Saturnino Samora Perez
December 27, 1921 – June 22, 2019
Saturnino S. Perez (Nino) was a Volunteer Worker at the Lemon Grove Senior Center, 8235 Mt. Vernon Street in the City of Lemon Grove, California for several years. Originally as a volunteer at the Center, Nino worked under the sponsorship of Catholic Charities. However, as a result of budget concerns Catholic Charities transferred the management of the Senior Center over to the County of San Diego. So, then Nino was working as a volunteer for the County of San Diego who’s supported by project funding by Older American Act funds.
Saturnino Samora Perez was born in La Hacienda Santa Teresa, Coahuila, Mexico on December 27th, 1921 and immigrated to the United States with his family when he was about 40 days old. Nino is the second child of eight siblings born to Jose Banuelos Perez and Micaela (Zamora) Samora. His brother and sisters include: Macario (Mike) Samora Perez, Antonia (Toni) Fuentes, Cleopatra (Mary) DeLaughary, Sabas (Joan) Garcia, Santos (Sammie) Stone, Manuela (Emma) Quiros, Petra Perez and Angela (Zamora) Rendon an older half sister born to his mother.
The Perez family settled in the State of Texas and made a living in the rural farming and ranching community of McCulloch County. As an adolescent, Nino went to elementary school(s) in the towns of Doole and Pear Valley in McCulloch County. After attending both Doole Elementary School and Pear Valley Elementary, he later on went to Lohn High School (now Brady High School) in the city of Brady in McCulloch County. While in high school, he excelled in the sports of basketball and baseball.
June 19th, 1943 found Nino being drafted into the U. S. Army and leaving his home in the small town of Bledsoe in Cochran County, Texas. He was inducted into the service at Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma. And then was sent to the training facility at Camp Joseph T. Robinson in North Little Rock, Arkansas for basic training. After completion of the intensive basic training program, Nino was reassigned to Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma for Artillery Training with the 242nd Field Artillery.
During the last year of World War II, Nino came to San Diego, the year was 1945. Eventually, the majority of his immediate family left the town of Hurlwood in Lubbock County, Texas… settling in San Diego, California. Five years later in 1950, Saturnino S. Perez was married to Manuelita (Manuela/Nelly) Landazuri. The couples’ wedding took place on February 4th, 1950 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in the City of San Diego, California.
Nino and Nelly started a family of their own having three children, Rose Marie Perez (Sebastian) born in 1951, Victor Manuel Perez born in 1952 and Irma Guadalupe Perez born in 1956. They have one grandchild, Laura Marie Sebastian (Cameron) born in 1971 to Rose Marie Perez-Sebastian and Daniel Howard Sebastian. They also have one great grandchild, Celeste Catalina Elizabeth Cameron, born in 2003 to Laura Marie Sebastian-Cameron and Donald James Angus Cameron.
In 2001, Nino retired after a 35 career as a civilian employee for the U.S. Navy as a Sheet Metal Mechanic from the Naval Aviation Depot at the Naval Air Station North Island, Coronado, California. Prior to his job at North Island he worked various jobs which included being a Mail Carrier for the U. S. Post Service, Van Camp Seafood for 15 years, Lockheed in Burbank, Astronautics, Rohr Industries, Ryan Aeronautical and General Dynamics/Convair. He passed away at 12.15PM on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at his home in San Diego, California. Age 97
- Funeral Mass Friday, July 5, 2019