Emilio A. Gomez was born in Artesia, California May 21st, 1934 to Benito Gomez and Sabina Alfaro. He was the middle of their five children. He was raised in Southern California and attended Excelsior High School.
He joined the Army in 1957. The Army added the middle initial of "A" to his name and he continued to use it the rest of his life. While still in the army he met Maria Trinidad Garcia Ramirez. They were married August 3rd, 1962. His cousin Salvador Gomez acted as his best man and Salvador's wife Pauline was maid of honor - being the only guests at the elopement.
In November of 1962 Emilio was honorably discharged from the Army. They quickly started their family. Having their first son Richard Robert Gomez, known as Ric, the following June. Emilio worked to support his growing family, which would include three more sons: Andres Jesus Gomez, known as Andy, Juan Manuel Gomez, known as John, and Mario Emilio Gomez. He went on to earn a welding certification from the Modern Welding Trade School of California in 1967. He moved his family to Newman, California when he was hired as a welder. He later retired as a welder from the Foster Farms plant.
On August 13th, 1977, Emilio and his family were baptized members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A year later they were sealed as an eternal family in the Oakland Temple. He served in various calling for the church including counselor in the branch presidency, home teacher and ward missionary. After retirement, Emilio and Trini helped various family members. They moved to where they were needed, eventually settling in Wickenburg, Arizona.
Emilio suffered from the slow-moving thief of dementia. First it robbed him of his memories, then it took his health. He passed away at his home on December 2nd, 2020.
He was preceded in death by his parents Benito Gomez and Sabina Alfaro. His siblings: brothers Benny, Richard- a casualty of the Korean War, and Eleodro know as Leo, Sister Leonila known as Lena and half-sister Marianna Gomez Bobtail Bear, his son Ric, Grandson Mosiah, and grandnephew- who he cared for as a son, Rene.
He is survived by his wife, Trinidad, half-sisters Marianna, Maria and Cecilia, sons and daughters-in-law Rubi, Andy, John, Elizabeth, Mario and Laura, his grandchildren, Iman, Alexiz, Ric Jr, Zachary, Eric, Waylon, Alyxandra, Bailey, Ricardo, Michael, Jacob, and great-grandchildren Aubrey, Lorenzo, Emilio and Viggo.
Emilio Gomez was a loving father to four, a father figure to many. A beloved husband, son, and brother. A caring grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be greatly missed.