Alejandro Ortega, age 85, lived a long beautiful life, having immigrated to the United States from Mexico City, alongside his wife Maria of 63 years. They raised 5 children, Lupe (Elias), Alejandro Jr (Martha), Sal (Jana), Ale (Lupe), Art and 14 grandkids & 8 great grandkids. Alejandro resided in Santa Barbara and worked as a chef for many years at Harry’s Plaza & Joe’s Café, making a career change he went to work for the City of Santa Barbara at the SB Airport where he retired after 25 years of service. One of his early passions was cycling, having been a resilient professional cycler, he shared that joy with his children, he loved music and dancing so much such that he helped young musicians start local bands, most memorable “Los Juniors” in Santa Barbara of which he had fond memories. Alejandro was known as a quiet man who spoke softly and would lend a hand to anyone in need, he was a handyman who shared the gift of fixing anything that needed repair, adding to his hobbies of repairing TV’s and rewiring electrical circuits, his hands-on approach built structure to his home. Our family would like to thank SB Cottage MICU for their compassion and care of our father and Hospice of SB. He is survived by his wife Maria, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Valla con Dios Papa, until we meet again.
Services handled by Welch Rice-Haider, Rosary Thursday 1/18 at 7pm Our Lady of Guadalupe and Friday 1/19 Mass Services at 10AM Our Lady of Guadalupe followed by burial at Calvary Cemetery.