WATSONVILLE — Julio T. Morales died at Watsonville Community Hospital on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. He was 83.

Mr. Morales was born in Venice, Calif. to Cesario and Rosa Morales. He was raised in Castroville and often worked on his family’s strawberry farm. Mr. Morales married Amelia Jauregui and together they had eight children. He and Amelia moved to the Los Angeles area in the late 1950s, where he worked as a union laborer in the construction trades. He was also employed at McDonnell Douglas in Santa Monica as a machinist, working on various projects including the Apollo Space Program. He relocated to Watsonville and then later moved to Willits, where he lived for 30 years working on various construction projects, before retiring from Granite Rock.

Mr. Morales is survived by his children, Andrew Morales, Arthur Morales, Tony Morales, Rudy Morales and Sandra Snyder; his sister, Helen Arroyo; and 13 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Amelia; his sons, Trini and David; daughter, Josephine; and sister, Frances Vallejo.

Visitation will be held at Mehl’s Colonial Chapel on Tuesday, April 18 from 5-9 p.m. with the rosary recited at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Refuge Church in Castroville on Wednesday, April 19 at 11 a.m. The burial will follow the Mass at Castroville District Cemetery in Moss Landing.

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