Ernesto Pio Becerra

July 12, 1921November 21, 2018
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Ernesto Pio Becerra, 97 of El Cajon, California peacefully passed away at the comfort of his home surrounded by close family on November 21, 2018. He was the husband of the late Connie Becerra who were married for 61 years. He was the son of the late Vicente and Guadalupe Becerra of San Diego.

Pio is survived by his 5 children, daughters Yolanda (Danny) Gilliland, Linda (Henry) Zaldivar, and Rosemary (Dennis) Pluth and sons Ernest (Cathy) Becerra Jr., William Bennett and predeceased daughter, Sharon Carrillo and son James Bennett. His legacy extends to many loving grandchildren (29), great grandchildren (37) and great-great grandchildren (6).

Pio was born in San Diego, CA on July 12, 1921 and lived in San Diego County all his life, the last 42 years in El Cajon where all his daughters and son live. He worked in the Dairy Industry for 42 years as a Operations Manager at the Bottling Processing plant for Golden Arrow Dairy, then Carnation when he retired at age 62. The past 35 years of retirement Pio and Connie spent traveling in their RV to 42 states across the US and Mexico.

In his early years at the age of 22 in May 1944, Pio served in the Army of the United States during WWII. He was in Private Company I, 127th Regiment Infantry, 3rd Battalion, 32nd Division “Red Arrow” known for their insignia. He served until May 1947, he was wounded in combat. His honorable discharge citations include Good Conduct, Rifleman 745 and was decorated with a Purple Heart Medal, 2 Bronze Stars, WWII Victory Medal and Philippine Liberation with 1 Bronze Star and Combat Infantry Badge. The men of the “Red Arrow” 32nd Infantry Division can be justly proud of their record of service in World War II, and Dad was proud to have served his country. Up until his last days he loved to wear his Army cap decorated with pins he was awarded serving his country.

Dad’s family has strong roots and settled in the early 1900’s in San Diego , his Grandfather Lorenzo Becerra and father and mother Vicente and Guadalupe Becerra lived here with their family of 7 children, Vera, Eddie, Ray, Alfred, Maggie and Mary. The history leads back to the late 1800’s with 8 Core families who’s kinship and strong relationships established in Logan Heights made San Diego their home. Dad’s longtime friends, family, and relationships are deep rooted and he often told of stories relating to these experiences in his life.

Pio and Connie met in San Diego in 1951, raised 7 children and lived in the Lake Murray/San Carlos neighborhood, then Rancho San Diego. In his free time Dad loved gardening and loved sports, his favorite teams the San Diego Padres and San Diego Chargers. When Petco Park was established for the Padres, a brick was laid down in commemoration of his love of the game and team in the Plaza entry.

Our family has many cherished memories of our Dad. He will be laid to rest at Holy Cross Cemetery with Military Honors and be buried with his beloved Connie and other family members on site on December 12, 2018. Rest in peace Dad, you deserve it. Much Love to you.


  • Graveside Service Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Ernesto Pio Becerra

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Cris (Clark) Alexander

December 14, 2018

Mr. Becerra, and all of the Becerra family, were such a huge part of my younger life. I’ll never forget the family parties on Beaver Lake in San Carlos and Mr. Becerra holding court at the bar in the rec room. Also him laughing at me when he gave me food that was waaay to hot for this gringa and then giving me a bottle of beer to put the fire out. I can still hear his laugh and feel his hugs. What a wonderful man who has left a lifetime of beautiful memories for those of us who had the honor of knowing him.

Sarah Zaldivar

December 13, 2018

I am so grateful to have had Grandpa Becerra as my Grandfather & Godfather and I will cherish all my memories with him . I’m going to miss his stories, playing card games, watching him make his beloved bird houses, how he would always want to share his food with me, the big family parties (blasting & singing along to Elvis) and most of all, his big hugs that would squeeze us with his big bear hands. At 97 years old he left us so peacefully, surrounded by his whole family just the way he wanted it. Your legacy lives on forever. May you Rest In Peace and continue to watch over our family alongside Grandma and please give her a big hug and kiss from me. The memory of you will live on forever in my heart. I love you, “Grandpa Chicken Legs 🕊👼🏽🙏🏽♥️

Celeste Montalvo

December 12, 2018

I just came back from Mr. Becerra's Celebration of Life and it was truly a celebration of his life but the legacy he leaves behind with All of his family is unbelievable❣

I've known the Becerra Familia since the 60's at Forward Elementary school along with them being neighbors in San Carlos. Little did I know back then, that both Mr. Becerra and my father Carlos were both raised in Barrio Logan, served in WWII and moved their families to San Carlos on the same street. Come to find out that there are so many coincidences or shall I say Godincidences amongst our families.

Rest in Peace Mr. Becerra and send my love to those family members that await our arrival.

With much love to you and that whole Becerra family of yours ❤ Celeste Montalvo
P.S. - Siblings you truly paid your Dad a beautiful tribute that you should be proud of. Nice to see and experience that today.... Good for you 💋besitos

Julie Helmick

December 8, 2018

Uncle Ernie was fun loving and liked to laugh. When we visited San Diego, there were many nights I stayed over at their house. He was always kind to me. Rest in peace Uncle Ernie and may you be reunited with Aunt Connie and all the rest of your family.


Saundra Bennett

December 6, 2018

My greatest memory of my grandpa is going over to his and my grandmothers house on weekends and holidays with my family and having big family dinners. Running and playing with my cousins while my grandpa , Dad and uncles blasted Elvis from the bar room.
RIP Grandpa Pio ❤️

Vicki Clark

December 3, 2018

I am a friend of his son Ernie. We grew up together in San Carlos. Several years ago Ernie and I realized that our families shared similar important dates. Such as, his Dad and my Mom were both born on July 12th a few years apart. July 3rd was my parents Wedding Anniversary and Ernie's Birthday. Finally my Mom passed away on Nov. 25, 2018. Very close to when Ernie's Dad passed. Small world. It is obvious you were and always will be Loved and adored by your all of children and family. Ernie you are so Blessed for being such a Loving and Kind Care Giver to your Dad all these years. Now you are going to have to adjust to him being gone. But, in time you will.
R.I.P. Mr. Becerra

Andrea Livitski

December 1, 2018

I will forever hold on to the many memories I have of Grandpa Pio. I will never forget how loving he was with his family. He always made his grandchildren feel loved and uniquely special and I know he knows how much I appreciated all his love. "Grandpa Chicken", as I called him when I was little, was always a strong, hard working man, even just around the house. I will always remember him enjoying his Lipton hot tea in the mornings; his huge key ring full of keys dangling from his hip; following him out to the chicken coop to collect eggs or out to the work shed to help him or just watch him and checking out all the cool tools he had...especially the ride on mower - or whatever equipment it was - that me and my cousins loved to play on. I loved traveling with Grandma and Grandpa in their motorhome. I loved playing dice games with them. I even love my memories of the only cereal they ever had was large shredded wheat but they would pile scoops of sugar on top so we would eat it. Grandpa and Grandma Chicken's house was always full of family, laughter, joy and Elvis! I am so happy knowing that now Grandma and Grandpa are together again, and (hopefully) with Elvis, singing along with him at the big table.
I Love you Grandpa ❤


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