Chavelo Estrada Sr.

July 8, 1921 - February 26, 2015

Estrada Sr., Chavelo Obituary
 On Febuary 26, 2015 Mr. Chavelo Estrada Sr. passed away peacefully at his home in Anaheim, Ca. 
   Chavelo was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in November of 2014.
He courageously fought this terrible disease, never losing his faith nor his spirit for life. He was 93 years of age.
   Chavelo was born in Las Animas, Colorado to Ramon Estrada and Elana Almager. 
At the age of 22, he was called to National Duty by the US Navy. He was a
Seaman 1st class SV-6 USNR and served 37 months at Peal Harbor, Hi.  where he earned an Honorable Discharge along with a 3 Star Asiatic Pacific Award  and a Victory Medal World War 2. After his Navy stint and a $100.00 from the military, he started his working career at the California Ship Building corp., Terminal Island, Ca.  He later proudly worked at McDonnell Douglas, Torrance, Ca. as a machinist until his retirement. He was  very proud to be part of building fighter jets and commercial airplanes. Chavelo also worked at Sears, Roebuck in Torrance, on the nightshift. An ironman of dependability because he hardly missed a days work in many years of employment, showing his children that hard work really does pay off.
   Waiting for him in Heaven will be his sisters and brothers what he loved so much. He was the baby of the family. Brothers Raymond, Lupe, Carmel and sisters Eva, Juana, Chia and Cecelia.  Mr. Estrada was a true gentleman and was very cordial. He always had a joke to tell and was the first one to laugh at them. He could 'cut a rug' as attested by all who enjoyed dancing with him or watching him. He enjoyed the Cumbia and dancing so much that it inspired him to enter some dance contest and actually won a couple of them with Lola. He was a very proud "Chicano" and Mexican American. Never waivering when things or issues didn't feel right.
    He was an accomplished saxophone player in the big band and mambo eras and had a great singing voice. Chavelo was a devout Roman Catholic. He enjoyed attending Mass with family. Chavelo married Dolores 'Lola" Cerecer of San Pedro, Ca., They had 3 children; Chavelo Jr., Linda Sessions (Kenny), Daniel "Danny" (Marina) Estrada. Grandchildren: Jamie Estrada, Angelia Estrada, Robert Duran, Andy Duran. Great-granddaughter, Alyssa. He was a great stepfather to the Sambrano children; Ruth, Dolores 'Lil Lola', Angel, Gloria, Ralph, Rachel,Tony and their families, respectively. Over 100 grandchildren from the Sambrano family allowed him to be a grandpa back in the early days. Some of his grandkids, Tommy, Annie, Ronnie, Ralph, Lil Angel, Andrea, Eddie, Candace (lil pee-wee) Sean, Elizabeth, Pauline and Snoopy and countless others were all there for the family parties and enjoyed each others company.
    After 34 years together, Chavelo and Lola divorced, they remained united in friendship until his death. She was at his bedside blessing him, a loving sight to behold. Later in life he was briefly married to Minnie Espinosa of San Diego County. They enjoyed the Oceanside life. Chavelo...always on the go.
    His family is grateful for the outpouring of love and support from family and friends. God Bless you Dad, Brother, Uncle, Cousin, Son, Grandpa and Great Grandpa, Dear Friend. Until we meet again. 
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March 18, 2015

Old Mission San Luis Rey Cemetery

4050 Mission Ave.
Oceanside, CA 92057
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