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Luis Enrique Segarra

Retired from Livermore Lab

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POSTED October 7, 2009 2:24 a.m.
Luis Enrique Segarra, 83, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, October 4, 2009. He was born in Guayanilla, Puerto Rico on August 8, 1926 to the late Juan & Maria Segarra; he was one of twelve children. A US Army veteran, he retired from Lawrence Livermore National Lab in 1987. After retirement he lived in Florida for 7 years and then spent the next 10 years enjoying the “snow-bird” lifestyle; living half the year on the East Coast with his grandson Bart and the other half here on the West Coast. His final 3 years were spent in Ripon with his daughter.  

At the age of 17, not long after his mother passed away, Luis migrated to the states with his stepfather. After spending 3 days in Florida, surviving solely on apples, they begin their extensive train ride to California. Once exploring the states; his ambition took him back to the east coast. While visiting his cousin in New York they would attend church together; through those heavenly doors is where he would meet the love of his life, Sarah Maria Figueroa and from that very moment he knew she was his Puerto Rican Princess. On November 20, 1948 she became his one and only, the love they shared was inspiring to everyone. They found love in the house of God and the Lord they loved. Together they devoted their time to missionary work, volunteering at local food banks or anywhere that help was needed. Before Sarah’s passing in 1999 they shared 50 years of marriage, even after her passing his love for her was never ending. He continued to follow the Lord’s word and worship at the Calvary Temple in Modesto.

Luis was a wonderful fun loving man; a devoted husband, father, grandfather. He had an awesome personality and loved pulling pranks and telling jokes. He enjoyed his video games, Dr. Mario being his favorite, watching the Price is Right, traveling and the great outdoors. He also liked camping, fishing and tending to his garden; he’d often grow his own veggies and flowers, especially roses. An avid sports fan he loved the horse races and cheering on the L.A. Dodgers and Rams.

Mr. Segarra leaves behind his treasured family, daughters Gloria Smith of Lathrop and Nelly Segarra of Ripon; grandchildren, Bart Dobbs and wife Kathryn, Rich Villafaña and wife Deanna, Troy Smith, Sarah O’Neill, Robert Bloxham and wife Jennifer, Ryan Smith and wife Jessica; 12 great-grandchildren; 9 siblings and numerous nieces and nephews. He was adored by his family and will be missed dearly. They will forever cherish their memoires and remember his famous everlasting question, “We go eat?”

Arrangements are being handled by PL Fry & Son Funeral Home, 290 North Union Road. A visitation will be held on Thursday, October 8, from 1 to 5 p.m. at PL Fry. Funeral services will follow on Friday, October 9, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. Mr. Segarra will be laid to rest with his wife at East Union Cemetery. An online guest book is available at www.plfryandson.com for condolences.       
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009
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