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In Memory of

Bernardo Licon Tarango

August 20, 1920 - January 30, 2011

Obituary


In the song of life, Bernardo Licon Tarango was surely the composer. A very observant man who would rather spend his time creating than talking, Bernardo preferred to live in a world of harmony where everything around him made sense. In fact, he depended on his sensory world to provide him with concrete data. A free spirit, Bernardo believed that actions definitely spoke for themselves. He seemed to know what fit and what didn't fit in everything he did. Bernardo perceived that all of life's possibilities were open to him, yet he lived with a...

In the song of life, Bernardo Licon Tarango was surely the composer. A very observant man who would rather spend his time creating than talking, Bernardo preferred to live in a world of harmony where everything around him made sense. In fact, he depended on his sensory world to provide him with concrete data. A free spirit, Bernardo believed that actions definitely spoke for themselves. He seemed to know what fit and what didn't fit in everything he did. Bernardo perceived that all of life's possibilities were open to him, yet he lived with a definite sense of purpose. He was a man who was always ready to share his creations with those around him.

Bernardo was born on August 20, 1920 in Carlsbad, New Mexico. His parents were Jose and Maria Tarango. Bernardo was raised in Los Angeles, California. As a young child, Bernardo was optimistic in his outlook. He sought out the possibilities in a given situation and looked for ways to apply his creative energies. Bernardo rarely calling attention to himself, but when he did speak out, his message was clearly understood by those around him.

Early on in his family relationships, Bernardo showed that he was a tolerant and flexible person, and he got along fairly well with everyone. He was raised with six siblings. He had Henry, Tino, Robert, Joe, Mary and Ramona. He was a calm and playful child who was adaptable to any situation.

A person who was sensitive to others' feelings, modest and tolerant, Bernardo had the ability to become completely devoted to another when that affection was returned. On June 13, 1942, Bernardo exchanged wedding vows with his life partner Eleanor Abalos in Yuma, Arizona.

Bernardo was exceptionally sympathetic and compassionate when it came to his children. These emotional bonds made him as much playmate as parent. He gave his family unconditional love and kindness, sharing his artistic nature by turning everyday events into creative play. Bernardo was blessed with seven children, five sons, Bernard, John, Arthur, Ronald and Patrick and two daughters, Teresa and Sandra. They were also blessed with fifteen grandchildren, Valerie, Cynthia, John, Misty, Shawn, Tonya, Ryan, David, Jennifer, Heidi, Mark, Amber, Heather, Sarah and Matthew.

Bernardo found ways to enjoy what he did for a living. He worked hard and did his best to succeed every day. His primary occupation was traffic painter. He was employed for 30 years at Continental Can and 10 years at L A County. Bernardo tended to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done without imposing his will on others.

Bernardo was an Army veteran. He was in the Company L 110th Infantry Regiment 28th Division. Bernardo saw action for WWII Germany, former POW. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of Corporal. He received several awards recognizing his for him heroism including a Purple Heart. Bernardo's fellow soldiers saw him as a brother in arms and knew that he was as much a part of their family as their loved ones back home.

Because he loved the world around him, Bernardo enjoyed traveling and going away on vacations. It was an opportunity for him to kick back and relax, to visit new places and experience new things. Bernardo put his personal trademark on any leisure planning that he undertook. Favorite vacations included Hawaii.

Bernardo was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Bernardo's favorites was Macho, Chihuahua dog. They were best friends for 12 years.

When Bernardo's retirement finally arrived in 1985, he was well prepared. In retirement, he found new pleasure in traveling. Even in retirement, Bernardo continued to stay in touch with his old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. In these later chapters of his life, he became active in the community, feeling fulfilled with the opportunities retirement offered him and simply enjoying what he had worked so hard to attain.

Bernardo passed away on January 30, 2011 at Reche Canyon Rehab Center in Colton, California. He is survived by his children Arthur, Teresa, Patrick and Sandra and all his loving family. Services were held at Custer Christiansen Chapel in Covina, California. Bernardo was laid to rest in Resurrection Cemetery in Montebello, California.

Bernardo was a good man, a kind man, and a practical man who will for all time be remembered by his family and friends as being warm and deeply caring. He leaves behind him a treasury of life-long friendships and wonderful memories. Bernardo always had much to give and was able to make those connections in his life where his gifts were appreciated. Bernardo was a faithful, practical and loving person. Everyone whose life he touched will always remember Bernardo Licon Tarango.