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Our beloved Jesus Morales Jr. passed away at the age of 83 at 11:25p.m. on Christmas Eve, 25 minutes before the Lord's birthday. Jesus -AKA Jess - was born on May 15, 1929 and raised in East Los Angeles. He met his wife, Jacqueline, to whom he remained married for 63 years until his passing. Jess was a very hard-working carpet installer for 50 years, and was looked upon by his loved ones as the ultimate family man. He loved music and loved to watch sports. In his day, he was a fine basketball player and an incredible ping-pong player. The family started in East L.A., eventually landing in West Covina in 1969. Charming and ultra-witty, Jess will be greatly missed by all of us who adored him. He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline; brother Robert Morales; sister Sally Banuelos; sons David, Daniel and Robert; daughters Sandy Morales, Christina Avina, Lorraine Shorman, Theresa Payan and Diana Porras; 17 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren; and five great-great grandchildren.
Published in San Gabriel Valley Tribune on Jan. 23, 2013