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RUBEN FRANCO CAMARENA

A resident of Van Nuys, born March 25, 1920, died November 8, 2017 in Paso Robles, Calif.

Husband to Eleanor Zarza Camarena, whom he met at Lincoln High School, from 1941 to her death in 2008. Ruben left school at 14 to work in support of his mother and siblings, eventually finishing his degree in night school. A US Navy sailor who served in the Pacific theater during World War II, Ruben's grit and intellect took him from being a department store display painter to a top salesperson for Raychem, selling electrical parts to aerospace companies; he was also a gifted woodworker who built large pieces of his own house and hope chests for his granddaughters. Ruben threw well-lubricated parties, ate molten-hot salsa, and tickled children. He was a father to three, grandfather to six, great-grandfather to five, and is survived by two sisters.

Funeral Mass will be held at St. Bridget of Sweden Catholic Church, where Ruben was Head Usher, on November 20, 2017 at 10 AM, followed by a graveside service at San Fernando Mission Cemetery.
Published in Los Angeles Daily News on Nov. 16, 2017
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