3 October, 195020 May, 2017

Ramon Godinez

Ramon Godinez was born in Santa Rita, Ayo el Chico, Jalisco, Mexico on 3 October 1950. There were 10 children born to his parents, Ramon Godinez Gutierrez and Juana Garcia Barragan. Ramon was the surviving eldest child after the death of a baby sister. He took his responsibility of being the eldest very seriously and was the one person that family members could always count on.

Ramon's carefree youth ended early when he went to Mexico City for two years at the age of 16, to work and live by himself. He then returned to his family's second home in Tijuana. He only stayed a short time before deciding to follow his cousins. His new home for the next few years would be Aurora, Illinois.

In an apartment house where residents paid by the week, he lived with numerous cousins on the second floor. His job was cook and it was something he did for the rest of his life. He delighted in creating new recipes and reworking those of his wife.

Ramon met Diane in a basement laundry room in November 1969. They married the following June in the home of a judge along, with two of his Spanish speaking cousins. Ramon, himself, knew very little English but he had decided he was going to marry someone who could help him live the American dream. They ended up having four sons, nine grandchildren, two great granddaughters, and numerous daughters-in-law. Ramon's happiest times were spent in Mexico watching corn and wheat growing in fertile fields and doting on his grandchildren.

Ramon was a truck driver for many years and then became a warehouse manager. He retired early when his health interfered with his job. He drove everyone, anyone, anywhere. He loved to help others with transportation and he was good with $$ loans to friends and family.

Ramon married young at the age of nineteen and became a stepfather to Diane's 3 year old son Daniel. Three more sons, Johnny, Louie, and Bobby, came in due time. He found it hard to go to his sons' scouting activities, baseball, and soccer games. He was more at ease taking them to Church and school activities. He was Mr. Macho with his children and left the child rearing to his wife.

One of the things that Ramon did passed on to his sons was a strong work ethic. For more than 20 years, he worked 7 days a week, supporting his family and his widowed mother. However, he knew how to vacation with his wife and children and it was their tradition to travel each year. There were trips to Canada, the western United States, Texas, and various places in Mexico.

Ramon was the Godinez patriarch. He set the example for his siblings and others. He and Diane were married for almost 47 years. They lived in the same home for 38 years and went to the same Church for 40 years. He was husband, father, grandpapa, and friend to many. He may be gone from sight but he will continue to be in the hearts and minds of many.

Arrangements under the direction of Glen Abbey Mortuary, Bonita, CA.


  • Visitation

    Thursday, 25 May , 2017

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, 26 May , 2017

  • Interment

    Friday, 26 May , 2017



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Esther Lopez Jordan

13 June 2017

Was just thinking that I always thought he had a look like my grandfather, Felipe Lopez Jimenez. He, thanks to you Diane, got his DNA and sure enough we are related. I knew I had a special love for him and you because you became my family as well. I will miss him a lot.

Patricia Diane Godinez

13 June 2017

Today is our 47th Wedding Anniversary and I love you more than ever. We have shared many good times and I remember how it began.
We met in Aurora, Illinois. You did not speak English and I only had a few years of Spanish but we managed to communicate. A few months later we were married in the home of John Chivari, a magistrate, or judge. You made all the arrangements and you drove the car which included our two witnesses, Moises Aceves Godinez and Ramon Jaso Godinez. The short ceremony was all in English and I remember the words...and there to I plight thee my trough. We returned to our apartment house with one of the cousins driving and you and I seated together in the back seat. We posed for photos outside in the warm afternoon sun, you in your borrowed tan suit and I in a yellow flowered dress sent from Canada by my mother. I think our Illinois friend Donna took the pictures. Such a great beginning so long ago. Te quiero, mi amor, te quiero .

Marilyn Estrada

29 May 2017

I worked with Ramon for almost 40 years and I considered him part of my family. He was a wonderful friend and I will treasure his friendship always. Rest In Peace, my friend. Love you always. Marilyn

sharon chamberlain

28 May 2017

Even though I was Not there in person, My thoughts were with you all. I loved what Ramon stood for, He was a strong and loving man. He cared deeply for his family and friends, he will always be remembered, In our hearts forever. ❤ He's not gone, he is just a prayer away! 0:)

Shelly Waymire

26 May 2017

Rest in peace Ramon

Gloria Velasquez

26 May 2017

Sis. Godinez your husband became friends with my father when he recently became a new convert to the LDS family. He always made him feel welcomed and was a good friend to him thru out the years. I am saddened my father and I did not make the services.

Irene Whitehead and Robles

26 May 2017

Nuestro sincero pesame para toda la familia. Our thoughts and prayers are with you on this time.

Ron Brewer

26 May 2017

I met Ramon in the early eighties at Wilbur Ellis in Chula Vista. I was a customer and Ramon was the lot man who loaded and filled orders. It was always nice to see Ramon. He was always in a good mood. He was a hard worker and a good man. Ramon will be missed but remembered well by all who knew him.

wilbur walker

26 May 2017

Our Prayers Are With Your Family!

Ron & Elizabeth Keeler

26 May 2017

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time of sadness. We know you take comfort in the knowledge that you will be together again.