Hector Fernando Moreno
March 25, 1931 – June 3, 2019
On Monday, June 3, 2019, Hector Fernando Moreno went to be with the Lord. He was the second son of Fernando Moreno and Maria Victoria Moreno. He was born in Los Angeles, California on March 25th, 1931.
From his early years Hector showed two talents that would help him overcome his inability to read. He had dyslexia. In elementary school he would paint murals on butcher paper depicting the topic being studied – covered wagons for the western movement or sailing ships for exploring the New World. He was artistic.
Hector had a singing voice that contributed to school programs and social events. Often he would play a record – 78;s or long playing over and over again until the song was memorized – whether in Hebrew, Spanish, Italian or German. This technique brought him success when he sang as a professional.
While in Belmont High he met Mardis Action. Before he graduated, he married Mardis. They had two daughters. Elizabeth was first and Yolanda was second. Eddie was their first son. Their second son, Arthur, died in infancy.
Hector enjoyed his first jobs – at Krispy Kone, the Southern Pacific Railroad. And Link-Belt. His goal was to work in the studios. In time he became a union grip and then best boy.
His schooling was at Belmont Adult School. He received his high school diploma there. In his younger years, Cuca, hi s grandmother, helped him learn the guitar. His cousin, Armando Roux, would teach Hector techniques that made him a more professional singer. They spend many, many hours practicing. Hector sang in community college musicals, private parties, in small theater plays and professionally at the Spanish speaking Million Dollar Theater.
He attended the Riverside Ranch at rehearsals of Hank Williams, Sr. In the evenings he was learning Western songs at the Palmino Club in North Hollywood. Hector’s interest in Western songs began when he attended Rancho san Antonio in Chatsworth. The school had stables and horses. He loved horses.
Hector’s life reflected his interests and love for his art – singing and performing. While a member of the Screen Actors Guild, he saved dozens of Screen Actor magazines. He was very proud of his grown children. Pastors Yolanda and Eddie sang and played the guitar. His friends in the jewelry business were his special family. For several decades he was the care giver to his mother whom he emulate. She Sang and performed in her youth.
Hector leaves behind his older brother Edward, his daughters Elizabeth and Yolanda and his son Eddie, plus grandchildren and great grandchildren and the hundreds who enjoyed his singing. You might hear Enrico Caruso and Hector Moreno singing a duet in heaven.