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Luis Cortes Madrigal


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Luis Cortes Madrigal Obituary
LUIS CORTES MADRIGAL, beloved father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away at his residence in San Jacinto on July 1, 2014, in the arms of his loving family. Luis was born in Jacona, Mexico, on December 28, 1921, one of 8 brothers and 6 sisters. Luis was married to Lela Madrigal in 1947, who predeceased him in 2004, and is survived by their 7 children 24 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. Luis arrived in the United States in 1943 as part of the Bracero Program to perform agricultural labor during World War II. Eventually he became a cook for the agricultural workers at the Hemet Grower's Association, a position he held for over 20 years. Although Luis arrived as a guest laborer in the United States, he worked hard to become a United States citizen, which he achieved in 1992. Despite only being able to attend school as far as the 7th grade, Luis, and Lela, instilled the importance of education to their children through their daily lives and actions. All 7 of his children attended St. Hyacinth's Academy in San Jacinto, and all 7 went on from there to high school and to also secure college degrees. Luis was well known for his great devotion to the Catholic Church. He would attend masses at St. Joseph's Mission at Soboba as often as he was physically able, and was also well known for his after church discussions. Luis will be missed for his stories, his great sense of humor, and for his great devotion to his family and to his faith. We are comforted in the knowledge that he is now home with his beloved wife, and in the arms of our Lord. Services will include visitation at 6pm and rosary at 7pm at St. Joseph Mission at Soboba on Tuesday, July 8. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10am on Wednesday, July 9, at St. Joseph Mission. Graveside services will follow at 1pm at the Cahuilla Reservation Cemetery near Anza.
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Published in Press-Enterprise on July 8, 2014
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