Mario Antonio Moramarco died Nov. 14, 2014 in Temecula. He was born April 9, 1929 in Los Angeles to Joseph and Lucia Moramarco. One of eight children, he grew up helping his father and older brothers on the family farm and vineyards.
Mario graduated from Cathedral High School in 1948. After a stint in the Navy, he married Nancy Radcliff on Thanksgiving, Nov. 22, 1951. They ended up settling in Whittier, in 1955, and having 10 children.
There he built a workshop for all his tools (he could fix or build just about anything), a playhouse with a second story clubhouse and a tree house for the kids. He also had room for the garden he planted every spring, growing zucchini, Italian cucumbers, tomatoes, etc. He took his family on weeklong camping trips every summer, usually to King’s Canyon National Park.
Mario worked hard to support his family and give his children a Catholic school education. He worked as a warehouse manager, then as a truck driver before being recruited by his brother John in 1974 to help manage vineyards in what was then Rancho California.
He moved his family to Rainbow in June 1975, to a home surrounded by avocado and tangelo trees, with space for a garden too. He worked at Bell Vineyards, and then became the vineyard manager at Mt. Palomar Winery and Vineyards in 1978, retiring in 1994.
He was a farmer at heart but had to give up his garden when his health began to fail six years ago. He was eventually diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. He was the best husband, father, and grandfather that he could be and is missed very much.
He is survived by Nancy, his wife of almost 63 years; children Joe (Linda) of Tombstone, Ariz., Doug and Bill of Rainbow, Rick (Denise) of Fallbrook, Pete (Anna) of Prescott Valley, Ariz., Lucette and Suzanne of Fallbrook, Patrick of Vista, Traci (Clay) Brittain of Fallbrook, and Pauli (Brad) Ervin of Lakewood, Colo.; grandchildren Marriana; Heather, Dawn, Thomas and Sean; Michelle, Ed, Ben and Mario; Jake, Lindsey and Peyton; Trevor, Melodie and Steven; six great-grandchildren; brothers John (Bev) and Frank; sister-in-law Marie Moramarco; and 12 nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his brothers Mike and Nick; sisters Theresa, Rose and Pauline; and granddaughter Ame Ervin.
A Memorial Mass will be held Friday, Nov. 21, 1 p.m., at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 525 W. Vista Way, with reception to follow at Ciao’s Italian Restaurant, 2015 E. Vista Way, Vista. Burial will take place Monday, Nov. 24, 10 a.m., at Eternal Hills Cemetery in Oceanside.
Donations may be made in Mario’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association.