James Torrecillas

Obituary of James Torrecillas

Jim passed away peacefully in his home in the living arms of his devoted wife of 68 years.

From the age of four he began a lifetime of hardwork and service for his family, community and church. His childhood and teen years were offered working besides his parents and siblings toiling in the fruit fields of Steinbeck's San Joaquin Valley. Later Jim would pursue his lifelong-to-retirement work as an Ironworker Supervisor at SteelFab. Proud union member of Local 377. Exchanging his work boots for combat ones Jim honored the call to serve his country in the Korean War igniting an interest in studying the histories of warfare. Jim remained a flag saluting patriot to the end.

In his early adult years community service focused on active participating in various groups: Fiestas Patrias, UFW, MAPA, and the American Legion.

As a member of the LDS Church Jim's sense of service took to higher ground as he was called to serve in various positions from BSA Scoutmaster to decades as a Counselor in the Bishopric. For 45 years Jim enjoyed joining ward members volunteering wherever needed from weekly welfare projects (cannery, mending roofs, moving furniture, etc.) to visiting the hospitalized, elderly or those in need of comfort and support. As a Bishop Jim exemplified service to others by willing offering his time, strength and resources. Jim never shirked from the call to serve his family, community and church. Jim is survived by his devoted wife of 68 years, Gloria; daughters, Elva, Nancy, Darci, and Gina; Son-in-Laws Alan, Peter, Ben; Grandchildren Joshua, Nahum, Sarah; Great-grandchildren Ben and Hayden Paige. Many loving Nieces and Nephews, Caring Friends. Jim was preceded in death by his dear daughter Julie. Funeral services will be the LDS Church at 255 Holm Rd., Watsonville, on Friday, July 16th at 11:00 am. Interment will be at Pajaro Valley Memorial, 127 Hecker Pass Road, Watsonville, on Friday, July 16th at 2:00 pm.

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