Jose Losoya Flores, 90, of Alpine went to be with the Lord on Saturday, July 8, 2017. He died at home, peacefully, surrounded by his family.
Jose was born December 27, 1926 to Natividad Losoya and Pedro Flores. Both of his parents were born in Alpine and part of the first Mexican-American pioneer families dating back to the late 1800s.
He lived all of his life in Alpine, and helped build Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church. At 18 years old, he served in the United States Army during World War II, and was always a very proud veteran.
Upon completion of his military service in 1946, he attended a trade school to obtain his auto body/mechanic certification to work on vehicles.
He moved back to Alpine and began his auto career at Casner Motors and Ford Motor Company. After gaining enough experience, he decided to open his own body shop called “Joe’s Body Shop,” which was one of the first Hispanic-owned business to be opened on the main street in Alpine. He had his business open for more than 30 years and was a well-known bodyman in the area.
After retiring, he continued to work on cars, which was his greatest passion, and helping others around town in his beloved Alpine. He enjoyed being with his family, friends, grandchildren, camping, and making the best memories with his unforgettable passion, jokes, and love.
“Joe,” “Chito,” “Matraka” was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, primo, friend, neighbor, and all around person. He was an honest, hard-working, loving, patient, and dedicated Catholic. He was always full of life and made the best of every moment with his positive attitude. He passed down many wonderful memories, lessons, and was a person we will always admire and miss every day of our lives. Until we meet again, we love you forever and always.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Aida Torres Flores; 7 children, Christina Gonzalez (Victor) of Chicago, Ruben Flores (Nora) of Austin, Sylvia Flores of Houston, Nelda Flores of Mansfield, Velma Valero (Joe), Joey Flores, and Lisa Short (Glenn), all of Alpine; 19 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Alicia Brito (Juan) of Alpine, and Corina Milan (Anastasio) of Crystal City; and a brother, Enrique Flores (Rosie) of Midland.
He is preceded in death by his parents, sisters Maria Silvas and Viola Hernandez of Fresno, California, and Esperanza De La O (Henry) of Alpine.
Celebration of Life Services for Jose were held the morning of Wednesday, July 12 at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, followed by a military burial service in Holy Angels Cemetery. Pallbearers were his grandsons, Ronnie, Randy, and Dennis Flores, Marcos Rodriguez, Victor Gonzalez, Johnathan Welsh, and Skyler Short. Honorary Pallbearers included his closest cousins, with whom he grew up with and took frequent vacations to Las Vegas with, Ruben, Abel, and Joe Losoya, Alfredo Espinosa, Manuel Espinosa, Henry Valenzuela, and his dear friend, Dennis Baca.
Alpine Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.