Roman Gastelum

Roman Gastelum

Saturday, December 15th, 1934 - Sunday, October 13th, 2019
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Roman Gastelum: December 15, 1934-October 13, 2019.

Roman Gastelum of Escondido, CA was born in San Diego, CA on December, 15, 1934; and passed away peacefully on October 13, 2019, following a sudden illness.

Roman was a master musician and played the guitar beautifully.
His happiness came from spending time with his family, showing love to his grandchildren and teaching his Yaqui heritage to the younger generations in the family.

He will be deeply missed by all who knew his loving and generous spirit. Roman is survived by his children Roman Gastelum Jr., Andrea Carraso, Angelo Gastelum, Valentina Bednarski and Julian Gastelum; his sister Norma MacDonald; many grandchildren and great grand children, as well as many beloved nieces and nephews.

Roman was preceded in death by his parents Julian and Clementina Gastelum; and siblings Julian Gastelum, Paul Gastelum, Larry Gastelum, John Gastelum, Virginia Jaquez, Mary Walker, Rosa Lopez, and Esther Gastelum.

A Celebration of Life will be held on October 18, 2019, at 12-4pm at 1213 8th St. Imperial Beach, CA.
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Posted at 11:14am
I knew Roman. He encouraged me in every aspect of my life. We were residents of what he said was a "horse and buggy town." The common thread in our relationship was the art of Jazz guitar, although there were certainly many other threads in our friendship. We didn't always see eye to eye on my things but with most lasting friendships we just let things go. I learned so much about the history of Jazz and boleros from Roman. He had a certain way of playing beautiful music way that just floored me. We always addressed each other as "sai" which means brother in our ancestors' dialect. I met him while we were still very young and he had just started a new family there in Escondido. I hadn't talked with him since 2017 but thought about him often which caused me to google his name and discovered his passing. We'll see you on the other side "chito " and I hope your goat is waiting for you too. Have the guitars ready when I show up to the gig!

Tina Reyes

Posted at 06:00am
Spending time with you at your home, you sharing stories with us about your childhood, always making us laugh you were a fun Uncle, I will always cherish the memories of My Uncle Roman "Threee Days Tina" You got 50 cent" OH Rosie" I miss you and Love you Uncle Forever & Always.

Carmen Serrano

Posted at 10:24am
Just to sit and talk with you Uncle Roman was so special to me. I had so much respect for you. Your voice and your “Whistle” will stay in my heart.

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