Edward Puentes Caballero
Edward Puentes Caballero, our loved and respected native of Santa Barbara, passed away peacefully on March 19, 2016. Eddy was born on February 4, 1924, the eldest son of Edward and Senona Caballero. His childhood memories include growing up surrounded by a large family that always gathered for celebrations especially at the Old Spanish Days.
Eddy Caballero was an honored World War II veteran and served his country from 1943 to 1946 in the U.S. Army, 736 Tank Battalion. On D-Day, June 6, 1944, Eddy participated in the landing at Omaha Beach, Normandy, the largest seaborne invasion in history. His military service continued throughout Europe.
Thank you, Eddy, for your service.
After the war, Eddy returned to his hometown of Santa Barbara to be reunited with his family. Later, he began doing what he always wanted to do: tree and landscaping work, and he operated his successful business in our community for 36 years.
The annual Fiesta celebration in Santa Barbara was a great time for Eddy. Every year, he would build the Caballero family float for the Fiesta parade and plan a Fiesta party, because he liked making people happy.
Eddy was a “natural born dancer” and made dancing with Ana Juarez Vallejo, his beloved companion and partner, a joy to watch. It was for him a special effort to learn the art of Flamenco. Performing in shows at El Paseo, Paseo Nuevo, the Moose Lodge, and private parties was his delight.
Over the years, Eddy has written over 400 noteworthy short stories as a hobby on a variety of topics including his faith and his military service.
Eddy was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Senona; brothers Gilbert, Gerald, Ruben and Richard; and sisters Mary and Helen.
He is survived by his sister Barbara; and brothers James, Mark, Daniel, and sister Marcia of Edward and Maria Caballero.
Eddy will be remembered for his strong faith and his love for his family and hometown of Santa Barbara. He will be missed by all who knew him.
A celebration of Eddy’s life will be held on Friday, May 13, 2016, at 3:00 p.m., at Santa Barbara Cemetery, 901 Channel Drive. A reception will immediately follow. For information, call (805) 895-2973.
Donations may be made to the Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation (805) 259-4394.