Ernest Perez Espinoza

February 26, 1933December 25, 2012

Ernesto Espinoza, to most known as "caballon", who was a beloved son/brother/husband/father/grandpa/great grandpa and friend passed away at the age of 79 years old on his favorite holiday Christmas Day, December 25th, 2012, surrounded by all of his loved ones. The epitome of a "family man," with the heart of a horse, was determined to have his family and friends use his passing as a day to remember and celebrate his life, and this is exactly what we will do in memory of this great man. Ernesto was born on February 26, 1933 in Canoga Park, CA to Jose and Teodora Perez Espinoza.

He was born and raised in the "Valley" and worked as a construction worker and carpenter for most of his life.

Ernesto married the love of his life and soul mate Sofia (Juarez) on April 11, 1953 in Los Angeles, CA. They were the true definition of unconditional love who were happily married for 59 wonderful years and still so much in love. In the years of their marriage they showed each other daily genuine love and affection. Ernesto serenaded his beautiful wife every morning with guitar in hand, sitting by the fireplace while she smiled lovingly back at him. This was just one of the many memories they shared and made throughout the years.

In his early years he was a dedicated member of the Guadalupe Youth Center and became friends with everyone he met. He built a beautiful loving family, and the nature man that he was loved using his hands for his passion of carpentry and gardening. He always instilled an "open door policy" welcoming anyone into his home. His grandkids will always remember him for his Rico Suave moves on the dance floor, his dashing good looks (always in a fedora hat) and his soulful emotion he would pour out on the guitar and harmonica. Most importantly he always made sure everyone around him had a great time!

He was preceded in death by Jose Espinoza, Teodora Perez Espinoza, Jenny, David, Manuel, Tomasita, Daniel, Mike and Enrique.

Ernesto is survived by his wife Sofia; 9 Children- Joe, David (Star), Peter, Frank (Jenny), Lucy, Linda (Vince), Anita (Armando), Ruby and Elizabeth; Brothers- Chilo, Benjamin (Betty), Jess (Barbara), Lucy "Chita", Amador (Lupe), Robert (Alvina), John (Pat); 19 Grandchildren and 10 Great Grand Children; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended relatives and not to forget his adoring dog (princess) Lilly.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, January 3, 2013, from 4:00pm until 8:00pm with a rosary starting at 7:00pm. The visitation and rosary will be held in the Chapel of the Hills, located at Eternal Valley Memorial Park Mortuary, 23287 N Sierra Highway, Newhall, CA 91321. The Funeral Mass will be held at, St. Joseph the Worker ,19855 Sherman Way, Winnetka, CA 91306 , on Friday, January 4, 2013, at 10:30am. Burial will follow at, Oakwood Memorial Park, 22601 Lassen St Chatsworth, CA 91311.


  • Visitation Thursday, January 3, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Friday, January 4, 2013

Ernest Perez Espinoza

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March 12, 2013

I will my Dad so much. He was the light and heart of our family. He will be missed so much by his grand kids and great kids. I know he will be around watching over us as he always did. Our family was blessed to have such a wonderful and loving and full of life father. My Mom will miss her soul mate, but will be waiting for time they meet again. I hope he is using his carpenters skills to build us a ranch for when its time for all of us to go home. Love You Dad Lucy


January 7, 2013

I want to thank all for the wonderful messages and prayers. Our family appreciate it. We will miss our Dad tremendously and will keep the memories he left behind and share them with generations to come, and always have him in our hearts. I thank my family, cousins and friends for all there support. Love you All!

January 7, 2013

My condolences to the Espinoza family.CABALLON you will be missed by many.JOE GUZMAN

Rosemary Martinez

January 4, 2013

Anita and Family, my sincere condolences on your great loss. May wonderful memories comfort you. God be with you and your family. Rosemary(Rosa's grandaughter)

January 4, 2013

To the Espinoza Family, our prayers and thoughts are with you all.
Mario and Linda Hernandez

January 4, 2013

Tia Sophia and Cousins, we are thinking of you during this difficult time, and sending our prayers your way. We love you.

Love, Gilbert Juarez and family

Andrea Espinoza

January 3, 2013

My Tio - we will miss you so much - always. I am heartbroken for my Tia Sophie, my cousins, my dad and other
Uncles and Aunts. I carry you all in my hearts.

My only consolation is he is with Grandma now.

January 3, 2013

We are so sorry for your loss. Uncle Ernest was a bright light who lit up a room when he entered it and just made you feel good being around him and that will surely be missed. May God give you peace and serenity during this time. We send our love and prayers, Matt, Natalie, and Family Ballestero

Tawni Lara

January 2, 2013

I love you SO MUCH Grandpa, thanks for always being there, even when you didn't have to be. You were the best example of what a man should be and we miss you greatly. We will take care of Grandma, and we know you will be watching over us too! Hope you're playing your harmonica for Jesus in Heaven!

Alice Rubio

January 2, 2013

My prayers and thoughts are with the family! I am so sorry for your loss and pray God gives you the comfort and strength you need at this time.