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Our dad, Miguel Paniagua, left his temporary home here on earth on August 5, 2012. He was preceded by his beloved daughter Angie Parra. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Angelina, daughters Helen, Adela, Joanne, Yvonne, Rachel, son Michael and son-in-law ,Jim Parra, 27 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren. He was born in El Paso, Texas, one of 7 siblings. They were orphaned when Dad was 8 years old and were raised by various relatives. He was a proud army veteran, having served during World War II. He worked many, many years to provide for his family. Our parents resided in La Puente for 54 years.
We were greatly loved by our dad and are very grateful for all he taught us. He said "Never take anything that isn't yours," "No matter how lowly others might think your job is - as long as it is honest labor - you work as hard as you can," "Never take a wooden nickel," y "Tanto andar en la marina y no conocer al camaron."
The most important truth he taught us was that Jesus is the Son of God. He taught us to pray and to love God. We have been blessed beyond measure by having him all these years. We know he is now in his eternal home with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We will miss him greatly until our reunion in heaven. I Peter 1:3-4
Published in San Gabriel Valley Tribune on Aug. 11, 2012