Jose Felix De La Torre

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Felix De La Torre, passed away peacefully on March 27, 2023 in Marysville, California. Felix was a resident of Weed, California for nearly 45 years before relocating to Wheatland, California, to be closer to his children and grandchildren.

Felix was born July 29, 1939, in Jalostotitlan, Jalisco, Mexico to Maria de la Luz Martin and Nicolas De La Torre. The second eldest and first son of his seven siblings, Felix was raised on a dairy ranch where the daily demands would limit his exposure to a formal education and instead, forge within him, a fierce work ethic that would ultimately shape and define his life.

Felix met and married Romana Ramirez in 1960. The young couple would migrate to Weed, California determined to access the "American Dream" for their future family. Even with limited schooling, Felix intuitively knew that the United States public school system was the path to a better quality of life for his children.

Their first son, Guadalupe (Lupe) was born in October 1963, followed by Jose Felix (Felix) born eleven months later in September 1964. Felix and Romana welcomed two more children, Aldo in February of 1968 and their first daughter, Ruth in June of 1974.

These four children, their health and happiness, their education, and their future financial security would prove to be Felix's core mission in life - and ultimately, his greatest achievement. With Romana running the household, working at Weed Elementary School, and raising four very active children, Felix would spend the next 38 years of his life working in the plywood and lumber industry to help his children succeed while sacrificing his own dreams and aspirations. However, he would eventually enroll at College of the Siskiyous and earn his Millwright Certification - one of his most fulfilling and rewarding accomplishments. The other, becoming a Citizen of the United States at the age of 78.

Uncomfortable with idle or leisure time, Felix often worked graveyard shifts, double shifts, weekends, and holidays to provide for his family. But, Felix never missed a a graduation ceremony. Even on his rare days off, he'd spend time working on the house on Shasta Avenue or up in the woods cutting, splitting, and loading firewood into his old truck for the long Weed winters. Felix, however, did find time to watch his favorite baseball team, the San Francisco Giants, on television.

A quiet, humble, and serious man, Felix always pursued a simple and modest quality of life. Never one impressed by fancy cars, clothing, expensive jewelry, excessive homes, or other luxuries, he believed in living within one's means - debt was unthinkable. A self-made, historian and political scientist, Felix became an avid reader and fan of modern politics and economics.

More importantly for Felix, he (and Romana) changed the trajectory of their children's and grandchildren's lives through their sacrifices by encouraging and providing for their children's college education, allowing them to secure professional career opportunities that varied significantly from the manual, physically demanding work of the lumber mill.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Romana De La Torre. His children: Guadalupe "Xavier" De La Torre, Jose "Felix" De La Torre, Aldo De La Torre (Darci), and Ruth Mackwood (Brian). His grandchildren: Meaghan Cullum (Jon), Natalie De La Torre, Noah Scott, Alexa De La Torre, Sydney Scott, Ava De La Torre, Amaya De La Torre, Mia Mackwood, Ella De La Torre, Olivia De La Torre, Karina Mackwood, Lucas De La Torre, and Dominic De La Torre. His great grandchildren: Henry Cullum, Hamilton Cullum, Waylon Cullum, and Malcolm Cullum.

A service will be held on April 21, 2023 at St. Joseph Church in Lincoln, California at 11:30 a.m. with a rosary preceding the funeral at 11:00 a.m. It can be viewed online on the funeral home's website

Posted online on April 13, 2023

Published in Mount Shasta Herald