Jesse J. Baros

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What began as a journey from a small village south of the Rio Grande (Juchipila, Zacatecas, Mexico) nearly 95 years ago cumulated in a life's work of striving to always helping those that needed it the most.  
Born to Jesusita Flemate Baros Torres (mother) and raised together with Maximino Torres (stepfather), he grew up in Albuquerque during the Great Depression. Together with his santos (sister), Jess learned the true value of hard work and the commitment to always do his best. They moved to Colorado in the late 1930s and created the foundation of what would become a lifetime of helping his fellow man while living the American dream.
The early 1940s brought the birth of his first son, Jerry. During this time, the onslaught of World War II began. Jess joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served his country in the South Pacific. Jess utilized his learned skills of being a radioman and subsequently opened up his own radio repair business serving the Fort Lupton and surrounding areas. He was so good at repairing radios that he literally worked himself out of work.  
During this time, his daughter, Kathy, was born. Soon after, he began a 30-plus year career working for the Cudahy Meat Processing Co., where he was the union shop steward.
The early 1960s provided a special surprise as his second son, Mark, was welcomed into the world. The social turbulence of the late 1960s brought out the best in Jess. He fought fearlessly for the human rights of migrant farm workers and championed the fight for the underserved. He was not a bystander, rather a fierce yet strategic leader during these turbulent times.
With the 1970s, came his first-hand involvement with creating the foundation of Plan De Salud De Valle health clinic, which has since become a staple in serving thousands of families in multiple locations throughout Colorado. As the '80s and '90s arrived, Jesse's love of fishing blossomed as it created wonderful opportunities to share with his grandchildren. Many stores and insights on life's challenges were exchanged.
Also during this time, he, along with Helen, his wife, began scouring garage and estate sales for treasures to repair, things that ultimately found their way to the Mile High Flea Market. This dynamic duo were regular sellers for more than 20 years where they made many new friends. This experience allowed them to share in something they both enjoyed while making a little income.
In his later years, Jess faithfully took care of Helen as her health declined. He found great comfort in being with his family and of feeding the neighborhood birds. He became especially fond of the doves. He also enjoyed watching the Denver Nuggets. His regular despairing comment … "The Nuggets just don't have it this year," will sorely be missed.
The world has lost a great man. The number of individuals that have been touched by his efforts are endless. Yes, the world has lost a great man. But it is so much better for having had his soul live within its heart.
Tabor-Rice Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

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Published in Fort Lupton Press on Jan. 17, 2018
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