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Jose de Jesus Esparza, 80, entered into rest surrounded by his loving family on April 26, 2021. He was born to the late Mariano and Juanita Esparza in Tepatitlan de Morelos Jalisco, Mexico. In heaven, he joins his parents as well as his siblings Salvador and Mercedes that preceded him in death. Jose leaves behind his lovely wife of 49 years, Maria Engracia Esparza of Manteca, his children Oscar Esparza and wife Amy of Manteca, Sonia Carrera and husband Francisco of Manteca and Sandra Szarka and husband Donovan of Hercules. Jose was blessed with 7 grandchildren, Lexy, Diego, Mateo, Bianca, Camila, Dean and Cole. In addition, he is survived by seven siblings. Cuca, Josefina, Lupe, Carmela, Luz, Margarita and Lino. Jose was a Manteca resident for 40 years. He arrived to this country in 1957 as a teenager. In 1972 he returned to Mexico for his Maria. Then, they would both decide to pursue the “American Dream” and call California home. They would live for a short period in the Bay Area where Jose did what many young immigrants would do; taking any and all jobs he could get his hands on from agricultural jobs to operating a street sweeper. Jose was never afraid of hard work, often holding more than one job at a time. Eventually Jose, following family tradition, began his own journey as a restaurant owner and did that until the late 90’s. When Jose was not working, he found peace spending time outdoors going to lakes and rivers. Jose’s back yard was his haven where he would plant sunflowers every year because they are his wife’s favorite. Jose’s perfect day was resting under a shady tree with his guitar next to a river. To Jose, that was glory. A kind man, an honest man, a humble man is how Jose was described by his family. He was selfless. Always giving to others and never expecting anything in return. A heart of gold. Jose loved the simple pleasures in life, his riches were not measured by material items but by the love he gave away. Lovingly called “El Tio Guero”, he was the pillar in his family. He was the favorite for many reasons, but mostly for his unconditional love and grace. Jose did accomplish his dreams and much more, but his most admired accomplishment was that of being a hard working husband, loving father, grandpa, brother, uncle and friend. He will be deeply missed.
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