VANEGAS, Jaime Ernesto
Born August 9, 1964 in San Salvador, El Salvador. Passed away on March 5, 2014 at the Seattle VA Medical Center, after a two-year battle with Leukemia. He is survived by his wife Janessa Vanegas and their three children, Heidi, Armand, and Vicente Vanegas, his parents Maria Luisa and Jaime Alvarenga Vanegas, his maternal grandmother Cruz viuda de Vega, and his brother Roberto Enrique Vanegas. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Felix Enrique Vanegas and Ercilia Alvarenga, his maternal grandfather Vicente Vega, and his sister in law Ann-Marie Mesquita de Vanegas. Jaime Ernesto graduated from Westmoor High School in Daily City, served in the United States Air Force for 20 years and in May 2010 he graduated from Texas Southern University with a degree in pharmacology with honors. During his 20 years with the Air Force, Jaime Ernesto served overseas in Iraq and Cuba, performing duties in life support systems for planes and explosive ordinance disposal (EOD). During his time with the Air Force EOD program he performed duties in the White House along with the secret service. He received many awards and commendations for his military service. At a very young age Jaime Ernesto displayed his aptitude for the military, at 16 he completed the paratrooper course in the El Salvadorian Air Force, performing 4 combat training jumps. When he moved to the United States at the age of 17, Jaime Ernesto joined Pacifica Cadet Squadron One of the Civil Air Patrol. He was awarded the Billy Mitchell award as he reached the rank of second lieutenant in the Civil Air Patrol. We will remember the young man who continued to fight and challenge himself, always achieving the goals he set for himself to better his family, friends, and country. A memorial service with full military honors will be held at GEORGE L. KLUMPP Chapel of Flowers, 2691 Riverside Boulevard and 2nd Avenue, 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 22, 2014.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on Mar. 20, 2014