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Peter (Pete) J.  Rojas
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At 90 years young, Peter J. Rojas (Pete) of Santa Maria, CA passed away on June 14, 2018.

Pete was born August 1, 1927 and grew up in Sisquoc, CA where he attended Blochman Elementary School under the excellent teaching of Mrs. Bina Fuller. He was always proud to be a part of the school's historical, “Blochman City”.

At the age of 17, he went to work for a rock and sand aggregate company. Within a few months Pete enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served as a mail-man 3rd class while stationed overseas. After returning from the service in 1946, he worked for the SP Milling Company only to reenlist in the navy when the Korean American War began. After the war ended, he returned to work for SP. Even though he held several on-the-job positions, he was most comfortable behind the wheel in his concrete mixer and truck-n-trailer. In 1993 he retired from the company with a 47-year commemoration plaque, and fond memories “socializing” after work under The Pepper Tree at the Garey Store.

Pete was hard working on the job and home where he displayed thorough skills with carpentry, landscaping, plumbing, electricity and auto-maintenance. His sharp mind enabled him to quickly add numbers in his head faster than others could calculate with paper/pencil. He liked to clown around, like the time he made his family laugh hilariously when he ran around the backyard as fast as he could while making the sounds of a horse, stopping to click his heels, and then running backwards.

In his spare time, Pete enjoyed camping, fishing, BBQ-ing, playing the slots, gardening and keeping up with his Dodgers whenever possible.

Peter is survived by his wife of 63 years Eleanor Rojas. He is also survived by his daughter, Christina Armstrong (Scott) of Dewey, Arizona, sons, Thomas J. Rojas of Santa Maria, Robert C. Rojas of Los Angeles, Peter T. Rojas of Santa Barbara, grandsons Daniel J. Del Rio, Joshua Rojas, and several nephews and nieces.

Visitation will be held Thursday, June 21, 2018 from 5 to 8 pm at the Chapel of Dudley-Hoffman with Rosary at 6 pm, and funeral service on Friday, June 22, 2018 at 10:00 am at St. Mary's Assumption Catholic Church in Santa Maria.


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