Luis Manuel Moreno (1947-2017)

Luis Manuel Moreno peacefully passed during a nap and returned Home to enjoy his eternal glory on Thursday, September 14, 2017.

He was a devoted family man who religiously handed his entire paycheck to his wife and children every week in order to make it possible for them to excel and succeed.

Luis was born in Valle de Santiago, Guanajuato, México on August 30, 1947, and had recently celebrated his 70th birthday together with his entire family.

At the tender age of nine, he was approached after singing along in church and was invited to join a local popular music group called Los Bambis. At 11 years old, he went with the group to Mexico City and recorded their first song. One year later, Los Bambis recorded a song that would be heard on the radio throughout the country. By the age of 17, he was singing to a national television audience having met and performed on the same stage as some of Mexico’s musical legends.

His eyes always sparkled as he spoke of these years. As his local popularity grew, so did his curiosity for the workings of automobiles, and after graduating from primary school, he dedicated his days to learning the trade, as his nights were spent serenading love interests of men who would contract him to sing romantic boleros outside of windows.

He married the love of his life on February 22, 1970, followed by the birth of his two sons in ‘71 and ‘72. A tragic accident resulted in the closing of his auto repair shop and he decided to follow his father to “El Norte” to become a self-made man.

After struggling for a year in Tijuana, Baja California, he came to northern California in early 1974, and started to work in the charming agricultural town of Colusa, where his father had worked for decades, and where his two daughters would be born in late ’74 and ‘81. After working for local farmers for a few years, he began laying the foundation for the future of his family and found himself as the head mechanic of Comet Rice in Maxwell, where he happily maintained and performed complete tear-downs and rebuilds of all company vehicles including light and heavy-duty equipment for over 25 years.

He faced every obstacle that came with honor and dignity, leaving a legacy of strength and poise.

He is survived by: his beloved wife of 47 years, Dolores, his sons, Jesus and Luis Manuel Jr., his beautiful daughters, Lupe and Patti, along with his nine grandchildren.

Viewing will be Thursday, September 21, 2017 at McNary Moore Funeral Home in Colusa from 5 PM to 8 PM with a Rosary service at 7 PM.

Mass and Burial will be held Friday, September 22, 2017 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Colusa at 11:30 AM followed with a procession to Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colusa.

Arrangements are under the direction of McNary-Moore Funeral Service FD-410