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Dimond & Shannon Mortuary

10630 Chapman Ave, Garden Grove, CA

OBITUARY

Justin Luke Valdez

September 4, 1993September 23, 2013
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Justin Valdez, a resident of Garden Grove, passed away on September 23, 2013. He is survived by his beloved sister Jessica, brother-in-law Nizar, Grandparents Frank and Maria, parents Jennifer and John and Uncle David as well as many family and friends. A Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at St. Columban Catholic Church from 5-8 PM with a Rosary at 7 PM. A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, October 4, 2013 at St. Columban Catholic Church at 10 AM, with a Graveside Service following at Westminster Memorial Park.

Services are under the direction of Dimond and Shannon Mortuary. 10630 Chapman Ave., Garden Grove, CA 92840. (714) 537-1038.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, October 3, 2013
  • Rosary Thursday, October 3, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Friday, October 4, 2013

Memories

Justin Luke Valdez

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Cash Standing

October 24, 2013

I'm so very glad that I got to meet you on the first night of rush. After our talk on Angel Island I could really see how bright your personality is and I really regret not spending more time with you. You inspired me to live a more positive life and I miss you every day.

Michelle McGuire

October 23, 2013

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October 23, 2013

Tymeri Wright

October 22, 2013

Thank you for giving me the power to always smile. You will always be in my heart. Truly someone that had great intentions and ideas for the future. Rest in Paradise my friend.

Ali Landeros

October 22, 2013

Justin, the last time we met you asked me how it was that I could remember you after such a long time without seeing each other. As I said then, I will say now, "how could I ever forget?". You're a force to remember Justin. And I always will. It's bitter sweet that I only got to know you much better after this tragedy but I know for a fact that I will truly always remember you. Keep shining your smiles down on us. Keep sending your love. And above all, please keep sending your inspiration. Shake the heavens bro, and let some hope fall down on us. "The time may pass, the heaves turn and always we will see, the love you have for the earth and us; your smiles, your laugh, your glee." Keep rocking in paradise!

Ali Landeros

October 22, 2013

Justin, the last time we met you asked me how it was that I could remember you after such a long time without seeing each other. As I said then, I will say now, "how could I ever forget?". You're a force to remember Justin. And I always will. It's bitter sweet that I only got to know you much better after this tragedy but I know for a fact that I will truly always remember you. Keep shining your smiles down on us. Keep sending your love. And above all, please keep sending your inspiration. Shake the heavens bro, and let some hope fall down on us. "And I'm sure your view from heaven, beats the hell out of mine here. But if we all believe in Heaven, maybe we'll make it through one more year, down here."

Christian Lopez

October 22, 2013

IN LOVING MEMORY OF JUSTIN VALDEZ
Justin, why must you leave this world without saying goodbye? Why does this man's life had to be taken away at a young age? How could this happen to such an amazing person? All the why's and how's rushed through my mind the moment I heard that his life took an earlier flight to the heavens above. They must have made a mistake taking the wrong Justin. But they didn't. The Justin Valdez that I befriended and cared about since the 4th Grade left suddenly and moved to a new world without leaving a phone number to call or text, or an address to send a letter to. Hopefully when I read this to your friends and family, you'll be able to hear it too.
Justin is like Pikachu from Pokemon full of electrifying energy. Although Pikachu never evolved, he was able to make a strong bond with the people he met throughout his journey and was able to change the world. I was fortunate enough to be one of the people Justin met along his journey. It was the 4th Grade at Evans Elementary and I knew that we would be good friends. He had a loud personality that can be heard and felt throughout the whole school. He was a weird individual, but who isn't? Weird is the new normal. I would forget what I had to say to Justin when we would talk because he had that smile that would have you in a trance and all you could do is smile back and forget about everything else.
Justin's life was an ocean full of promises. Surfing the waves with millions of lists carved on the surfboard. Crossing one by one until a wave too big took the surfer's life and broke the board into many pieces which eventually was picked up by family, friends, and strangers that respected him. Justin's legacy was left carved on the surfboard.
Justin was more than an environmentalists. He was half a battery, only full of positives. This whole experience made me realize just like when developing pictures, you have to go through the negatives before reaching the positive outcome. You made such a big impact in our lives and in the school. I can only imagine how you would have change the world and made a bigger impact in other people's lives.
Justin wouldn't want us to be feeling sad with our tears running down our faces, he would want our tears to run down our faces because we are smiling and laughing at all the good memories we had with him. Going through the pain of losing someone you care about is one of the toughest thing a person has to go through. When my dad passed away, I thought I would never be able to live my normal life because having my dad alive was my normal life. I realize that we must let them go, so that our loved ones can look down at us as we look to the sky. The dream world of living forever is impossible but having our memories of Justin will live forever in our hearts.

Scott Shields

October 11, 2013

My heart goes out to you for your loss. So very sad, my prayers and thoughts are with you. Justin, your pictures show that you were someone who enjoyed life and brought happiness to the people around you, I know you will be missed dearly. I'm sorry you were taken so young, and by such an evil person and a senseless act. If the world was filled with the type of happiness your pictures showed you had, this world would be a happier place. RIP man, and may God hold you close in his arms.

Linda Valdez

October 7, 2013

I am very sorry for your loss, I watched the loving video of your beloved family member, I was looking for an obituary of a family member who had passed away this past Saturday, he was a strong man battling cancer for 13 years. Your son is my daughter's age, he is a very handsome young man, and I'm sure he has brought you smiles and proudness on a daily basis, I am very sorry for your loss.

Linda Valdez

K. McGarey

October 7, 2013

Dear Justin's Family,

As a 40+ plus resident of San Francisco, I am so very saddened and horrifed at the sensless way his bright future was ended. I have a daughter near his age and I know I can't even begin to imagine the depth of your sorrow. May God is his mercy and love give you the strength and courage to face the future. Please remember that earth knows no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal. Sincere condolences to all of you.

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