Perry Eusebio peacefully passed away at his mother's home in Benicia, CA. The reason why is still unknown. Perry was born at John Muir Hospital in Walnut Creek, CA, on April 27, 1990. In addition to his mother, Nina Eusebio, his aunt, Lara Eusebio Smith, and his grandparents, Richard (who passed away 10/26/13) and Joyce Eusebio, were there to witness him coming into the world. Perry is survived by his mother, Nina; his grandmother, Joyce Eusebio; his aunt and uncle, Lara and Kris Smith; his aunt, Erica Smith; his father and step-mother, Jim and Denise Galvez; his grandmother, Helen Galvez, and countless cousins and friends, especially Evan, Zachary, Calvin, Tazewell, and Tiernan Smith.
Perry was a graduate of Benicia High. In 2012, he entered the U.S. Army and found his purpose. Perry went to boot camp in October 2012 and finished AIT in February 2013 as an electrician. He was assigned to the 555th Engineering Brigade at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in the State of Washington in February 2013. His company, the 864th, had deployed to Afghanistan right before he arrived at the base. Perry followed his soldiers in arms to Afghanistan in March 2013, right after his promotion to Private Second Class. Perry served in Afghanistan for 8 months, primarily at Forward Operating Base Sharana, returning home to Washington at the end of October. Perry firmly believed that it is was his duty and the duty of the U.S. to protect those who could not protect themselves and that being a humanitarian sometimes meant being willing to fight for what was right. In September he had been promoted to Private First Class. He had been planning to make his career in the Army.
Perry was happy, health-conscious, proud, and loving. He was a lifelong SF Giants and SF Forty-niners fan and he had just started enjoying soccer. He loved music and playing guitar. In high school he was in a metal band with a group of friends. He loved traveling, that began with a trip to Italy in 2001. Perry had also played bocce in Martinez for the seven years before he went into the Army. A service will be held in Martinez, CA, at Connelly and Taylor at 10:30 a.m., Dec. 26, which will be followed by a formal military funeral at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, CA.
PLEASE DO NOT SEND FLOWERS. Only three arrangements are allowed in Dixon and they will be from the 864th, Vintage Valley Blue Star Mothers, and from his mother.If you would like to make a donation in Perry's name, please make it to TroopsDirect.org. Troops Direct brought Christmas in June to Perry's unit in Afghanistan, sending protein powder, gun lube, protein bars, contractor chalk for marking where bombs were located, baby wipes, etc. All these things were items that were very much needed at the Forward Operating Bases. Troops Direct gets our troops at home and abroad what they REALLY need. Both Perry and his mother want his brothers and sisters in arms taken care of.
Published in TimesHeraldOnline on Dec. 25, 2013