Jose Castellanos Velasco

March 19, 1932May 10, 2018
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On May 10, 2018, our beloved Jose Velasco, often referred to as, “Pa”, took his last breathe and the heavens gained another Angel.

After a long battle with multiple health issues, his body could endure no longer and succumbed. In his last moments, those that loved him dearly included all six of his children, which were present by his side.Jose was a father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great-grandfather at the time of his passing. Jose was born in the small farming and fishing town of Jamay, Jalisco, Mexico where as a very young child of 7-8, he had to take on responsibilities that would be inconceivable and unacceptable by todays accepted norms. It may be that as a result of these hardships, he developed great traits and strengths that would bear much fruits to many of us, even today. Jose met the love of his life, Guadalupe Velasco as a young man and they married in 1952. He was 20 and she was about 17. They both came from disadvantaged backgrounds, but together they worked hard to provide a better life for their family that would ultimately include two girls and four boys. In the late 1940’s Jose had emigrated to the United States through the Bracero Program and settled in the farming town of Oxnard, California. In 1961, he immigrated his family, which at the time included his oldest son, Xavier, Daughters Margarita, and Esther. Three more sons would follow in California, Jose Luis and twins, Juan and Rafael bring the size of his family to six. Jose was known for being a very hard worker and a man of many traits and skills. Many of us enjoyed the great stories he told of the different jobs he would undertake in an efforts to get ahead in life. In Oxnard, they were well known in the community as a family that would often provide aide and support to those less fortunate than themselves. As parents, they sacrificed many things and worked hard in order to guide their children to a more a prosperous future. He did not acquire his intelligence and knowledge through a traditional education, but rather by life experiences and a desire to demonstrate to his children that the only limitations that existed were the ones they created in their mind. In time It brought him great joy to witness all his children accomplish many goals, and lead successful lives. In his last days he would greet visitors with a smile on his face even though you could see the pain visible in his eyes brought about by his many health issues. It brings the family peace of mind knowing his suffering has ended and has once again reunited with the love of his life, Guadalupe. Today we have all benefitted from his example of hard work, courage, his pursuit of a better life, and his tireless dedication for his family. His weathered and battered hands and body was a physical reminder to all of us of what he had endured for the sake and love of his family. There is no greater Love than this. We can all continue honor him by following his example in loving and caring for our own families, helping those in need and setting no limits to what we can accomplish.


  • Xavier Velasco, Son



  • Visitation Saturday, June 2, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, June 2, 2018


  • Reception

Jose Castellanos Velasco

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Valerie Velasco

June 2, 2018

Dear Pa
Thank you for everything you taught us. Thank you for teaching us love don't have to have lots of words. Just being in your presence would bring a sense of peace and love. I will miss looking into ur beautiful face, your comforting smile, and your warm and kind eyes. We will see each other again. I love you <3

Melissa Mergy

June 1, 2018

A beautiful smile I will always keep in my heart, till we see each other again Pa! Te Amo!

Melissa Mergy

June 1, 2018

My two guardian angels, I love you Pa and Ma!

Melissa Mergy

June 1, 2018


June 1, 2018

Dear Pa,

As we the family remember you, it should go without saying, that you were one of the most: loving, patient, and understanding human beings to have ever blessed the Earth. And your compassion has not wavered, even now, as you walk alongside our Lord. The love that you had taught us, lives on in each of us, and your memory serves as a beacon, for which we can strive for, and hope one day to achieve.

Yes, Pa, we will miss you. And I personally would like to thank you, because so much of what I saw in you, I wanted to be. I remember your unwavering curiosity for this world. It was beautiful to see. I remember your love for your fellow man, for your neighbor, and even for animals. Strangers and friends and family, alike, all held you in the highest regard for your mutual respect and dignity.

Its not fair we lost you Pa, but I don't think you're truly lost, because your love is still here; and we the Velasco's can feel it.

Clohe Velasco

June 1, 2018

Dear Grandpa,
Hearing stories of how hard working you were has inspired me to great lengths. No matter the challenges or adversity you faced, you over came them even stronger than before. I thank you for having a role in shaping my father into the hard working man he is today. Your humble and God-loving life has inspired many for generations to come. May you finally be at rest in the open arms of God!

Kailee Velasco

June 1, 2018

"Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven"
Matthew 18:4
Grandpa, although you did not possess many things of this world, but instead lived a humble hard earned life, you have now so much in the kingdom of heaven where your soul now rests. God has seen how you lived through the trails and hardships of you life, and he never left your side. I look forward to the day where we can meet again and live for eternity in the goodness of God's kingdom.
Until then grandpa, Kailee

Miranda Magaña Velasco

June 1, 2018

Dear Pa,
You are a great man. Thank you for being a role model to me and my family. I will miss the way you smiled whenever we came to visit. You are an inspiration to me. Thank you Pa

Elizabeth Velasco

June 1, 2018

Recordando a Don Jose Velasco
Siempre es dificil ,despues de convivir con el y doña lupe por 2 años segidos es dificil saver que lla no estan en tu casa con mis hijo y familia,que siempre les desia donde estan mis hijos,que el me Los cuido en oxnard cuando eran niños que siempre me los protegio,y que siempre estuvo en las buenas y las malas ,que siempre se ponia en mi favor contra luis, yo quede admirada como queria a doña Lupe hasta el final de su Vida y como el quiso a sus hijos pase lo que pase y sobre todo como agradesia y nos desia gracias por todo y que dios nos daria el cielo su palabra que desia antes de dormir .siempre estara en nuestro corazon

Edmund Luis Velasco

June 1, 2018

Pa,thank you so much for giving me a great father and shaping me into the man I am today...... From picking us up from school and waking us up for breakfast for school😊😆...I love you so much and miss hearing your voice from your "Otra ves ti chente, cambia esa concion Lupe"" to your "Vamos a innout" I'll never forget you or ma......Te quiero mucho Pa


Everyone’s life is the sum total of all of the people they have met, the things they have done, the places they have gone.

Jose Castellanos Velasco was a loved one, a friend, and someone special.

To family and friends who knew him best, Jose will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

Services are under the direction of Glen Abbey Memorial Park and Mortuary.