Steve Morales was born on September 2, 1926
in San Narciso, Zambales, Philippines. His parents were Severo & Anacleta Apostle Morales. Dad passed peacefully on November 12, 2012 of natural causes. Like the soldier that he was, our beloved father was courageous and fought hard till the end. A testament to his fighting nature, Dad even beat the odds and overcame his prostate cancer in his 70s. He loved his family dearly and fought as long as possible, until he knew his FATHER was ready for him.
Steve is survived by his two sisters, Juanita Morales Delacruz and Erlinda Morales, both reside in Zambales, Philippines.
He is also survived by Irene Felarca Morales, his devoted wife of 57 years, his children and (15) grandchildren & great grandchildren. Below are the names of his loving family;
Son - Jimmy Morales and his children Franchesca and Steven.
Daughter - Jeannie Morales Lazo, her husband Nelson Lazo and their children, Erik, Anthony, Tatiana Jasmine, Malia and Jenny Marie with her children, Ryan and Isiah.
Daughter – Nanette Morales Pablo, her husband Robert Pablo and their children, Robbert, Cerene, Keli'i and Konrad.
Daughter – Leilani Morales, her Fiancee Mitchel Steinberg and their children Zachary and Gabrielle.
Daughter – Stephany Morales Szczepaniak, her husband Jeff and their son Chad.
Son – Michael Morales, his wife Catherine Dimagiba Morales and expecting their daughter Mia.
As a young teen, from 1942 to 1945, Steve served alongside his Uncle and cousin in the Philippine Guerilla Force. He served in the Mount Paiti Unit in the region of Zambales. Some of his duties in the Guerilla Force was monitoring the movement of the Japanese Imperial Forces and reporting back to his headquarters. Steve also helped in missions which consisted of hiding American pilots that were shot down by the Japanese. Even as a young boy, our father had the courage, discipline, fight and hard working ethic that characterized his entire life.
In 1946, Steve enlisted in the Navy. His Navy career started as a cook and over the years, because of his talents, he climbed the ranks to oversee the Officers' galley. My dad's exceptional skills were recognized by the Admirals who requested him to help prepare meals for special gatherings aboard President Truman's yacht. One of Dad's keepsakes was a special recognition letter from President Truman's office for exceptional service.
Steve served during WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He served on (15) different vessels during his Navy career and was awarded numerous commendations and medals which included: Asiatic Pacific Area medal, Victory medal, WWII medal, Korean Service medal, Korean Presidential Unit citation, United Nation medal, China Service medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign medal, Vietnam Service with 3 bronze stars medal, National Defense Service with bronze star medal, American Theatre Campaign medal and Navy Unit Commendation ribbon with 2 bronze stars. After 26 years of honorable service, Steve retired from the Navy with the rank of E6 Petty Officer First Class.
After his service in the Navy, our dad worked as a private chef and later certified a master mechanic. He worked as a mechanic into his 70s. He was also certified to work on all type of appliances. Our father could restore anything. Over his lifetime, many people were blessed by Steve's detailed, exceptional knowledge of a car's engine. He helped out so many people because of his love of working on cars and because he enjoyed helping others out. His hands' ability to work on cars was not to be out done with his having green thumbs. Dad's garden was literally a "jungle". He could be in the garden for hours. He was so proud of all his accomplishments in the vegetable garden. He could eat something, put the seed in the ground and in no time a seedling emerged. The fruit would be his gift after tending to it so lovingly. He always spoke of his huge sapote tree in the front yard. That 22 foot tree was simply a seed not too many years before. He loved the shade it gave and the fruit that was harvested from it.
Steve also single handedly ran the galleys on board tuna boats for over 10 years. Dad was a great cook. He was our family's original Top Chef. This solo position was extremely hard work and would keep dad away from the family for months at a time. Yet, another loving sacrifice that our father did for our family's welfare. Dad was the epitome of a loving provider. .
A beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather who will be with us in our memories and heart forever.
Please join us in celebrating Steve's life.
Viewings and Service to be held at; Glen Abbey, 3838 Bonita Rd, Bonita, CA 91902
Viewings will be held on Wed, Nov 21, 2012 @ 5pm to 9pm and Fri, Nov 23, 2012@ 5pm to 9pm
Funeral Service will be held on Sat, Nov 24 @ 1:30pm (Main chapel @ Glen Abbey)
Reception to follow: Tita's II Restaurant, 3421 East Plaza Blvd, National City, CA 91950