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.
Published in Imperial Valley Press Online from Jun. 9 to Jun. 11, 2021.