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Salvador "Big Sal" Joseph Barragan

September 25, 1943 October 30, 2019
Salvador "Big Sal" Joseph Barragan
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Salvador “Big Sal” Joseph Barragan
September 25, 1943 – October 30, 2019

Salvador Joseph Barragan, 76, passed away on October 30, 2019 in Rosemead, CA. Born on September 25, 1943 in Los Angeles, CA, Salvador was born to his parents, Carlos & Carmen (Macias) Barragan. He met his wife, Virginia Ceniceros while attending San Fernando High School and they were married on April 25, 1964 at Santa Rosa Catholic Church in San Fernando, CA. Together they had two children, Salvador Joseph Barragan & Yvonne Virginia Barragan. He was a faithful man who loved God and his family and will be missed by all who knew him.

Growing up in San Fernando, Salvador was one of eight siblings. With such a full household, Salvador began to distinguish himself at a young age with his interest in music. He took a particular liking to playing the Saxophone. He played the Saxophone in the marching band at his high school, San Fernando High School. As he became more accomplished in his love for music he went on to be the Conga player for his brother’s group, Hector Barragan and The Arrangements. He also played the back-up Saxophone for the group.

Salvador was a carpenter by trade and was very good working with his hands. He also worked very closely in carpentry with his brothers doing mostly private jobs. He was also a very faithful & devoted man in his faith. For some time he was very involved at Mary Immaculate Catholic Church in Pacoima, CA. He also taught his kids how to pray the rosary, passing along a very important tradition to his children. He loved to cook for his family, “Breakfast” was his specialty; he was always volunteering in his community or at his church; and one of his most incredible traits was that he had a “memory like an elephant.”

Salvador is survived by his wife, Virginia; his children, Salvador (Carol) Barragan Jr. & Yvonne (Vincent) Ortiz; his grandchildren, Candice (Luke), Jennifer (Arnol), Albert, Vincent (Lacey) & Ryan; and his great-grandchildren, Luke, Emily, Noah, Everett, & Dawn Noelle arriving in December 2019.

A viewing will take place 6pm - 8pm on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at White Emerson Mortuary and a Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, November 13th, 2019 at 10:30am at St. Bruno’s Catholic Church, Whittier. A private interment will take place at Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, Rowland Heights at a later date.

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6:00 PM 11/12/2019 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 11/12/2019 8:00:00 PM
White Emerson Mortuary

13304 Philadelphia Street
Whittier, CA 90601

White Emerson Mortuary
13304 Philadelphia Street Whittier 90601 CA
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10:30 AM 11/13/2019 10:30:00 AM
St. Bruno Catholic Church

15740 Citrustree Rd.
Whittier, CA 90603

St. Bruno Catholic Church
15740 Citrustree Rd. Whittier 90603 CA
United States

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