Posted on June 19, 2021
| 3:25 p.m.
Valentin Frausto Reyes
Valentine Frausto Reyes “Val” passed away peacefully surrounded by her loved ones at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. He received his angel wings on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 5:23 p.m.
Valentine was a decorated veteran who served during the occupation of Germany after World War II and then served in the Korean War alongside his closest friend Joe Ortiz. He was honorably released on July 25, 1956.
Valentine was born on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1927 in Oplin, Texas, to her parents Francisco and Ascencion Reyes. As a teenager, he grew up in Goleta, where he met the love of his life at 18.
Before marrying Joséphine Figueroa, he decided to do his military service and was first stationed at Fort Ord in California, before traveling to Germany during the Occupation after WWII, then to South Korea for the Korean conflict.
He returned to Josephine after her honorable release from the United States Army and began his family life with his one and only love, in his hometown of Goleta. Together, they successfully raised five children: Daniel Louis Brino, Delia Lynne Chavez, Valerie Marie Reyes, Valentine Reyes Jr. and Elizabeth Reyes.
Valentine is survived by six grandchildren: Cherie Marie Chavez, Jose Chavez, Jr., Elizabeth Marie Echevarria, Daniel Echevarria, Amanda Jewel Garza and Sophia Rose Garza. He also has four great-grandchildren: Robert Matthew Cuevas, 10; Siena Lynne Chavez, 7 years old; Sevi John Chavez, 5; and Sadie Kristina Chavez, 2.
Valentine Reyes is predeceased by her eldest son Daniel Louis Brino, who was a US Army veteran in Vietnam.
After Valentine Reyes returned from the Korean War, he worked at the Goleta Lemon Association for 38 years and retired as a foreman. He loved his job there and was admired and appreciated by his colleagues.
When not working he was a devoted father, taking his children on vacations, especially camping. He loved the outdoors and wildlife. Valentine Reyes was an animal lover and cherished her many dogs and birds. He is predeceased by Skippy, Lova, Bandit, Rocky, Aliska, Scooter, Lisette, Anais and more, all of whom have lived long, healthy and very happy lives.
Val was passionate about sports and loved all kinds of sports, especially baseball. He liked crosswords and math problems. He collected travel brochures and it was his dream to someday travel around the world. In fact, from the icebergs of Alaska to the great castles of Germany, he’s been fortunate enough to see much of this world.
He spread love and joy everywhere he went, and in return, he will be sorely missed.
May he continue to roam the world like an angel …
Valentine Frausto Reyes, your family loves you!
Services will be held at 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday, June 23 at Santa Barbara Cemetery, 901 Channel Drive.