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January 24, 1930 - August 19, 2015 MARCIAL VELASCO LAVINA, 85, passed at dawn August 19, at home in Sherman Oaks. After a valiant battle with many health issues, "his last breath was a roar," said his daughter. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Maria Teresa Lavina; sons Salvador, Gerry, and Marcial Jr.; daughter Raquel; and four grandchildren, Joaquin, Angelo, Velasco "Leo," and Valentina. Marcial was born in Silang, Cavite, Philippines, son of Salvador A. and Rosita Aguirre Lavina, brother of Delfina "Pining." He worked in the family business, studied hard, and survived the WWII Japanese occupation. After graduating with honors from the University of the Philippines- Manila, he came to the U.S. to earn a Master's Degree in Political Science at Florida State University. After arriving in Los Angeles to study for a Ph. D at USC, he met Maria Teresa Padilla at a party. He canceled his plane ticket home, and soon married her. He left school because there was no parking, then settled in Los Angeles and raised an American-Filipino-Latino family. He worked hard to support his family, including a time he worked at the Los Angeles Daily Journal during the day, and then as ma¿tre d' at the Luau in Beverly Hills by night. With his worth ethic and drive, Marcial soon built a successful career as an independent insurance broker and financial advisor, with clients across Southern California. Marcial had a keen intellect and a sly sense of humor that he passed on to some of his children and grandchildren. He was a dedicated tennis player, playing several days a week for over 40 years. He oft stated his greatest achievements were to send all four of his children to great universities, and to live to kiss four doting grandchildren. The family held a private service at Forest Lawn Cemetery, and will hold a reception in Marcial's honor on August 29, at the residence of his son Sal, in Encino California. No flowers please. If you have any questions, please contact Raquel at (818) 849-5234 ([email protected]) or Sal Lavina ([email protected]).
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Aug. 23, 2015
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