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John Ortega
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John C. Ortega, 90, died on Friday, May 3.

He was born in Midvale, Utah to Joe and Sesaria Ortega.

An American hero, he served in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper during World War II.

Mr. Ortega was a man’s man, working the mines in Idaho and Butte, Montana. For the last 45 years, he mastered the art of masonry.

Although his trade brought him much success, his family always came first. His loving and devoted wife Effie always stood by him through life’s challenges, including his courageous battle with cancer. She was also his best friend and they enjoyed 44 beautiful years of marriage.

He will be remembered for being honest, hardworking, caring, and generous to a fault. His brand of integrity was unique in today’s world. He was a loving husband, father, brother, friend, and could strike up a conversation with just about anyone. He will be truly missed but his spirit of love and generosity will live on through the memories of his many friends and family.

Survivors include his wife, Effie Ortega; children, Barbara, Judy, Stacy, Johnny (Terry); sisters, Tevi Klatter, Mary Gaiten, Lola Allen, Rosie Wall, Angie Naigle; brothers, Robert and Jess Ortega; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Chenta Ramirez, Josie Cowan, Lupe Macias; and brother, Tony Ortega.

The Oakdale (Calif.) Leader

May 15, 2013