Porfirio Morales

1928 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
Porfirio Morales Obituary
Porfirio G. Morales September 15, 1928 - December 17, 2013 Porfirio Morales was born on September 15, 1928, in Cerritos, San Luis Potosí, Mexico, and passed away in the quiet of the early morning of December 17, 2013 in Bakersfield, CA. He worked hard and lived life joyfully, generously and with integrity. Porfirio was the eldest of twelve children born to Crispín Morales and Rita Garcia. Beginning at age eight, he traveled throughout Mexico on his own holding jobs as miner's helper, carnival helper, street vendor, and baker in order to send money home to his mother. He hitched rides on trains to get around, thus his love of the railways began. At age 17, he came to the United States to find work. Porfirio would do any kind of work needed. If it involved a skill he didn't possess, he offered to work for free until employers thought they were getting their money's worth. In 1951, Porfirio married his neighbor, Maria de los Angeles Cervantes, in Cerritos. Their marriage lasted a remarkable 62 years. In the late 1950s he decided to return to Mexico to be with his young family. His employer, Southern Pacific Railroad then offered to sponsor his permanent residency in the U.S. because the company didn't want to lose such a hard worker. Porfirio had started as a laborer in 1956 and ended his 30 year career as a master welder, never having taken a sick day. In 1960, Porfirio brought his wife and four children, Francisca (Garcia), Angela (Salinas), Maria (Mercado) and Jose, to the U.S. He and his wife had two more children, Rita (Morales Patton) and Tomás, after moving to Kern County. Porfirio valued education, so he worked hard and sacrificed to support his childrens' academic and extracurricular pursuits. He was ahead of his time in actively encouraging both his sons and daughters to further their educations, wanting to ensure they would never be beholden to anyone for their economic security. Porfirio was extremely proud of all of his childrens' educational and professional achievements, never taking the credit for them he deserved. Although Porfirio had a very limited formal education he taught himself to read and write in both English and Spanish. He was an avid reader until death, passing on his love of learning and books to his children. Grateful for the opportunities his family had been given in this country, he demonstrated a strong sense of social responsibility, staying active in numerous organizations including; the Knights of Columbus , Sociedad Guadalupana, Sociedad Progresista Mexicana, and the Boy Scouts of America to name a few. Porfirio had a beautiful singing voice, regularly serenading his family and friends. He loved to garden - once winning first prize for his roses in Arvin, though he never entered the contest! When he moved to Bakersfield, he unwittingly created a neighborhood attraction when he grew a patch of sunflowers, taller than his house, in the empty lot next door. Fittingly, his last act before death was planting flowers in his beloved garden on an unseasonably warm winter day. Porfirio is survived by his wife and six children, eleven grandchildren (Rosalinda, Natalia, Angie, Marissa, Marcos, Olivia, Rebecca, Max, Madeleine, Christopher and Remedios), six great-grandchildren, six siblings, numerous nieces and nephews, and many godchildren and others who considered him to be their "pops" too. A viewing is scheduled for Sunday, December 22, 2013, in the Celebration of Life Hall at Greenlawn Mortuary and Cemeteryâ€"Southwest from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., followed by a praying of the rosary. Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, December 23, 2013 at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church, followed by interment at Greenlawn Cemetery Southwest. www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Dec. 21, 2013
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