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Beth Allen

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The Family of Jesse de la Cruz Perez, has invited the Patriot Guard Riders to attend the Military
Honors of their loved one as he makes his final journey. It is our honor to do so.

Jesse was born February 20, 1932 and peacefully passed away at home surrounded by his Family January 7, 2021. Jesse was the third youngest among his nine siblings, born on February 20, 1932 to Luz and Manuel Perez.

After graduating from Thermal Union High School in 1958 (now Coachella Valley High School), Jesse went on to serve in the U.S. Army from October 27, 1958 through February 25, 1960 as
a member of the 2nd Battalion, 31st Field Artillery in Fort Sill, Oklahoma and received an Honorable Discharge as a Private First Class. He was awarded medals for Rifle Sharpshooter and Good Conduct.

Upon his return from his military duty, Jesse attended Los Angeles Trade Technical College where he received a certificate degree in Automotive Collision Repair. He would serve as an auto metal man in the industry for 40 years, most of which with Keystone Ford in Norwalk and Puente Hills Toyota.

In 1961, Jesse Perez met the love of his life, Adelina Mary Perez. They spent their first date together dancing the night away and the rest was history. A year later in 1962 they were married and since then, lived in Pico Rivera, Placentia, Chino Hills and eventually Riverside raising their children and spending 58 years together. They have a son Christopher, and four daughters Lorraine, Elizabeth, Irene and Lynda; who then blessed them with nine beautiful grandchildren: Samantha, Kasey, Jesse, Jenna, Stephanie, Michael, Sadie, Bryan and Michael. Jesse’s favorite thing to do was spend time with his grandkids, always making them laugh.

Even at the age of 85, Jesse was always on the move, from DIY projects around the house, tending to his many plants and, with his family, visiting nearly every restaurant in Riverside, San Bernardino and Orange counties. Like many, he was at his happiest when he discovered new places, whether it was a hole-in-the-wall restaurant, a new casino or an out-of-state baseball field. Jesse loved experiencing new places and vacations with his family.

NOTE: This mission posting is to facilitate your voluntary participation in honoring this Military Veteran. For those interested, and all PGR members are welcome, we will be accompanying the Hero and his family from the church to the cemetery, approx 21 miles, please see the time table below.

NOTE: COVID-19 restrictions apply, masks/face coverings required/6 ft distancing required.

Time Table for Wednesday, 24 February 2021:

1100 - Stage at St. Matthews Catholic Church, 2140 W. Ontario Ave., Corona, CA 92882

1120 - Mission Briefing

1145 - Flag line as our Hero is moved from the church to awaiting vehicle

1155 - KSU to Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Boulevard, Riverside, CA 92518

1240 - ETA arrival at Riverside National Cemetery

1255 - KSU to assigned shelter for Flag Line, Service and Military Honors

R/C Brenda “Pebbles” Bixler
So Cal PGR Ride Captain

You do not have to be a Veteran or a motorcycle rider to attend this mission. All PGR members are welcome. We encourage those who do not ride to attend in your car. If this will be your first mession go to the initial staging area and you will be briefed by the Rid Captain (R/C). Dress for motorcycle riding or dress casually if you are driving a cage (car). Please feel free to attend any portion of this mission you can. Please ride/drive safely.

Please remember that our mission is to stand tall and silent, and with honor and respect for our Heroes. No talking, smoking, or cell phone use during the flag line or service. Please keep radios off and engine noise to a minimum. Observe the 15 MPH speed limit when driving at RNC. Remember, cemeteries are hallowed ground. Show respect to all who are there, not just the ones we are honoring.
Beth Allen
Sr. Administrator
So Cal PGR Mission Ops
So Cal PGR Asst. State Captain