Jose Castellanos Velasco

March 19, 1932May 10, 2018

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.


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Jose Castellanos Velasco

8:00 am - 9:30 am

Glen Abbey Memorial Park and Mortuary

The Little Lodge

3838 Bonita Road
Bonita, CA 91902

2 June

Jose Castellanos Velasco

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Church of the Most Precious Blood

1245 4th Avenue
Chula Vista, CA 91911


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Melissa Mergy

May 26, 2018

Pa where do I even start...
Even though you were in pain you made sure to show us how much you loved us and thank everyone for everything they’ve done. I know you would hear this from all of us grandchildren and how we were thankful for everything you’ve done. Well I want to thank you for making the choice in making a better life for your family and children by moving to the United States. All the rough patches and hard work was definitely worth it all, look at all your children and grandchildren. We all have been successful and have accomplished many things throughout our lives. I finally graduated from the University Pa!! Remember every time I would visit, you would ask me how I was doing and I always told you I’ve been finishing school to get my Bachelors degree and working. Well on May 19th I finally walked across that stage. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for you, ma, my mom and family. Thank you Pa for also being a father figure to me and helping my mom raise me from a very young age. From picking me up from school everyday, till I was able to finally drive myself. Just know that your always going to be loved and missed dearly. Your great granddaughter that should be arriving in August 2018 is going to be told so many great stories about you and ma, I promise. Remember when you gave me a teddy bear that you won yourself in the claw machine, well that’s going to passed down to her. I’m happy that your not in pain anymore because it did hurt to see you in pain. I’m thankful for God and grandma for giving us 13 months with you to share more memories together so you can tell her all about them. Now you are both at peace and watching over everyone. I love you with all my heart! This is not a goodbye but a see you later. Say hi to ma for me and give her a big hug and kiss.
-Love always & forever

Belinda Cisneros

May 23, 2018

With all the pain that my Pa went through he always was able to show all of us how much he loved us through his smile. He always thought of others before himself. Since I was little what ever I was going through his loved took all my worries away. Playing in his backyard in Oxnard brought me joy. He never complained about us grandkids. Seeing us brought him happiness and we were never a bother to him.
I will miss bringing the Lord to you but you no longer have to wait. You are with him for eternity.
Thank you Pa for your love for us Love your China