Jesse met and married his first wife, Adelfa Perez in December 1959 and they lived in Sweetwater, where he was a general laborer. The family relocated to Three Rivers in 1964 where he managed a small grocery store. In 1972, the family moved to Battle Creek, Mich.
Surviving are sons: James (Cynthia Fritz) Moreno of Battle Creek, William Moreno of Battle Creek, daughters, Rita (Jim) Kerwin of Battle Creek, Rose (Mark)Vincent of Manassas, VA, son, Mario Moreno of Battle Creek, daughter, Julie Moreno of Battle Creek, daughter, Cynthia (Rob) Anderson of Grand Rapids, son, Edward Moreno (Jay Moore) of Battle Creek, daughter: Susanne (Jeff) Thurman of Battle Creek, daughter, Jennifer (Todd) Moreno-Patton of Marshall, and son, Jamon Anderson of Lexington, KY.
He was preceded in death by his father, Juan Moreno and mother, Rosa Moreno (Garcia) of Maricopa, Ariz., and brothers Juan Moreno, Daniel (Annie) Moreno and Ismael (Rosa) Moreno.
Funeral services were Monday, Jan. 16, 2012. Interment followed at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Jesse’s youngest son, Jamon, said this of his father’s legacy: “My father taught his children to treat everyone fairly, respectfully and with integrity regardless of color, culture, or race. He also encouraged us to strive for excellence through higher education. My father loved people.”
The Friends of Three Rivers issued the following statement: “Jesse also loved Three Rivers and its people. Even though Jesse lived thousands of miles away, he has been among the town’s most ardent supporters, speaking out against Garcia’s and the GI Forum’s accusations of alleged racism in Three Rivers. Jesse was a true friend of Three Rivers. He will be deeply and sorely missed.”