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Herb Moreno
Jan. 26, 1930 – May 1, 2018
Resident of Soquel
The passing of Herb Moreno on May 1, 2018 recalls to all who knew him, a man with an infectious smile & generous spirit. An inspiration to many, Herb's love of life & positive attitude were reaffirmed after his debilitating stroke in 1994. He lived a long and full life: an athlete, a businessman, and an avid traveler. Herb passed away peacefully at home in Soquel at age 88.
The son of Trancito & Luciana Matcham Moreno, Herb was born in Los Angeles, January 26, 1930. His family were grape ranchers in Kingsburg during his early years. After service in the Navy, he signed with the Cleveland Indians & played semi-pro baseball several years in Oregon. He married high school sweetheart Phyllis Moulthrop, living first in Bandon, OR and then in Watsonville where they established Moreno Petroleum. Active in the community, he enjoyed associations with local growers, Lion's Club, & the City Basketball League. He was a charter member of the Tennis Club of RDM where he met Merlyn Aronovici; they married in 1986. After Herb's stroke, the couple traveled several times cross country, in Canada & Mexico in their 34' RV, with Merlyn driving & Herb the co-pilot. During Herb's 24 years with a major disability, he was a student & advocate of the outstanding Cabrillo College Stroke & Disability Center program.
Herb is survived by his wife of 32 years, Merlyn; his children Sandra & Chuck Manfre of Corralitos, Brenda & David Farias of Watsonville, Mark Moreno of Los Baños, Leslie & Herman Kahaloa of Seattle; step-children Susan & John Davis of Rome, GA, Stacy Aronovici of Santa Cruz, and David & Jennifer Aronovici of Folsom. He also leaves 14 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren, siblings Richard, Petra & Trancito Jr, many nieces & nephews, relatives & friends.
Sincere thanks to Visiting Angels of Santa Cruz and Santa Cruz Hospice for their compassionate caregiving. Memorial donations may be made to the Dominican Hospital Acute Rehabilitation Unit, Dignity Home Health, Cabrillo College Stroke & Disability Center, and Hospice of Santa Cruz.


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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on June 30, 2018
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