Gregorio Coronado Jr. LAYTON, UTAH-On March 27, 1946 in New Braunfels, Texas inside a tiny house on Paradise Alley, Gregorio Coronado Jr. was born to Gregorio Esparza and Dominga Garcia Coronado. Their family, including Gregorio's older sister, Mary Alice (Daniel Valenzuela), and younger siblings, Teresa (Gilbert Rodriguez), Juan Jose (Marilyn), and Santiago (Nancy), often moved to support Gregorio Esparza's civil rights law practice, but eventually settled in Lubbock, Texas. Gregorio was a 1963 graduate of Monterey High School. Gregorio went on to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Utah and a Master of Social Science in human resource management from Utah State University. It was during his time at the University of Utah that Gregorio met Paula Bryan in the fall of 1970 while both were attending a course exploring the history of India. After boldly inquiring as to whether Paula believed that Christ had lived in the East before starting his ministry? their romance began. After that audacious introduction, they could hardly be separated and were married on Dec. 29, 1971, in Covina, Calif. Gregorio began his career in human resources shortly thereafter, though he was no stranger to hard work having started his first job at the age of 12. Gregorio's career was dedicated to the struggle of those seeking equal opportunity employment. Gregorio's empathy for those facing discrimination made his career choice difficult at times, but it also galvanized his will to combat unjust practices. With that same resolve, Gregorio raised his three children, Cristina (Nicholas Ray Huff), Emily Ruth (Michael Joseph Gillen, Alec Miguel and Tinsley Emelia), and Gregorio Mateo (Jessica Marie, Isabella Marie, Sophia Rose, Francesca Grace) in a loving and happy home. Gregorio took pride in his children and their education, which he viewed as priceless. The central tenet of his life was sacrifice to all those he loved, but especially his wife, children, and grandchildren. Although his passion and devotion touched many who knew him, it is his generosity and kindness that resonate still. On Dec. 18, 2012, Gregorio Coronado Jr. passed away peacefully at his home in East Layton, Utah. The family would like to thank all of those at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and Huntsman Cancer Institute who were involved in the treatment of Gregorio's metastatic colon cancer over the past five years. A vigil in Gregorio's honor will be held on Dec. 26, 2012, from 6 to 9 p.m. at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Layton, Utah. A funeral Mass will be held on Dec. 27, 2012, at 10 a.m., also at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Layton, Utah.
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Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Dec. 23, 2012