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Jose Mercy Camarena

September 24, 1942 ~ December 4, 2018 (age 76)

Jose Mercy “Joe” Camarena, 76, of Porterville passed away with family by his side on December 4th, 2018. Joe was born and raised in Porterville where he attended school and graduated from Porterville High School in 1961. Visitation will be held on Sunday December 16th from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM and Rosary will be at 6:00 PM at Porterville Funeral and Cremation Center. Monday December 17th at 9:00 AM a mass of Christian burial will be held at Saint Anne’s Church. Interment will be held at Hillcrest Memorial Park. Joe is preceded in death by his parents Cresenciano and Romana Camarena of Porterville, brothers Paul and Ralph Camarena, and sisters Mary, Narcissa Camarena, and Lupe Rodrigues of Manteca. Joe is survived by his brother Ignacio and his wife Lydia Camarena; sister, Juanita Yorba of Porterville; Wife Mary Camarena; sons Gabriel and his wife Camille Camarena, Dayton and Nathaniel Camarena; daughters Merce Camarena, and Kim and her husband Marcus Melton; grandchildren, Cara, Sara, Myra, Paul, Vanessa, Alyssa, Gabriel, Andrea, Chris, Jackie, Valerie, Jaylon, Alexis, and Carlee; Great-Grandchildren, Tristen, Jace, Andrew, Aubrey, Joy, Logan, and Kameron. Joe was a loving, dedicated, hard working man. He lived to support his family and he committed himself to help others in anyway possible. Joe enjoyed playing his guitar and piano, listening to his Oldie but goodie songs, and working on home projects, especially out in his yard. Joe had encountered many new friends and had made an impressionable impact towards those whom he encountered through his years working at Porterville State Hospital, Lindsay Olive Plant, Wal-Mart Distribution, Porterville Shelter Workshop, and as a Real-Estate Broker. Joe’s infectious smile, witty humor, and nostalgic storytelling will be missed by his children. His grandchildren who called him “Papa Joe” now have a champion guardian angel looking over them. Joe will be missed by all who were fortunate to know him. He was a strong and optimistic man through the end. He is now in the arms of his heavenly father. He’ll be gone but never forgotten.

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