Jess Barron Perez

Jess Barron Perez died from a short illness at the Oasis
Hospital in Tijuana, Mexico on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 at the age of
Jess Barron Perez died from a short illness at the Oasis Hospital in Tijuana, Mexico on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 at the age of 67.

Mr. Perez, a native of El Monte, had been a Santa Clara County resident living in Morgan Hill and Gilroy most of his life until he moved to Hollister in 1997. He was a graduate of Gilroy High School, was a Veteran who served with the U. S. Navy, a member of the International Brotherhood Of Teamsters, San Jose local, the Knights Of Columbus and the Benevolent and Protective Order Of Elks of Gilroy.

Mr. Perez loved the outdoors, whether working with his tractor, camping, hunting, or being involved in sports with his family.

He was naturally athletic as a runner, bowler, and a boxer and was involved as a Gilroy Little League softball coach while his family was growing up. When his children were young he showed registered cattle with them in the 4-H and Open Division.

His professional life included activities as a investor in the stock market and real estate, as well as managing real estate properties. He was very active in the Seventh-Day Adventist Church of Hollister and in the last years of his life became very involved with Child Protective Services. His home was approved as a residence for young children who needed assistance, and some of those children that he helped were later formally adopted by he and his wife Mauricia.

He is survived by his spouse, Mauricia Perez; children, Anita Torrez (husband John) and Vivian Gonzalez ( husband Ruben) both of Gilroy, Alexis Perez-Santiago (spouse Santos), Marrissa Nunez (spouse Fausto), Magali Sotelo, LeeRoy Sotelo, Felicia Perez, Natasha Perez, Michael Jess Perez, Jess Alex Perez, Gavin Fletcher, and Celeste Fletcher all of Hollister; grandchildren, Janae Torrez-Battle, Danielle Torrez, Cheryl Gonzalez, Michele Gonzalez, Chaylen Gonzalez, Allyssa Perez and Clarissa Nunez; siblings, Eusebio Perez Jr., Marguerite Lopez and Lupe Sembera of Southern California, Manuel Perez, Jess A. Perez, Linda Sendejas, and John B. Perez of Gilroy; Rachel P. Sanchez of San Martin, Rudy B. Perez of Utah, Edward B. Perez of San Jose, and Vivian A. Perez of Stockton.; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation well be held from 3 to 5pm, Monday March 7, 2005 at Grunnagle Ament Nelson Funeral Home, 870 San Benito St., Hollister. Friends are invited to assemble at 6pm Monday at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 2121 Sunnyslope Road, Hollister for funeral services which will begin at 7pm.

Family and friends will gather Tuesday morning at the church for a ceremony beginning at 11am. Interment will follow at 2pm at San Joaquin National Cemetery, Santa Nella, with military honors.

Donations may be made to the San Benito County Child Protective Services, Attn.: Foster Care Program, or to the Seventh-Day Adventist Church Scholarship Program c/o the mortuary chapel.

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