Grandpa & Grandma [ circa 1955 ]
My grandpa was born in Apulco, Jalisco, Mexico on April 5th, 1930. He was married to my wonderful grandma, Nancy Lee, for 52 years. Together they had 7 children... 17 grandchildren (soon to be 18)... and 1 great-grandchild (soon to be 2). He was an accomplished painter and sculptor, as well as earned a degree in Chemical Engineering, and a PhD in Education. He attended Princeton, Berkley, and UW-Milwaukee. My grandpa was an avid soccer fan and player for many, many years. He was involved in several organizations, such as the Chemical Society of Guadalajara and the Mexican-American Cultural Institute for the state of Jalisco. My grandpa was a devout Catholic and taught our family the importance of faith. He loved his chili peppers, and on occassion, would dare a new-comer to try his hottest chili pepper to see if they could handle it!
Some of my fondest memories with my grandpa are from when I was younger; Trips to the Dollar Store, Woodmans, and the P.O. Box. Our nightly walks around the neighborhood and through the nearby park trails. I do have to admit that I was a little scared of him at one point in my life, he was pretty intimidating to a 5 year old... especially the time he gave my cousin Sophia and I a $1.00 bill and told us to share it. He saaaaid to share it, so we did - we cut the dollar bill in half. (We were 4, 5 years old!) He was not too happy about that. More recent memories include games of Scrabble, our Mexican fiestas, watching Mexico soccer games on television, and making hot-sauce runs to the Mexican grocery store down the street. He helped me find a good car, as well as helped me with the downpayment! He was always willing to help me in any way that he could, which usually meant a good conversation, full of wisdom and excellent advice. My grandpa = The Greatest.
G & G
I am very close to both my grandma and grandpa, and I thank them both for everything they have done for me, as well as taught me. I've learned so much from my grandparents, that I know I would not be the person that I am today, if it wasn't for them.
Grandpa and I
Rest In Peace, Grandpa