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 Ismael Llamas

Ismael Llamas

San Isidro, Mazapil Municipality, Zacatecas, Mexico
Death 11 Jul 1987 (aged 83)
Susanville, Lassen County, California, USA
Burial Johnstonville, Lassen County, California, USA
Plot Plot A-1, row T, grave 1
Memorial ID 15044535 · View Source
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Ismael was the son of Jose Aureliano Llamas and Maria Luisa Llamas. He married Irene Gonzoles.

As a teenager, Isamel worked in the sugar cane plant in his neighboring village of San Miguel. At the age of 18, he decided to improve his lot in life by leaving his mother country to obtain employment in the Red River Logging Company sawmill in Westwood, CA. He entered the United States at the El Paso, TX Port of Entry. He was supported by a personal reference from the Apozol municipal president, which stated the following:

"Ismael Llamas is a native and resident of this municipality and a person of honor, a worker with a very good history and without ties of any kind and without obligation to anyone he has known. As a result, he is undertaking a journey, bound for the United States to the north to seek his fortune. For consideration, it is requested of all authorities of civil and military to grant all guaranties to the said man and his person and interests." Apozol, August 15, 1925.

Isamel was a carpenter of great talent. When he wasn't working in the sawmill, he purchased old homes and rebuilt them to rent out to the workers and their families. One of those families was that of Irene Gonzales, whom he fell in love with and married. Theirs was a great love story.

They were blessed with four successful children: Raul, a Chief Warrant oficer in the US Army and later a manager at Lockheed-Martin Aerospace Co.; Emilio, owner of "Steamers," a restaurant bar in South Lake Tahoe, CA and CEO of Mama Llamas Salsa Food Products; Irene, elected Lassen County, California Auditor-Controller, Susanville, CA; and Joe, a SAP Computer Software Advisor for Shell Oil Co., Houston, TX.

In 1956, the Red River Company sold out to the Fruit Growers Supply Company, and moved to Susanville, so the Llamas family had their house moved to that town, and Isamel worked as a lever man at the mill.

After retirement, Ismael was busy with his yard of beautiful flowers and also mowed the Fruit Growers property for extra income.

He was greatly loved by his family and much respected by the community. He posessed a wonderful sense of humor and was kind to all who were fortunate enough to know him.

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  • Created by: Judy Llamas
  • Added: 26 Jul 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 15044535
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Ismael Llamas (28 Jun 1904–11 Jul 1987), Find A Grave Memorial no. 15044535, citing Diamond Crest Cemetery, Johnstonville, Lassen County, California, USA ; Maintained by Judy Llamas (contributor 46854247) .