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Jorge  Zaragoza

Jorge Zaragoza

September 2, 1957 - September 4, 2019

Jorge Zaragoza, 62, was born on September 2, 1957 in Michoacán, Mexico, to parents Francisco Zaragoza & Isabel Ramirez, who gave him, the 5th eldest, and his 10 brothers and sisters a loving and humble, family-oriented foundation which he carried with him throughout his life. The Zaragoza family moved to Tijuana, MX and eventually Chula Vista, CA where Jorge lived until his unexpected passing on September 4, 2019. <br /> <br /> During his years in Tijuana, MX, Jorge attended the Escuela Secundaria #8. During his time away from school he enjoyed spending his childhood and early teen years riding around on his bike alongside friends. At one point, he self-proclaimed himself the 'Robin Hood' of his town, because he lifted bikes from the upper-class 'rich' kids, dismantled them, painted them and then pieced new bikes together for the less fortunate kids in his neighborhood. From a young man, Jorge was selfless and very giving. <br /> <br /> As a young adult, Jorge discovered his love for building. He began his construction career building staircases for new track homes. He eventually found his passion of building cabinets and making beautiful remodels to some of the nicest homes around San Diego, his work even being featured in San Diego Homes and Gardens magazine; He was always very proud of that. He was eventually promoted to shop foreman and continued his career by opening several iterations of his small business, the most recent and longest lasting, California Custom Cabinets. <br /> <br /> In 1983, he married Raquel Saldaña, who gave him his two girls, who were his world and always mentioned, were his greatest accomplishment; Lily and Vanesa. That is until the day he found out he was becoming a grandfather to Alyssa and most recently, to his boy, Adin. Although Jorge and Raquel decided to end their marriage after several years, they remained friends. <br /> <br /> After some time, Jorge found love again. For 20 years, he was married to Lucky Zaragoza. Together they shared a pup, Tiny. Jorge loved Tiny dearly, which was always funny, for a man who did not like dogs, or so he claimed. Lucky was the perfect addition to Jorge's blended family and provided a level of love and support to his daughters, comparable to his own. <br /> <br /> Jorge was a man of faith, although he did not attend church regularly, he always made sure to carry his mother's tradition of giving 'la bendición' to his daughters and loved ones before they left the house. He also, at one point, served as the bass guitar player for his church's band at Nuestra Señora de Monte Carmelo in San Ysidro. <br /> <br /> Jorge had several hobbies which included riding dirt bikes, cooking and music! From a young man, Jorge participated in several Baja dirt bike competitions, which gave him life, but almost scared the life out of his mother, Isabel, several times. When it comes to cooking, he considered himself a master chef! He loved watching Chef Emeril's show and other cooking programs and enjoyed making recipes his own. The entire family loved when he cooked. <br /> <br /> From his hobbies, his favorite past time always involved music. As a young man, he was in a band, where he played the bass guitar and at times the electric guitar. Jorge held a vast musical palette. On any given day he would be playing music by The Eagles, The Beatles, Queen, Earth, Wind & Fire, Donna Summer, Roberta Flack, Carlos Santana, Paul McCartney (as a solo artist), Los Bukis, Maná, Café Tacuba, Enanitos Verdes and so much more! Jorge was musically inclined and kept his bass and electric guitars, and at one point, an electric keyboard, plugged in and ready to go, so he could play along some of his favorite records. He could sit for hours on end, playing and singing along. His daughters believe that their creative and musical proclivity was passed down and inspired from their dad's love of music. <br /> <br /> Jorge was a homebody at his core, which at times drove his loved ones crazy, but was also a hardworking, family-oriented, caring, generous and loving man who was loved dearly. He is survived by his wife Lucky, his daughters, Lily and Vanesa. His grandchildren, Alyssa and Adin. His godson, Michael. His brothers and sisters, Arturo, Carlos, Betty, Tony, Alma, Rigo & Oscar. And of course, a host of nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Jorge was loved by many and will be missed by all.

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Greenwood Memorial Park & Mortuary

4300 Imperial Avenue, San Diego, CA

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