Dec. 22, 1927 - Sep. 9, 2017
89, El Centro
Rafael A. Luera, 89 of El Centro, CA passed away of natural causes on Saturday, September 9, 2017.
Mr. Rafael Luera was born December 22, 1927 in Aqua Calientes, MX. He met his future wife Jessie, in San Fernando, CA and moved to Calexico, CA in 1962 where they raised their eight children. They later moved to Las Vegas, NV, where they owned and operated a landscaping business for 15 years. The couple returned to the Valley in 1998.
Mr. Luera established his own small landscaping company named Luera Landscaping in Las Vegas, NV in the year 1982.
Mr. Luera and his wife were proud and active members of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in El Centro. They selflessly gave their time and energy in raising funds for the church and supporting it whenever possible.
He especially enjoyed and supported his sons by coaching little league and was a life long Los Angeles Dodgers fan. His passion for the game was the reason that he got into coaching. He and his wife enjoyed dancing, travelling and spending time with family and friends. His beloved partner passed away in 2000, and they are now reunited in eternal peace.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Jessie Luera; sons, Armando and Eduardo Luera; granddaughter, Franchesca Valencia and son-in-law Jim Harris.
He is survived by his daughters, Mary Harris, Isabel Valencia-Luera, Jessie (Jose) De Los Santos; sons, Ralph Luera, Joe (Maria) Luera, Rigo (Meyslim) Luera; 17 grandchildren and 27 great- grandchildren.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 from 6 to 9 p.m. with rosary at 7 p.m., at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in El Centro, CA. Service will be held on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 8 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in El Centro, CA. Burial will immediately follow at Mountain View Cemetery in Calexico, CA.