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 Gusmaro Reyes

Gusmaro Reyes

Parlier, Fresno County, California, USA
Death 8 Mar 2016 (aged 96)
Burial Fresno, Fresno County, California, USA
Plot C-135-1
Memorial ID 161005143 · View Source
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Gusmaro Reyes passed away peacefully at home, with his children and wife, at the age of 96.

He is survived by his wife, eight children, 23 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and extended family and friends.

Gusmaro Reyes, a man of integrity, was born in Parlier, California. At a tender age of seven, his parents drove the family to Jalisco, Mexico, with the intentions of returning to California. Instead, Gusmaro grew up at Rancho de Las Animas in Santa Maria de Los Angeles, working tirelessly in growing corn, beans. Inspired to fight poverty, he learned to be a tailor and as a teen, he studied under a master tailor. By 1940, Gusmaro embarked to Mexico City to work as a tailor, earning no more than $2 a day.

In 1946, Gusmaro married Bernarda Puentes and journeyed back to the U.S., proving to immigration services that he was a United States citizen. The tailor found himself working for the Jack Harris Ranch, after working seasonal crops in the San Joaquin Valley. From 1948-1959, living in a train box-car, tents, and labor camps, Gusmaro clocked 24 hour days. By 1959, he worked in a Fresno raisin company and irrigation work and picking cotton at night by moonlight and the headlights of his 1953 Dodge pick-up.

Gusmaro often said, "you can work the fields or go to school." Raising eight children, he gave up his dream as a tailor. He dedicated his life to his children's educational success, yielding doctoral degrees earned by three children, a J.D., a Ph.D, and a M.D., two children earned B.A degrees and are public-school teachers; one earned a B.S. and worked in government/public affairs; one daughter worked as a university professional; and one son a construction superintendent.

Over his lifetime, civic and community involvement were essential to Gusmaro. He taught his children to be civic-minded and support families in need. In 1968, Gusmaro not only joined the United Farm Workers of America but registered all eight children as UFW members, as he joined the March 10, 1968 rally when U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy visited Cesar Chavez in Delano, California. Gusmaro's values were aligned with the values exhibited by the UFW. Gusmaro was also a proud 60-year member of AFL-CIO International Brotherhood of Teamster's Union, Local #431. He was also an active member of Calwa Community Service Organization, La Sociedad de Oro, and instilled in his family the importance of voting in every election.

Recognized for his personal sacrifices and dedication to higher education for his children, in 2009, Gusmaro was awarded the inaugural "Padres Heroes" award by Telemundo and Verizon Wireless.

Gusmaro loved listening to mariachis, singing and playing music, gardening and grafting trees, traveling, dancing, reading and journaling, and spending quality time with his family.

At 96, and almost 70 years of marriage, he remained a man of strong Catholic faith.

Visitation ad Rosary: Lisle Funeral Home

Mass: Saint John's Cathedral




  • Created by: Row Walker
  • Added: 13 Apr 2016
  • Find A Grave Memorial 161005143
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Gusmaro Reyes (11 Oct 1919–8 Mar 2016), Find A Grave Memorial no. 161005143, citing Saint Peters Cemetery, Fresno, Fresno County, California, USA ; Maintained by Row Walker (contributor 46489843) .