Lawrence F. Cortez
Jul 12, 1919 - Nov 14, 2012
Resident of San Jose
Died peacefully at home, born and raised in Santa Barbara, CA, the first child of Lawrence Cortez Sr. and Guadalupe Padilla. Attended Santa Barbara High School, class of '38 and later actively served in the Army
1942 -1946 as officer in the 123rd Infantry Regiment, 33rd Div on the Pacific front of WWII
. Fought for the liberation of Manila and joined occupation forces in Japan. Continued service in the Reserves for many years, attaining the rank of LTC. In 1946, he married Peggy Hamilton McAllister, also of Santa Barbara where they happily raised 6 children with love and exemplary faith.
Years of work in dry cleaning, sales and bookkeeping yielded to full-time RV adventures with Peggy. His sense of humor, natural warmth and a desire to be helpful attracted friends everywhere he traveled. He lived an admirable life marked by integrity and honesty in all areas. Loved a game of Scrabble, political discussions and tech talk with his grandchildren. He had wide-ranging curiosity, reading avidly until the end of his life. He was fascinated with technology his whole life and having learned DOS early on, seemed disappointed at times with the ease of Windows.
Preceded in death by wife Peggy, daughter Mary and son David. Survived by his children Linda (Bob) Wall, Virginia Bryant, Rita Cortez (Fred Sharkey), and Mark Robert Cortez. Also surviving him are sister Juliette Hay, brother Robert Cortez, daughter-in-law Dymphna Harrigan, 11 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. He will be dearly missed by his family, prayer communities and residents and staff of Atria Chateau Gardens. Services start at 10:00 am on Saturday, November 24 at St. Martin's Parish, 200 O'Connor Dr, San Jose. Donations made be made in his honor to Notre Dame SJ High School.