A memorial celebrating the life of Efren was held at the Senior Center / Veterans’ Hall in Boonville last Saturday afternoon. About eighty people showed up for this very moving and poignant occasion, with approximately half of those in attendance coming from the non-Hispanic community. Perhaps Efren is the only person in the Valley for whom such an evenly mixed community gathering would have been held, with many of those in attendance summing up, in their eulogies, the very significant and wide-ranging contributions Efren made to the whole community.
He achieved numerous things in his time here and no doubt has been an inspiration to a large number of people who come to this country in search of a better life. Through his work with Sueno Latino, the Knights of Columbus, St Elizabeth’s Church, the Health Center, the Adult School, and no doubt other Valley groups and organizations, he had a positive effect on the lives of countless Valley folks. Many of us can learn from his dedication and hard work for others.
I enjoyed just being around him and his positive outlook on life. He always made my visits to the Barn Sale so enjoyable with his big smile and warm greeting, not to mention the excellent burger he would serve up! Wherever he is, I send him my very best wishes and a hope that he is surrounded by some of his beautiful roses and continuing to listen to the Beatles as he enjoys some delicious Birria de Chivo.
My interview with Efren was in July 2010 and is featured in the ‘List of Interviews’ under ‘E’.
The interview with former Philo Postmaster, Joe Dresch, will now appear on Thursday, Oct 11th