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Joe Aguinaga Jr.

Date of Birth

December 12, 1955

Date of Death

July 21, 2019

Joe Aguinaga Jr. of Santa Barbara went to be with the Lord July 21, 2019 with the love of his life Mary by his side. With courage and strength Joe fought a long battle with cancer. His beloved wife Mary and her family provided dedicated care giving to see him through his terrible illness.

Joe was born Dec. 12, 1955 in Los Angeles, Ca. His parents Joe Sr. and Pauline Aguinaga raised him in the San Fernando Valley. He later moved to Simi Valley and was a long time employee of So. Calif. Gas Co. He was a supervising mechanic for their fleet of vehicles. In 1997 Joe met the love of his life Mary Cota. They married Sept. 11, 1999.

Joe loved being outdoors. Some of his favorites were camping, yard work and walking his dog Peanut. He enjoyed music and creating wood projects especially with his nephew Ryan. Joe could fix most anything and create beautiful pieces from wood. He also enjoyed sending special E-mails to his nieces Kimi and Janelle to make them laugh.

Joe will be missed by his wife Mary Cota-Aguinaga, mother Pauline Aguinaga, sister Debbie Acosta, sister-in-law Pat (Joe) Saenz, sister-in-law Rosetta (Rick) Wong, nieces Kimi Wong, Janelle Wong, nephew Ryan Wong, brother-in-law Andy (Elicia) Cota, nephews Anthony Cota, Patrick Cota and niece Mariah Cota. Especially his dog Peanut.

A rosary was held in his honor July 29th and a mass July 30th at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church. Arrangements were entrusted by Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapel. Donations can be made to Serenity House, Santa Barbara.

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