JOSEPH J. TORNERO
June 8, 1962 Sept. 13, 2021
Joseph J. Tornero, AKA Big Joe and Joe Big 5 was called home on September 13, 2021 when he went to be with our Savior Jesus Christ.
He was born June 8, 1962 in Los Angeles, CA to Emma Peres and Luis Tornero. He was raised in Los Angeles and graduated from Cathedral High School (Preparatory school) in 1980. As a teen he joined the police explorers. At age 19 he worked as a bouncer for various night clubs, later joined the LAPD reserves, and then worked for Sectron Security. In 1990, Joe began working for Big 5 Sporting Goods in Los Angeles. He relocated to Imperial County when Big 5 first opened in El Centro and after only 2 months of the opening, was offered the position of store manager. He led that position until his passing.
Joe loved what he did for a living and made many friends due to his outstanding service, character, demeanor, and knowledge of the products he sold. Joe was a believer and a true patriot. He loved God and his country. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching the Raider games, and cooking for his church, family, and friends. He was a wonderful husband, great father, and an excellent cook.
Joe was also a Hunting Education Instructor, a member of the National Rifle Association, and a former instructor of fish and games.
Joe met his wife Adriana Tornero in June of 2012. Their relationship blossomed and they married on October 5, 2013 and combined a family. Joe had 3 daughters and a son, and Adriana had 2 sons.
Joe was preceded, in death by his father Luis Tornero.
He is survived by his wife, Adriana Tornero(Cerda); his three children, Tawnya Victoria, Joseph Erik, and Sarah Jo Tornero; his three stepchildren, Lynette Hernandez, David and Daniel Esparza; and grandchild, Noah Rivera (Lynette). He is also survived by his mother, Emma Tornero Peres; his siblings, Louie, Ramon, Rafael, and Emma Tornero; their spouses, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Joe, you will be greatly missed!
Celebration of Life will be held October, 1, 2021 at 6 p.m. at Calvary Chapel in El Centro. Burial will be held October 2, 2021 at 9 a.m. at Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.
Published by Imperial Valley Press Online on Sep. 24, 2021.