LOERA, Louis Barron
Beloved Father and community activist entered into rest on September 11, 2013, peacefully and surrounded in love at his home in Roseville, CA. Lou was born January 8, 1944 in Austin, TX to Trinidad Loera Sr and Anita B. Loera, and was raised in love by Felipa H. Loera. He was preceded in death by his parents, older brother, Trinidad Loera Jr, sister, Ermalinda L. Salas, and beloved dog, Baxter. Lou was a proud member of the US Navy where he served from 1963 - 1967 and fulfilled his sense of adventure and civic duty. Upon his discharge, he settled in Sacramento, CA and later in Roseville, CA.
Lou is survived by his children Mercy Baylis (John) of West Sacramento, CA, Marcella Loera of Santa Clara, CA, George Loera (Tina), his darling granddaughter, Olivia Loera of West Sacramento, CA, and his siblings Mercedes L. Delgado, Beatrice Loera, Sylvia Loera, Felipe Loera, and Thomas Loera of Austin, TX, and Julian Loera of The Colony, TX along with several nieces and nephews.
Lou worked and retired from civil service with the State of California. He had a lifelong passion for community activism and helped to educate the community to learn more about issues that affected Latinos beginning in the mid-1960s through the end of his days by holding the office of Founder and President of the Placer County Latino Democratic Club and holding the office of Chairman Placer County Democratic Central Committee. He is a proud member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 1487.
Lou never walked away from a new person without a smile and soon a new friend due to his friendly demeanor and zest for life. His love of travel took him to several continents and navigated the US highway system through many states with a tankful of gas and eye for adventure. He loved to make people smile and told the occasional corny joke which his children affectionately named, 'Dad jokes.'
We invite you to attend a memorial mass on Monday, September 16, 2013 at 11:00 am at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 615 Vine Street, Roseville, CA 95678. Reception to follow at Veterans Memorial Hall, 110 Park Dr, Roseville, CA 95678. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Sutter Hospice, c/o Sutter Care at Home, www.suttercareathome.org, or Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 1487, www.rosevillevfw.com.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on Sept. 15, 2013