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Age 98, was born in Douglas, Arizona. His parents Miguel and Maria Huerta moved to Riverside, CA. They had seven children, Rafael, Salomon, Pedro aka Lalo, Raul aka Pio, Virginia and Chavela. Rafael and Consuelo were married in 1940. They had five children, Margaret who died when she was a baby, Raymond Huerta (wife Terri), Mary Helen Beltran, and the twins, Charles Huerta and Charlotte Tenorio (husband Tom). Rafael has six grandchildren, Franklin Belran, Andrea Milazzo, Alex Tenorio (wife Trish), Steven Tenoria (wife Kim), Aaron Tenorio, Sharon Tenorio. Three great grandchildren Michael Milazzo, Amorina Tenorio, and Grayson Tenorio.
Rafael began working at the age of 14. From 1936 to 1942 he worked as a farm hand and was employed by civilian Citrus Corp in Arlington, Ca. From 1943 to 1944 he worked for Food Machinery Corp as a welder. When he returned from the war he worked at Food Machinery, Rohr, and several pipe companies as a welder. He retired from United Concrete as quality control supervisor. After he retired United Concrete periodically employed him as a trouble shooter.
During the war he was stationed in the Philippines and then Japan. He was Private First Class with the 306th Infantry Regiment. He was a rifleman who guarded hospital, warehouses and other government properties to prevent sabotage, fire and theft. He received an honorable discharge on October 9, 1946.
My parents have lived in the Arlington area all their lives. My father enjoyed fishing, playing cards and playing dominos. He played cards and dominos with his children, grandchildren and his great grandson. My dad and I enjoyed watching movies especially movies with John Wayne, James Stewart, Gary Cooper and Randolph Scott. When I think about my dad I remember him being a patient person, When I went to get my driver's license I needed more practice with parallel parking, He took me to practice and the next day I passed my test.
My dad had a good sense of humor. He loved to tease us and enjoyed it when we teased him back. He was a good role model. He enjoyed learning new things and he took the time to teach his children many things like gardening, building things and working hard. We always had a vegetable garden and my dad always enjoyed his garden. We also had fruit trees and we always had fresh fruits and vegetables to eat.
Chapel Viewing: Monday, August 7, 4-8pm; Rosary to begin at 7pm. Service: Tuesday, August 8, 11am-12pm at St. Thomas Church followed by graveside service at 1:31pm at Riverside National Cemetery. Arlington Mortuary, Directors (800) 275-4648
Published in Press-Enterprise on Aug. 6, 2017
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