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In Memory of

Armando Patrick Vasquez

September 10, 1931 - January 5, 2018

Obituary


Armando Patrick Vasquez (1931-2018) passed away peacefully in San Diego at the age of 86.





Armando attended Bandini Elementary School in San Diego, St. Boniface Indian School in Banning, CA, and St. Augustine High School in San Diego. He graduated from in 1950.





After high school, Armando joined the Marines in January, 1951, and served in Korean as an infantryman.





Armando fought in some of the Korean war’s major battles along the 38th Parallel and in 1952 he was wounded in action...

Armando Patrick Vasquez (1931-2018) passed away peacefully in San Diego at the age of 86.





Armando attended Bandini Elementary School in San Diego, St. Boniface Indian School in Banning, CA, and St. Augustine High School in San Diego. He graduated from in 1950.





After high school, Armando joined the Marines in January, 1951, and served in Korean as an infantryman.





Armando fought in some of the Korean war’s major battles along the 38th Parallel and in 1952 he was wounded in action in Kajon-ni. After recovering from his wounds, he continued serving in the Marines until 1954. He left active duty as a corporal and spent an additional two years in the Marine Reserves.





Armando received the Purple Heart, Good Conduct medal, National Defense Service medal, Korean Service medal with one star, and the United Nations Service medal.





After leaving the Marines, Armando entered the seminary and received training as a Jesuit Brother in both San Francisco and later Ohio. After graduating from seminary, Brother Armando worked at the Catholic Church’s Christian Brothers Winery in Napa Valley.





After a decade producing wine at Christian Brothers, Armando left the winery to serve the public directly in Santa Barbara. Armando ministered and volunteered in the communities surrounding Santa Barbara and his activities included being the volunteer chaplain for VFW 1649 in Santa Barbara, the American Legion Post 56, he was active in the Knights of Columbus Council 5300, and volunteered at the Mission Santa Barbara, along with many other affiliations.





In his younger days, Armando developed lifelong friendships with children from the Pala Reservation in San Diego County and would return there annually to volunteer at the Mission’s annual fiesta, as well as for other events.





Armando, after a lifetime of devotion to his church and tireless dedication to his country, family, and community, passed away quietly in his sleep.





Armando Patrick Vasquez is survived by brother Robert of Sacramento, and his sisters Ninfa “Connie” Alonzo and Hope “Espie” Buelna of San Diego, many nieces and nephews, and grand nieces and nephews; for whom he was an outstanding role model.





A viewing and rosary service will be held for Armando at the Cypress View Mortuary on Thursday, January 18, 2018, starting at 4:00 p.m. A Catholic Mass and funeral service with military honors will be held on Friday, January 19, 2018, at 12:30 p.m. at Holy Cross Cemetery in San Diego.