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Samuel P. Moreno


1932 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Samuel P. Moreno Obituary
August 20, 1932 - January 27, 2017 A celebration of life was held on April 2nd at the Huntington Beach Elks Lodge for Samuel P. Moreno. Samuel was born to Augustin and Lucia Moreno on August 20, 1932 in Los Angeles. He was the youngest of nine children to live to adulthood and was the last to pass among his siblings. Over a hundred family members, friends, and neighbors held a joyous event to celebrate his eighty-four years with the last thirty-eight years in Huntington Beach. Samuel began his schooling at Barton Hill Elementary School in San Pedro. Attendance at Richard Dana Junior High followed. He finished his schooling in his hometown at San Pedro High School and graduated in Winter '51. While there he was student body president and head cheer leader. He also lettered in track and field and was a member of the service club called the Knights. Off campus he excelled in Golden Gloves boxing. He matriculated at UCLA, but left after two years to join the US Army. The camp commander had him enroll in the clerk-typist school at Fort Ord so that he would have time to polish his skills as a boxer. Samuel added to the commander's stock of bragging rights when he became the featherweight champion of the 6th Army of 1956. After his tour in the Army, Samuel elected to enroll at UC Berkeley to finish his studies toward his degree in education with an emphasis in Spanish. He also taught German and Latin. He continued with boxing while at Berkeley and even coached there before graduating. He began his teaching career at Vandenberg Air Force Base. He also taught for the Antelope Valley School District and the El Rancho Unified School District in Pico Rivera. Both he and his wife taught for the El Rancho School District until they retired from teaching. After retirement Samuel became an official for youth sports of volleyball, football and track and field events. He kept himself fit by running and winning in various 5K and 10K events and was able to complete two Boston Marathons. He was able to transfer his love of running to his son Erich and his twin granddaughters, Breanna and Courtnee. Erich is married to Margaret and daughter Belen is married to Jesus Vega who has four grown children. Samuel is survived by his wife, Rose, their children and grandchildren and countless nieces and nephews whom he mentored with no reservation. Samuel lived a long and fruitful life. It is regrettable that he was afflicted by Alzheimer's for most of the last decade of his life. We are happy to note that he passed peacefully and painlessly with family members and friends in attendance at the board and care facility which provided much appreciated hospice care for his final few weeks. Samuel was inurned at Riverside National Cemetery after his death on January 27, 2017.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Apr. 21 to Apr. 23, 2017
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