Manuel Teran Obituary

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Manuel Valenzuela Teran

December 23, 1925 - August 22, 2010
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Manuel V Teran Manuel Valenzuela Teran was born in Delano, California on December 23, 1925, the oldest child of Ignacio & Jesus Teran. Sister Lily and brother Keeney predeceased him, and he has one living sibling, Dulia. Manuel spent his early childhood in Brawley, California before his family moved to Boyle Heights in East Los Angeles. His father passed away when Manuel was 12 years old, so as the oldest child, he quit school in order to help support the family. Growing up in East L.A., he became part of the Zoot Suit culture prior to World War II. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy a couple of months after Pearl Harbor, and...
Manuel V Teran

Manuel Valenzuela Teran was born in Delano, California on December 23, 1925, the oldest child of Ignacio & Jesus Teran. Sister Lily and brother Keeney predeceased him, and he has one living sibling, Dulia.

Manuel spent his early childhood in Brawley, California before his family moved to Boyle Heights in East Los Angeles. His father passed away when Manuel was 12 years old, so as the oldest child, he quit school in order to help support the family.

Growing up in East L.A., he became part of the Zoot Suit culture prior to World War II. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy a couple of months after Pearl Harbor, and served the duration of the War, and was discharged in 1946. During the war, he saw action at Leyte Gulf in the Philippines and also at Okinawa.

While on military leave in early 1946, he met his future wife, Lupe Villagran, while riding a trolley car in Los Angeles. They started dating shortly thereafter, and were married on July 3, 1948.

They had ten children, six sons and four daughters. In chronological order, they are: Manuel, Raymond, Daniel, Michael, Vivian, Anita, Linda, Mark, Lydia and Gabriel. They also had 14 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren, with 1 more great-grandchild on the way.

As one can imagine, providing for a large family can be quite costly. At times, Manuel would work several jobs at once in order to provide for his family. During the course of his working life, he worked as a carpenter, a milk-man, a truck driver, and a butcher.

Our parents moved the growing family to Pico Rivera in 1955. They raised the family in two different homes in that city, and lived there until 2006.

Manuel Valenzuela Teran passed away on Sunday, August 22, 2010 @ 3:14 P.M.

He will be remembered as a husband, a father and a provider. Most of all, he will be remembered as our Pop.

Luyben Family Dilday-Mottell Mortuary (562) 425-6401

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