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ROMERO, MARVIN JOSEPH "JOE" Marvin Joseph "Joe" Romero left this earth on Wednesday, January 25, 2012, at the age of 56 due to complications of cancer. He was born to the late James B. Romero and Geraldine Aguilar Rickerl in San Diego graduating from Orange Glen High School in 1971. He served in the military, first as a combat Navy corpsman assigned to the 1st Force Recon Unit, and then with the Army as a Special Forces Green Beret, graduating from Duke University in 1979 as a Physician Assistant and ending his highly decorated military career in 1986. Joe returned to San Diego and enjoyed a second career in civilian orthopedic medicine for nearly 30 years. Joe was warm, gentle and loving and had a sense of humor that was good to be around. He lived his life selflessly with honor and courage. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He is survived by his wife, Chris, his children Krista, Atom, Natalie, Adria, Lauren, John, and Leigh; five grandchildren; his six siblings; 11 nieces, eight nephews, and 41 great-nieces and nephews. He was a hero, bravely battling illness with dignity, always ready with a quick smile, a laugh, a joke or a thank you. We will miss you until we see you again in the next life. A public viewing will be held Wednesday, February 1st, at 5 p.m. at Bonham Bros. & Stewart Mortuary in Ramona. The burial will take place at the Mesa Grande Cemetery on Angel Mt. Road on Saturday, February 4th, at 10 a.m. Donations in the name of Marvin Romero may be mailed to the Mesa Grande Tribal Hall at P. O. Box 270, Santa Ysabel, CA 92070.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Feb. 1, 2012
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