ROQUE BARROS Sr.
1930 - 2021
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Roque Barros Sr. rode his motorcycle to heaven on May 31, 2021, wearing his cowboy hat that proudly recognized him as a Korean Veteran. He was anxiously riding to be with his wife Lupita that preceded him in death. As children, we used to wait for dad to come home from work on his motorcycle so that he could give us a ride from the gate to the house it was a short ride but one we waited for every day. We know that Lupita (wife), Mama Chelo (mother-in-law), Connie Barros (daughter), Valerie Orozco (Granddaughter), and others received him at the gate for that glorious ride as he crossed the pearly gates. Many knew him as the nice school bus driver, the Calipatria Mayor, and Councilman, and the trainer they all hoped for at the Imperial Irrigation District. We also knew him as the navy sailor that wore his uniform with pride and visited South Korea as a guest of The Republic of Korea in gratitude for his military service. On numerous occasions, when he was eating at a restaurant with his cowboy hat on, others would come up and thank him for his service and pay for his meal. I recall a special moment when a young dad shared that he was born in South Korea and that having my dad sitting across his table was a special gift for him and his family. He was also honored by joining the Honor Flight and visiting the nations capital to see the memorials that commemorate the service of veterans. Roque was a member of the American Legion Post 135 for over 50 years. He also served on the Imperial Valley Housing Authority Commissioner and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. As a dad, he spent lots of time with his children, Emma, Robert, Connie, Roque Jr., John and Julie. We have fond memories of him drinking his black coffee with a half-spoon of sugar sitting on his recliner. He loved watching westerns and it wasnt unusual for him to fall asleep with his large white coffee mug. He also spent many hours outside in the garage working on something. He could fix and build anything whether it was a car, motorcycle, appliance and he even built a camper shell for his ranchero pickup, so that we could all ride in the back on a trip to Disneyland. He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Lupita in 2004; daughter, Connie Barros in 2014 and granddaughter, Valerie Orozco in 2007; Roque is survived by his children, Emma Orozco (Marcos), Robert Barros (Norma), Roque Barros Jr. (Sheida), John Barros (Cathy) and Julie Moraga. 16 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; brother, Manuel Barros and his sister, Armanda Jasso (Nabor). We will miss his gentle smile and his kindness, and we know that he will be busy providing motorcycle rides to the many that cross the pearly gates. Viewing will be held on Sunday, June 13th at St. Patrick Church, Calipatria from 6 to 9 p.m Mass will be held on Monday June 14, 2021 at 8 a.m. at St. Patrick's Church in Calipatria, CA and will be officiated by Fr. Antonio Morales and Fr. Alfredo Heyrosa. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, monetary donations may be sent to the Vale Oro Scholarship fund (in honor of his granddaughter), St. Patricks Church, P.O. Box 238, Calipatria, CA 92233.

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Published in Imperial Valley Press Online from Jun. 9 to Jun. 11, 2021.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
JUN
13
Viewing
06:00 - 09:00 PM
St. Patrick Church
JUN
14
Funeral Mass
08:00 AM
St. Patrick's Church
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9 entries
June 16, 2021
Rest in peace Mr. Barros and my deepest condolences to Bob and Norma Barros
Lucy David
Friend
June 16, 2021
He could be counted on to have a friendly smile on his face everyday when he drove a busload of kids btwn Niland and Calipat in the mid 60s. I always wondered who he was. He always seemed to be enjoying every minute of his life there in the Valley. I had no idea he was related to some of my classmates. He was friendly to everyone, had a great laugh, everyone respected him, never gave him any problems. He also had quite an admirable career. He made good use of his life and time on earth. Super good person.
Sydney (Isabel Galbiso) Aschert
Acquaintance
June 13, 2021
Roque will be missed in Calipatria, he was a good man with a big heart and beautiful, warm smile. Rest in peace and may your children find comfort in that you are now in a much better place.
Friends in Christ,
Gloria Dagnino
Gloria Dagnino
Friend
June 11, 2021
Condolences to the Barros family, Roque was a kind man , I remember when he would pick us up in the morning for that journey on the old school bus and he would greet you with a GOOD MORNING & a big smile. R.I.P.
Robert Eugenio
Friend
June 10, 2021
We will always love you grandpa Rocky and we will miss you. Thank you for being a wonderful grandfather and a true inspiration in our lives. Love your grandchildren Becky, Andy, Veronica, and Alex.

Becky Taylor
Grandchild
June 10, 2021
THIS WAS A SAD DAY, WHEN THE WORLD LOST THIS MAN, ROQUE WAS ONE OF THE KINDEST PERSONS YOU WOULD EVER MEET. HE WAS MY FATHERS FRIEND, THEY WOULD TALK ABOUT THE WARS, FAMILIES FRIENDS. ROQUE WAS PROBABLY KNOWN AND REMEMBERED BY THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE . HE WAS A PILLAR IN THE COMMUNITY. I WILL NEVER FOREGET ROQUE THE REST OF MY LIFE. AT THIS TIME MAY THE WARMTH AND LOVE OF GODS PRESENCE WRAP HIS LOVING ARMS AROUND HIS CHILDREN AND FAMILY. LET THERE BE PEACE AND LOVE. THERE,S A NEW NAME WRITTEN DOWN IN GLORY. HE WILL LIVE FOREVER IN OUR MEMORIES . GOD BLESS
Jerry A Hill
Friend
June 10, 2021
Roque was a wonderful fellow I remember him from his days working at the school in Niland and his Honda motorcycle.
Larry G. Caffey
Friend
June 9, 2021
Mr. Barros was a very good man with a heart of gold. I will always remember and appreciate how Rocky and his wife Lupe were so helpful with our mother and brother during some rough times. Calipatria will sure miss this him. RIP Rocky.
David Corona
Friend
June 9, 2021
Condolences and God's comfort to all family and especially Armanda.
Rocky was always a bright sport in a day when met.
Davis and Marianne
Davis Beauchamp
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