room. You will not be forgotten and may you Rest In Peace: From the Urive family

  3. My deepest condolences to the whole family may the Lord hold them strong thru this time my prayers are with the family.

  4. My deepest condolences to all the Orta family and especially to my Tia Goya. I know how much Jay D loved music… and though he is gone, let’s remember him in the music he loved…he soul has risen to becomes musical notes….and we will hear him in the music he loved….

  5. My deepest condolences to the Orta family . Our prayers and thoughts are with you,God bless!!

    from: Ricky and Margaret Cantu.

  6. Dahlia Ortega Ponciano

    Sincerest condolences to the entire Orta family….sending prayers for comfort and strength through this trying time.

  7. May the comfort of God help you during this difficult time. May the soul of Jay D. rest in peace.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  8. On behalf of my family we are so sorry for the death of Your loved one… our prayers are with you all and especially for my ‘Tia Goya’ may our Lord give you the peace throughout all this… God Bless!!

  9. Our Condolences to the Otra Family.. As the Gates from Heaven have Opened for Joel … May he have Eternal Rest ……..Carlos & Marisela Gonzalez… ???

  10. My condolences and prayers to you all the orta family!! JD meant alot to me he was truly a awesome friend! I will miss him but he will always be im my heart!! Rest in peace JD!! Love you!!!

  11. My deepest Condolences to the Orta family. May God give you peace and comfort at this time. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I love you all. Margie, MaryLou & the twins, Greg & Phillip.

  12. To the Orta family there are no words to describe how sorry I am to hear about J D . He was a Joy to be around . I remember back in the day when we use to work together at Crystals Night Club. We had so much fun. You will greatly be missed my friend. You will forever be in our hearts ….. RIP my friend……love Yolanda Valdivia

  13. Pray everyone gets through this tragic moment love you Jay you will forever live on I appreciate the great memories you left behind with me to cherish for the rest of my life wish they could have gone on a life time forever & a day jay

  14. Jay.D was a good friend,I consider Jay.D family,he always gave me good advice & always was willing to help if he could,gonna miss u brotha,sad to see you go so soon,until we meet again,love you bro….

  15. Jay D. gave the best hugs. I will miss them. RIP I will pray for all of his family and friends. Will not forget him.

  16. Prayers out to the Orta Family…
    “When Someone You Love becomes a Memory, the Memory becomes a Treasure”

  17. My deepest & most sincere condolences to the entire Orta Family. My heart, thoughts, and prayers goes out to y’all the family especially my Great Tia Goya.
    Jay D. was one of a kind and had a Heart of GOLD! ?
    I will definitely miss his contiguous laugh, smile, & his BIG Teddy Bear Hugs!
    I am so lost for words, the best thing I can do is pray. ?
    Jay D. RIP!
    Rest Easy & Fly High,
    Since You gained your Wings before I.
    Much Love Your Cousins,
    ❤Mela, Raymond Sr. David Lee. Raymond Jr. Thomas, & Patricia. ?
    Taylor, Tx. #512

  18. Betty Urrutia Mendez

    Our deepest condolences to the Orta Family. Praying for peace and comfort from The
    Urrutia Family

  19. Our Dear friend and family member JAY D, you will be missed so much from alot of people who love and adore you. You were unique and one of a kind person. You lived life to the fullest my friend. You did what you loved the most. To be kind and sweet, to help everybody with your generosity and with that voice I always bragged about on the radio stations. I will miss your big smile and the respect you gave me ever time I saw you. I just want to let you know that even though you were an angel on earth, you are a bigger angel in heaven now! Make God proud like you made us! Love you friend!?Esterrita Guzman Castro

  20. RIP Jay D Orta. You were an awesome person inside & out. We love you & you will be greatly missed. Great easy sweet angel ?

  21. RIP Jay D Orta. You were an awesome person inside & out. We love you & you will be greatly missed. Rest easy sweet angel ?

  22. Manuela Barton and family

    Our deepest Condolences to the Orta family. May God give you peace and confort in this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. The Barton family.

  23. Frances! We’re praying the Comforter stays so near to you and your wonderful family! God bless you EXTRA!!

  24. I will miss you little brother. You were everything to us. I hope I can continue without your special presence here on earth. I will try. I know you are are in the presence of dad & grandma & the rest of our extended family. I Love You. You will not be forgotten. GOD give you eternal rest. Peace Brother?

  25. He was always giving for family entertainment he gave 2 family packs of spread through out the year of family tickets to Sea World. Then one year a family ticket seaseme street. Very kind men unforgettable…

  26. To the the Orta Family. Our Deepest Condolences for the loss of such a Great Man. Thank You for sharing Jay D with those of us who grew to know and Love him in such a Special Way. Jay D was one in a Million. He had a Heart that was so Big and full of Love. He was grew to be a part of the Lara Family in a very Special way. My son’s Enoch, Abraham n Adrian considered him more of a brother than just a Special Friend. He nicknamed my mom Mrs’ Smith and she turned around and nicknamed him Mr Jones. They had such a Special Friendship. Jay D you will be missed Dearly. Praying for your Family in this time of hurting and missing you. May OUR Heavenly Father Wrap His Arms around each and everyone of you in a Very Special Way. R.I.P. Dear Friend. Say Hello to Abraham for me. Love Ya Mr Jones. The Lara (Ramirez) Family. Rachel Ramirez

  27. It’s been a few days and it is still surreal that our little brother Joel is gone. He will be missed by many, as is evident by all of the condolences and comments left by those he touched. Jay D. was a special kind of person and I can only aspire to be like him, even just a little.

    Joel, you were always so busy taking care of others, but now you can rest easy until we all meet again. Thanks for the memories. I love you always and miss you already.

    “Say not in grief ‘he is no more’, but in thankfulness that he was…”

  28. Jay D. I am thinking of you as I am making mom some dressing. We will do an extra prayer of thanks today to the Good Lord for giving us a special brother for 50 years. Your fun presence will be missed today & everyday. Love you little brother. Til we meet up again.??

  29. Brother its been almost 2weeks since you left us. I continue to struggle without your presence, but I promise to move on. I have only great memories of us all. I’ll think of you always and of the generous, courageous, thoughtful, loving person your were to everyone. You meant the world to me, but I’ll continue to move on with the help of my brothers and sisters(mom too). I’ll keep you forever in my heart. I’ll see you one-day soon. For now just rest in peace. Say hi to Dad and everyone else. Miss ya so,so much. Your one in a million!! Alice Orta Guzman ???

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