Felix C. Amaro

July 29, 1914May 10, 2012

Felix passed away on May 10th at the age of 97. He enjoyed a long and prosperous life surrounded by his family and friends. Felix was born in Zacatecas, Mexico. The family crossed into the United States when he was a mere toddler. The Amaro family worked their way to Arizona, then on to San Jose, CA. He came from migrant farm workers, and left school at age 14 to help the family. As a young adult he returned to school to become an auto mechanic. Although his education was interrupted by WWII, he was able to complete his education through army training. During the War, he was a 2nd driver, 1st gunner and Sherman Tank mechanic. Of his 250-member Battalion, only 17 returned. Upon his return, he utilized his mechanic's training for over 30 years in a local cannery. In May 1947, he married Elena Belia Carrillo, who preceded him in death in 1990. He leaves behind his loving children, David, Lydia, Arturo and Loretta, his 16 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and his brother Herman. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Visitation will be on Sunday, May 20th, 2 PM with a Eulogy Service at 6 PM at Lima Family Erickson Memorial Chapel, 710 Willow St., San Jose. Funeral mass will be on Monday, May 21st, 11 AM at St. Christopher Catholic Church, 2278 Booksin Ave., San Jose.


  • Visitation Sunday, May 20, 2012
  • Prayer Service Sunday, May 20, 2012
  • Funeral Service Monday, May 21, 2012

Felix C. Amaro

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Tom Vance

June 4, 2012

To Dave and Art and your family - my deepest sympathies in the loss of your father. Wow, what can I say. Thanks for posting your photo series, that was so nice.I know I came across him in Gilroy or Morgan Hill when I read meters - though I didn't know him at the the time. He looks very familiar. I've met him. From where your father and mother came from to this day 2012, the world is a better place because of their hard work whether anybody knew it or not. Your father gets 5 Stars from me for being a WWII Veteran and especially a Tanker in Europe. Dave and Art, I've worked with you both, and you 2 must be just like your Father - because you both are really cool guys....and I bet your family is deeply saddened. Your father had a long life and we're all the better for it. Take Care Amaro Family - hold your heads high! Felix was someone to look up too.

Rebecca R. Roman

May 25, 2012

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. My condolences to the family. Remembering the Ramirez family visiting the Amaro family when we were children. I feel very honored to have known such a good family.
With Love,
Rebecca Ramirez Roman (Manuel and Vivian's daughter)

May 24, 2012

To the AMARO family sorry for your loss may GOD give you his love, peace, and strength in this time of sorrow. I want to thank him for serving his country to keep us SAFE AND FREE, he is a HERO to many. He has come along way to be what he was " a hard working man" who had a family and set his future. May he R.I.P -|-

Karen Mertz

May 22, 2012

To Dave and Family,
My deepest sympathy for you Dave and your family. My prayers and thoughts are with your family at these times. God bless to your family as time will heal.

Esther Antolin

May 21, 2012

To my cousin & uncle felix,
I know you are in good hands with my mom(pauline), grandma & grandpa. We will miss you but our love for family will always keep you in our hearts; all the music & laughter as well.
We will never forget the good times.
God has picked one of his best flowers to be one wonderful angel to watch over us.
He will always be here just like family they will be keeping an eye on us.

Love Always

Esther Antolin and Family.

May 18, 2012

I remember my precious Uncle Felix and my Aunt, large gatherings at their home, a good and happy time with family made my childhood very blessed and special with wonderful music, laughter, great food wow what more could I ask for. I thank God for you Uncle Felix, there will always be a special place in my heart for you and others who have passed on. I'll keep my cousins in prayer during this time of grief. Love You Alice (Gutierrez) Silva

Linda Amaro Alarcon Bishop

May 17, 2012

I remember most of you, my mom is Ruby Amaro from Salinas, my aunt was Pila. I was at the ranch w/Irene when you would come visit. Tia Belia was the sweetest, kindest of all. Felix too, always happy to see us. Well, my prayers are w/you, may God bless you in your time of sorrow. Your cousin Linda Bishop

Irene Gutierrez

May 17, 2012

To David, Lydia, Art, and Lori. I remember "Uncle" Felix & Belia coming over to the house in Salinas on Espinoza Road, to visit my mom (Paulina). Lori and I used to play for a bit, and Felix and Mom would get so animated when they talked about good times "back in the day" of their youth. I smile when I think of the visits to their house too. It was amazing, and I never forgot the smile on his face. My heart and prayers to out to all of you. God bless you all.


1930 His 2 best friends