July 30, 1961 - June 05, 2020


Jose J. Moreno

Jose J. Moreno “Chuy” 1961-2020. Jose J. Moreno passed away on Friday June 5th in his home from complications from a long battle against mesothelioma. He was surrounded by his family. Chuy was born to Juan Moreno Martinez and Ana Maria Negrete on July 30, 1961 in Tizapan El Alto, Jalisco, Mexico. The eldest of 10 siblings, he was the foundation of success to many of his brothers and sisters. He spent his formative years in Mexico City where he found his innate talent and love for all sports. His first love being soccer, which he actively played until his early 40’s. When his family relocated to Guadalajara, he met his best friend, life partner, confidant, and wife Maria Toscano. They married on February 4, 1989. In the summer of 1995, Chuy moved to California after the financial crash of the Mexican economy. His family followed suit the summer of 1996. Chuy remained in Livermore until his passing. To call him selfless would be an understatement. Chuy gave everything of himself to provide for his family. He had the opportunity to become a professional soccer player to his dream team and gave it up to help support his siblings and parents. Chuy was devoted to his family. When he married, he also took on the responsibility of being a father to Hugo (age 6) and Aldo (age 4), from Maria’s previous marriage. His love and patience shone in many occasions when the boys, who were confused and perhaps a little spoiled, had trouble adjusting to his new role in the family. When Maria went back to school in Mexico, Chuy took on the role of cook and caregiver to the boys, by then three of them. His best dishes included over-salted eggs, quesadillas, and coffee with spoiled milk. After moving to the United States alone to support his family, Chuy learned to work in the construction field. He was always willing to help, never asking for anything in return. Chuy reprised his roles of cook and caregiver once more when Maria resumed her studies in the United States. His cooking got better too! Nothing exemplifies Chuy better than his love for his family and travel. The man loved vacationing with his family at every opportunity. Some of the most memorable trips include a road trip from Guadalajara to Cancun, many trips to Las Vegas, a Disneyland trip where he got really dizzy and nearly lost his lunch on a Star Wars sim, a trip to Hawaii thanks to Ulises prowess in soccer, and his final trip to Texas. In particular, he loved Christmas because it meant he could spend even more time with his loved ones. Chuy was a shining example of what it meant to be a devoted husband, a loving father, an amazing friend, and an easy-going person. He will forever be remembered as the calm voice of patience, with an unrivaled love for Pozole and homemade corn tortillas, a questionable fashion sense (thank you Maria for helping him see reason!), a work ethic that outmatched his pay rate, and a burning desire to help and provide for his family. His wish was for his family to stay together, care and love one another, and not to argue over silly things especially money. He is survived by his wife Maria Toscano, and his sons Ulises, Hugo, and Aldo. A visitation, funeral mass, and committal were held on Wednesday June 17, 2020.

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