Val R. Torres, Jr. 1925 - 2012 Val R. Torres, Jr., lifted by Angels, went Home to live with the Lord on December 2, 2012. He passed away peacefully at his home with his wife and stepdaughter, his dedicated caregiver at his side. Val was born in Bakersfield December 1, 1925 to Val, Sr. and Louise Torres. Graduating from Kern County Union High School in 1944, he attended Bakersfield College before enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Forces where he became a tail gunner during World War II. Upon his return to Bakersfield, he joined the Bakersfield Police Department where he worked from 1951 until retiring in 1983. Val met the love of his life, Shirley Ann Crist in 1974 and they married in 1979. Together they enjoyed traveling to Europe to visit Spain, Italy and Ireland, explored Africa, China, South America, and the Caribbean and traveled extensively throughout the United States. A special place of relaxation was Pismo Beach and he found joy in his friend and companion, Budwiezer the cat. Val belonged to the International Footprint Association, Loyal Order of Moose, American Legion Association, Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, Kern County Shrine Club, Malaikah Shriners, the Police Benefit Association, Municipal Motorcycle Officers of California, and the Retired Public Employees Association. Survivors include his loving wife of 33 years, Shirley; brothers, Doug Torris and wife Wilma of Oceano, Don Torres of Rancho Palos Verdes; sons, David Wayne Torres of Bakersfield, Gordon Carol Torres of Palm Desert; stepdaughters, Mary E. Drake of Paso Robles, Leah A. Nelson of Pismo Beach, Danette E. Gundy of Tacoma, WA, Patricia L. Codorniz of Nipomo; nine grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. Val's family would like to extend a special thank you for all the compassionate care from Bakersfield Optimal Hospice caregivers who were there for Val, the neighbors, family and friends, and Christ the King Church. Sincere gratitude to Anna, an Angel who sat endlessly by his side until the day the Lord came to take him Home. In lieu of flowers, donations in Val's memory may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, St. Francis Church designated for the St. Vincent de Paul Homeless Center, or Bakersfield Optimal Hospice. Visitation is scheduled Thursday, December 6th from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at Doughty-Calhoun-O'Meara. Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Friday December 7th at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Union Cemetery. Doughty-Calhoun-O'Meara www.bakersfield.com/obits
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Published in Bakersfield Californian on December 5, 2012