Jose Lerma "Pepe", 63, passed away peacefully on January 26, 2021 at Pioneers Memorial Hospital. Jose was born to Adolfo Lerma and Romalda Garcia on March 14, 1957 in Mexicali. He was raised by Luciano and Romalda Garcia, growing into the strong man he was mostly recognized as by others. Jose attended Brawley Union High School; the place where he met his high school sweetheart and wife, Yolanda Lerma and they married on January 27, 1979, they would have celebrated their 42nd anniversary this year. The two started their life together, having three children Veronica, Jose Luis, and Eric Lerma; a family that would eventually grow even further to 13 grandchildren whom loved him dearly. Jose worked at Trinity Harvest Farms since 1978, being the hard working and loyal person that he was; he worked for the company for 41 years up to his retirement in 2019. Jose enjoyed spending a lot of his leisurely time with his grandchildren, often taking them out to eat or to the store just to browse around with them. He was known for his humor, often making funny remarks to make the kids laugh during family photos and doing funny visual gags as well. He was also quite well known for his hard work around the house, constantly thinking of what kind of projects he wanted to work on such as planters around the backyard or patio additions to make visiting their home such a unique experience. He was quite passionate about birds as well, having a pet parrot, Chukis who he loved very much in his recent years. He was preceded in death by his mother, Romalda Garcia. He is survived by his wife, Yolanda Lerma; daughter, Veronica (Alfredo) Spence; sons, Jose (Dionny) Lerma and Eric (Itza) Lerma; grandchildren, Marisol, Maribel, Dominic, Jeremy, Alyssa, Madison, Aryanna, Jacob, Leah, Alfie, Juliana, Liana, and Eric Jr.; brothers,and sisters as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces nephews, and friends who loved him dearly and will greatly miss him. Family and friends are invited to attend his funeral service on March 11, 2021 at Frye Chapel, 799 S Brawley Ave. in Brawley, CA 92227 from 6 to 9 p.m. and the burial will take place the following day on March 12, 2021 at 9 a.m. at Riverview Cemetery, 4700 Hovley Road Brawley, CA 92227.
Published in Imperial Valley Press Online on Mar. 7, 2021.