Luis Jose Cordova of Torrance passed away peacefully at his home at the age of 82 the evening of July 4, while fireworks displays began in celebration of his beloved country's independence. Born in Kansas City, Missouri on August 30, 1926, Luis moved to Mexico with his family as a young child. He returned to the United States in his early 20s and began residing in the South Bay in the late 1940s. Luis had a great passion for running, having taken up the sport when he was 58 years old, following the birth of his first grandchild. He ran four marathons at the age of 68. He also ran numerous 5K, 10K and half marathon races, winning many awards for his age group. Although receiving limited formal schooling himself, Mr. Cordova continually sought new knowledge and information. He valued education and was very proud that his three sons graduated from college, earning a total of seven college and post-graduate degrees. April 1st was an important day for Luis. This was the day he married his loving wife Ysabel (Chavela). It was also the day that he began his 28 year tenure working at Harvey Aluminum in Torrance, as well as his retirement day. Luis took great pride in beautifying his home. He was an avid gardener, caring for his many flowers and fruit trees. His efforts were recognized with an award from the City of Torrance. The Cordovas also created their own holiday displays, including a large wooden train and thousands of lights, which delighted numerous families over the years. Luis was a member of Steelworkers Local 6900. Mr. and Mrs. Cordova were among the founding parishioners of St. Lawrence Martyr Catholic Church. Luis is survived by his wife of 58 years, Ysabel; sons Arturo, Ricardo, and Carlos; and their spouses, Valerie, Jane, and Beth, all of whom he dearly loved. He is also survived by his niece, nephews, and grandchildren. A gathering of family & friends will be held at McCormick Redondo Beach Chapel on Wednesday, July 8, 2009 from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. with a Vigil service at 7:00 P.M. The funeral Mass will be held at St. Lawrence Martyr Church on Thursday, July 9, 2009 10:00 A.M. A reception will follow at St. Lawrence Martyr Church's Convent Building from 11:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M. Burial will be private. Please use this website, to send the family messages, share memories, or to obtain directions to the services.

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  1. Thank you for always opening your heart and home to us. We love you Louie and will miss you. Leonard, Teresa, Hanna and Di Kirkorian

  2. Chavela, Arturo, Ricardo & Carlos and respective families: I was so sorry to hear of your loss. Luis was very loved by all but always remember he is at peace now in the hands of our Lord. I am sorry I did not get to see him during my recent visit. Chavela, please know that I am available to take you anywhere you need to go. Just let me know (phone 310-530-3396). I will keep you and your beautiful family in my prayers. I will see all of you at the services. Candy Millan

  3. We will miss Luis so much! He was such a dear man and cherished member of our family! The video tribute is beautiful and a wonderful testament for all of you. Thank you for sharing the family photos, ocean video and music, we love you all! The Bremers, Cris, Joe, Maria and Juliana

  4. Dearest Aunt Chavela, Arturo, Ricardo, Carlos and family,…. My deepest sympathy, love and prayers are with you. The video of Uncle Luis is so beautiful and brings back happy memories of visits with my grandmother. Uncle Luis was a special, kind and handsome man. He will be greatly missed but always in our thoughts. Peace, Love and Blessings to you all. Kelly and family xoxoxoxo

  5. Enjoyed viewing your father/grandfather’s video of life and reading his acompishments. What a good-looking man. May you have all those wonderful memories to share year after year. Peace be with you. Gloria, Clerk to Judge Ricardo Cordova.

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