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James Joseph Perez

James Joseph Perez was born in Santa Fe Springs, California in 1927 and died in Paradise, California on January 21, 2012. He was surrounded by his beloved, loving wife, Erma; his son, Jaime; and his daughter, Barbara. He leaves behind his in-laws, Donna Perez, Jeff Stevens; his grandchildren, great-grandchild; sister, Rosalie Medina, sister, Margaret (Peter) Mota; and brother, Vincent Perez. Much of his youth was lived in Wilmington where he graduated from Phineas Banning High School in 1946 and was a standout on the varsity football team. His avocation was tinkering with radio and TV parts, undoubtedly leading to his becoming a communication officer in the Merchant Marine. Toward the end of World War II, he joined the U. S. Navy and served on the USS Los Angeles as a radioman. After being honorably discharged from the service to his country, he married his high school sweetheart, Erma, and continued his academic education at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. As an electronic engineer he worked for TRW and is credited with valuable inventions. Once the children grew up in Torrance, James accepted a position at an installation in Australia.
In 1994, he retired and went to live in an Arizona golf community where he and Erma loved to play golf. After many years of this wonderful life, they decided to spend their last happy years near their immediate family. However, "Man proposes, but God disposes" and so, Our Lord, called James soon after he moved to Paradise, CA. A "Celebration of Jay's Life" ceremony was held in Chico, California on February 12, 2012. The following day military honors were conducted at the Northern California Veterans Cemetery in Igo, CA near Redding by the Anderson VFW. The love shared by James Perez, his family and friends, will last for eternity and beyond. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Mar. 2, 2012
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