It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Armando Oronoz at the age of 67 on June 24th, 2023, following a courageous battle with cancer. Affectionately known as Mando, he was born on March 10, 1956, in Los Angeles, California, to Rudy and Esther Oronoz. Growing up in La Puente with his nine siblings, Mando and his brothers honed their skills alongside their father, who was a painter. Mando's vibrant personality made him a beloved figure during his time at Workman High School, where he was crowned the "Biggest Flirt", and left an enduring mark on his friends. Graduating in 1974, he dedicated his talents to his craft, and embarked on a successful career in painting.
In 1981, fate brought Mando the joy of meeting his beautiful wife, Jennifer, whom he married on September 27th, 1986. Together, they raised three remarkable children, David, Amanda, and Catherine, who inherited their father's endearing qualities of beauty, humor, and a strong work ethic. Mando was not only a devoted father, but a pillar of strength for his family, pouring his heart into his painting and construction career. His entrepreneurial spirit led him to establish Armando Oronoz Painting, a thriving company that he passionately owned and operated for over three decades. Numerous friends and clients were drawn to Mando's charisma and warm friendship which helped him create lasting bonds with all who had the pleasure of crossing his path.
Mando's zest for life manifested in his favorite hobbies, which included attending concerts, going to the beach and river, and sharing joyous moments filled with laughter and jokes with his family. Even during the last six years of his life, Mando faced his battle with cancer with remarkable resilience and displayed a determination that inspired everyone around him. His unwavering spirit allowed him to continue to fight diligently, spending precious moments with his loved ones. The birth of his two beautiful grandchildren, Lincoln Mando and Frankie David, brought immeasurable joy to his heart, fulfilling his role as a beloved and proud grandfather.
As the years went by, we were aware of the limited time we had with Mando, yet his strength never wavered. He defied the odds, refusing to let anything hinder his spirit. In his final weeks, he savored quality time with his family, finding comfort in their laughter and the melodies of his favorite music. Even then, he remained dedicated to his work, including a heartwarming act of love as his nephews and son gave him a final shave and haircut. Mando passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, in the comfort of his own home.
The words "Gone too soon" resonate with the tragedy of losing loved ones before we are ready to say goodbye. However, Mando will never be forgotten. He will forever remain in our hearts until the day we reunite with him in heaven. In his final days, Mando expressed visons of Hawaii and the pleasure of riding horses into the serene sunset. May he eternally find peace wherever his spirit roams, forever embarking on that paradisiacal journey.
Services to honor Mando's extraordinary life will take place at 2:30 pm at Forest Lawn, Covina Hills, California. Following the services, a reception will be held at the home of his son David in Upland, California. Mando was preceded in death by his father Rudy, mother Esther, brother Rudy, brother Michael, and sister Julie. He is survived by his loving wife Jenny, son David, daughter Amanda, daughter Catherine, and grandchildren Lincoln and Frankie.
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