1940 – 2021
Vicente Herrera, a proud, long-term resident of Carpinteria, surrendered to our Lord on December 16, 2021 at 81 years old.
Vicente was born on June 6, 1940 in Gomez Palacio, Durango, Mexico, the second of ten children. In 1954, the family moved to Tijuana, Baja California, in search of better opportunities. He took on odd jobs such as shining shoes, selling newspapers and delivering water to help support his family. He went on to work at various stores, including La Canada, Centro Popular and Panificadora Modelo.
In 1957, he met the love of his life, Maria “Chuy” Herrera. They married in January 1960, and settled in Carpinteria, spending 61 wonderful years together. They were blessed with five children: Manuel, Vincent, Betty, Rosie and Gerardo.
Vicente joined the Santa Barbara Lemon Association (the “packing house”) in September 1961. Known for his character, integrity and strong work ethic, he was soon promoted to Plant Superintendent. His employment ended when the packing house was destroyed during a fire in August 1978. He next enrolled at Santa Barbara City College, where he earned a certification in electronics. He joined Essex Electronics in February 1980 where he remained employed until his early retirement in December 2006.
Vicente was a man of great faith. You could find him in the back pew of St. Joseph’s Catholic church every Saturday evening. His family was the most important and meaningful part of his life, and he considered himself rich with life’s blessings. He had many lifelong friends and never missed an opportunity to help someone in need. He was an avid supporter of futbol soccer and managed the Guadalajara Soccer Team for many years, spending most Sundays at Dwight Murphy Field in Santa Barbara. He enjoyed barbequing for family and friends and was a master at grilling tri tip.
Vicente is preceded in death by his son, Vincent Herrera; brother, Jose “Pepe” Herrera; sister, Magdalena Gonzales; and parents, Vicente and Maria de la Luz Herrera. He is survived by his wife, Maria “Chuy” Herrera; children, Manuel Herrera (Michele), Betty Herrera, Rosie Herrera (Mike) and Gerardo Herrera (Rosa); grandchildren, Adam Herrera (Rosana), Alix Quiroga (Ryan), Amanda Herrera, Briana Sanchez, Bryan Herrera (Cecellia), Belen Herrera, Alina Herrera and Adriel Herrera; great-grandchildren, Aiden, Mason and Cristian Herrera, and Luciana and Nico Quiroga.
We were blessed and honored to have him in our lives. He led his life with faith, love, loyalty and kindness. He leaves us with many wonderful memories and an abundance of family values and traditions.
Vicente’s life and memories will be celebrated with a Rosary at St. Joseph’s Chapel in Carpinteria on Friday, Jan. 7 at 6 pm; a Funeral Mass at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on Saturday, Jan. 8 at 11:30 a.m.; followed by the burial at Carpinteria Cemetery and a celebration of life at Lions Park.
Arrangements are entrusted to Pueblo del Rey Funeral Services.