Juanito Sison Lunasco
Juanito Sison Lunasco
  • January 27, 1933 - January 24, 2017
  • San Diego, California

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Juan Sison Lunasco was born to Bruno Lunasco and Gabina Sison on January 27, 1933, in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines, a tranquil coastal town facing the South China Sea. His parents called him “Juanito”, which became his legal name. Juanito was unfortunately orphaned at a very young age. His older sister Remedios Lunasco Codinera, ?became? ?his? ?guardian and assumed care of young Juanito. Early in his childhood, Juanito and his sister left the coast of Vigan and journeyed to the mountain village of Baguio, in the province of Benguet.

Most of his childhood and adolescent years were spent in Baguio, the summer capital of the country. His primary education was at Pacdal Elementary School from 1941-1947.

Juanito entered high school at the Baguio City High School in 1951. Following high school, he attended the Baguio Technical and Commercial College from 1957-1959. Juanito would spend his free time working at Baguio Country Club, Baguio City, as a Caddy Master in charge of the golf shop. He would also give golf lessons too.

Juanito joined the United States Navy at the age of 33 yrs old. On August 6, 1962 he began basic training at the United States Naval Training Center, San Diego, California, in Company 62-274. At the end of graduation, Juanito received the Outstanding Recruit Award. As a single man in the Navy, he had the opportunity to visit many places, such as Italy, Turkey, Jordan and the Mediterranean Sea.

In 1969, Juanito or Johnny, as he was called, met the woman he would spend the rest of his life with - Beatriz Agne. She was waiting at the same Greyhound bus bound for Cincinnati, Ohio as he was. With his persistence and charm, Juanito asked Beatriz if she would like to have a drink while waiting for their bus. Startled that a complete stranger would be so straightforward, she replied “I don’t drink”. But Juanito simply replied “Orange juice?” Juanito’s persistence, dry humor and charm captivated Beatriz’s heart.

October 18, 1969, they were married at the Holy Trinity Church in Chicago, Illinois. While stationed in Key West, Florida, Beatriz gave birth to their first child, a daughter they named Rachel on August 22, 1970. Fifteen months later, on November 29, 1971, their second child was born, their son John.

Juanito would take his family wherever he was stationed - Florida, Tennessee, Texas, Hawaii and his old home, the Philippines. While on his last tour of duty in Hawaii, he had decided to settle his family in Ontario, California. After 22 years in the US NAVY, Juanito retired in 1994.

His son John married Charlene on Feb 4, 1995. They welcomed Juanito’s first grandchild Jeremy Matthew in 1991, followed by Chelsea Marie in 1995, and Jordan Jonathan in 1998. On October 25, 1997 his daughter Rachel married Arthur Santos. They have two children, Arthur Jonathan (named for his two grandfathers, Arturo and Juanito) in 2004 and Raelyn Grace born in 2005. His grandchildren are all equally precious to him. Juanito was a quiet man of few words, always humble in his ways. HIs grandchildren loved his funny sense of humor. But most importantly they will miss his big presence in their lives. Grandpa always knew how to make each one of them feel very special. Juanito is survived by his 2 children, Rachel in San Diego, John in Apple Valley and his 5 grandchildren. He will be greatly missed!