Auro P. Bustillo

August 11, 1934March 14, 2013
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Auro Pio Bustillo (1934-2013)

Auro, 79, passed away at his home in San Jose, CA, surrounded by family on March 14, 2013. He was originally from Potosi, Bolivia. One of his great loves was engineering: he was the lead engineer in the first highway in La Paz, Bolivia. Auro graduated from the Universidad Tomás Frías (Potosi, Bolivia) and the University of Ohio. He worked for Caltrans into his 70’s where he made some lifelong friends and enjoyed every minute of it!

Auro had a wonderful sense of humor and great love for life. He was well read and well traveled; he spoke several languages and was a master chess player; a teacher and philosopher, a devoted soccer fan and avid reader. But above all, Auro was a loving father, brother, grandfather and husband.

Surviving is his loving family: wife, Virginia; daughters, Pamela and Connie, sons-in-law, Shawn Vecellio and David Chapman; brother and sister Grover Bustillo and Irma Bustillo; sister-in-law Herminia Paz; nieces and nephews, Lola Paz, Margarito Paz and Victor Bustillo; grandchildren, Xavier, Arielle and Lolita.

He will be greatly missed …


Auro Pio Bustillo (1934-2013)

La familia lamenta anunciar el fallecimiento del Ingeniero Auro Bustillo, 79, en su residencia en San José, CA, el día 14 de marzo, 2013. Originario de Potosí, Bolivia, Auro, fue el ingeniero principal de la primer autopista en La Paz, Bolivia. Educado en la Universidad Tomás Frías(Potosí, Bolivia) y en Ohio State University (EE.UU.). Uno de sus grandes amores era la ingeniería. Como Ingeniero de Caltrans (EE.UU.) hasta su jubilación en 2009, Auro formo amistades de por vida.

Auro tenia un gran sentido del humor y amaba a la vida. Era leído y culto ; sabia muchas lenguas y era maestro en el juego de ajedrez; maestro y filosofo, un devota del futbol y lector voraz. Pero sobretodo, Auro era un padre, abuelo, hermano y esposo ejemplar y cariñoso.

Lo sobrevive su familia: esposa, Virginia; hijas, Pamela y Connie, yernos, Shawn Vecellio y David Chapman; hermanos Irma Bustillo y Grover Bustillo; cuñada Herminia Paz; sobrinos, Lola Paz, Margarito Paz y Victor Bustillo; nietos adorados, Xavier, Arielle y Lolita. Guardaremos su recuerdo en nuestros corazones para siempre …


  • Visitation Tuesday, March 19, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, March 20, 2013

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Alex Dunne

March 23, 2013

Auro will be missed by the correspondence chess community.
Pax, Alex Dunne USCF CC Director

David Chapman

March 21, 2013

Eulogy #2 (written and read by David Chapman, son-in-law)

If you know Spanish or have studied it, you probably know that a double-negative is actually proper Spanish. An example is, "Yo no se nada" translated directly to English is: "I don't know nothing." A very wise, multi-lingual man told me an anecdote about when he was learning English: That, in English, a double-negative is a No-No. And I smiled as his renowned, contagious chuckle lit up the room.

For those who don't know me, or may not remember me, my name is David Chapman. I want to say a few words in memory of my father-in-law, whom I had the privilege of getting to know for the past 20 years.

Auro lived a very remarkable life. His broad range of interests, travels, studies, worry-free attitude, and happy demeanor made him a wonderful person to know. Known to be always smiling, he also had seemingly infinite patience, never complaining about a thing; the epitome of the disposition: "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all".

He was philosophical in his approach to life. He especially had a great perspective when it came to the little things, never displaying anger or impatience. Instead, he showed a great dignity and humor. He would smile instead, and seem to be able to dismiss it with a single shake of the head. I have always admired that trait.

Although he did not usually initiate the telling of his amazing stories, once you asked him about something, he would happily offer an intriguing thought or anecdote, or have an interesting history to recount. He was very generous, both with his time and money, always willing to help those close to him in need and, at the same time, never wanting anything for himself.

When I watch a professional soccer game, I will think of him. When I see a chess game, I will think of him. I will always remember the Earthquakes soccer game he, my son Xavier, and I shared together. I will remember him patiently instructing my daughter Arielle on chess. And I will definitely make time soon to read the Nero Wolfe book he gifted me several years ago by one of his favorite authors.

I will miss his infinite collection of baseball caps. And his collection of Bolivian music which kept him busy migrating from record and tape to MP3 and then down to the iPod. I will miss his signature Hello with his genuine smile and a slight nod of the head; our linguistic discussions on Spanish and English; and his perspective and his gentle humor. I will miss the surprising depth and scope of his knowledge; and the warmth he extended to everyone he met.

Without a doubt, he was a wonderful grandfather, father, father-in-law, husband, uncle, and friend.

And, although I will miss the "Oooo-wow" sound he made because of his knees as he ascended stairs, I am happy he no longer feels that, or any other kind of, pain. Yo no se nada; I don't know nothing… except that I will miss my father-in-law dearly, and will remember him fondly forever.

Adriana Morieko

March 21, 2013

Lo siento mucho. Para mi el fue una gran persona a la cual admiro mucho y quiero, siempre se porto muy bien y a mi hermano le encantaba hablar de futbol con el. Mi sentido pesame a todos ustedes, Lamento haberme enterado tan tarde pero mis pensamientos y oraciones estan con ustedes. Con mucho carino, Adriana and Rick Morieko y familia. Mi familia quiere y recuerda mucho a Pam y mandas su sentido pesame

Edmundo Salinas

March 21, 2013

Dear Vicki, Connie, Pam and family;Edmundo and I are very sorry for having lost such a dear friend as Auro; and we pray that you have peace and comfort during this sad time. Maria Helena

Rosa Vargas-Millan

March 20, 2013

Dear Vicki, Connie, Pamela, and family, My deepest condolences to all of you. Sending you prayers and blessings during this though time. The love and cherishable memories you made with your wonderful father will brighten each day of your life.

March 20, 2013

From Bolivia. Acabo de enterarme con profunda pena del fallecimiento de mi querido amigo y colega Auro Bustillo. .Auro adem

March 19, 2013

Dear Pam and Family,

My deepest sympathies to you and your family during this sorrowful time.

Jesus Morales

Smruti Kurse

March 19, 2013

Dear Connie and family,

Sorry for your loss, our deepest condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May the comfort of God, family and friends help you in this difficult time. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help you.

Smruti & Gopi

March 19, 2013

Connie and family our deepest condolences to all of you. You are all in our thoughts. Sarita, Anil and Riya

Sophia Hernandez And Alicia Barajas

March 19, 2013

Sending our deepest condolences to Pam and Family. May the love of those around you help you through the days ahead.