Jose Rosales was born in Aguascalientes, Mexico, on March 19, 1950. He was one of nine children. He moved to Mexico City in his teens to follow his dream of becoming a public accountant. There, he met his future wife, Leah, and came to Laguna Beach in 1971 where they were married and began a life together.
Over the following 30 years, he worked exclusively in Laguna as a painter and renovator, refurbishing homes with his personal sense of style and exceptional pride of workmanship.
During this time, he was divorced and remarried Laura Zamora in 1992.
In March of 2015, he traveled to Aguascalientes for the services of his older sister who had died from a stroke. While there, he celebrated his 65th birthday, one of the happiest days of his life surrounded by his siblings and family. Three days later, he suffered a massive heart attack and died.
He loved his family in Laguna and made many trips to Mexico to see his siblings and parents. He loved music and chatting with friends at local Laguna restaurants. Most of Laguna would see him as he walked around Laguna by foot.
Rosales is survived by his wife, Laura Zamora; and his sons, Gabriel and Neftali, all of Dana Point; and by his daughter, Yanira Zamora Pich, of Long Beach. He will be sorely missed by his family and all his Laguna friends of many years.
Services for Rosales will be held at the Laguna Presbyterian Church at 415 Forest Ave., Laguna Beach on Saturday, April 25, at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Jose’s name to: The Laguna Beach Canyon Club at www.canyonclub.org
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