Herman Fogata, Jr.

Date of Birth

September 29, 1924

Date of Death

August 26, 2023

City of Death

Seal Beach, CA

Herman Fogata, a dedicated and compassionate individual, peacefully passed away in Seal Beach, CA on August 26, 2023, at the age of 98. Born on September 29, 1924, in Socorro, Texas, Herman had a remarkable life filled with achievements and contributions to his community.

After completing his primary education at Our Lady of Guadalupe and graduating from Santa Barbara High School, Herman pursued higher education at Berkeley. Herman proudly served his country by joining the Navy and served as a Signalman, Second Class.

Following his military service, Herman embarked on a career dedicated to professional service and civil leadership. For over two decades, he served as the Executive Director of the East Los Angeles Regional Center. Herman also worked in government, spearheading community action projects and advocating for the rights of the disadvantaged and disabled. He played a pivotal role in organizing the first Spanish-Speaking conference to support parents with disabled children. Additionally, Herman shared his knowledge and expertise as a professor of Social Work at USC.

Herman’s thirst for knowledge was insatiable, and he was recognized as an avid reader and continuous learner. He could often be found engrossed in research, studying, and sharing his wisdom with others. Music, literature, and working on his computer outdoors were among his favorite pastimes.

Herman’s personal life was marked by love and family. He was married to Esther Carralejo until her passing in 2002. Together, they raised three daughters: Denita Greene, Veronica Aquino, and Deborah Whitlow. Herman’s memory will live on through his daughters, Denita and Deborah, who will forever cherish the values he instilled in them.

In his later years, Herman relocated to Leisure World, where he resided with his daughter Deborah and son-in-law Kelly. There, he embraced an active lifestyle, visiting the gym daily, attending concerts, engaging in discussions with neighbors, and working on his autobiography. Herman’s enthusiasm for life and his vibrant presence will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Herman Fogata is survived by his loving daughters, Denita Greene and Deborah Whitlow. He leaves behind a legacy of love, kindness, and a profound commitment to making a difference in the lives of others. In addition to his daughters, Herman is survived by his grandchildren: Zack Greene, Patrick Aquino, Katrina Wanemacher, Alanah Aquino, and Jackson Whitlow. He also leaves behind great-grandchildren: Layla Wanemacher, Payton Wanemacher, and Thea Wanemacher.

Herman Fogata’s passing is mourned by his family, friends, and the community he served with unwavering dedication. His contributions to society and his commitment to the well-being of others will forever be remembered and cherished.


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