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Colton World War ll veteran, Jess M. Chavez, turns 101 years young

Colton native Jess M. Chavez, born April 25, 1919, just celebrated his 101st birthday. Chavez, a WWll veteran, was celebrated on Saturday, April 25, in a precautious CODIV-19 way. “I was contacted by Jess’s daughter Lorraine a few weeks ago and we discussed the potential to host a birthday parade, but ultimately we decided on hosting him a brief and intimate front yard celebration, where everyone stood at least six feet apart,” said Colton Councilmember Dr. G (Luis Gonzalez). About 50 of Chavez’s closest family and friends met outside of his home off Olive Street, in Colton. “The most special portion of the 30-minute long gathering was that Chavez had five generations of family present at his birthday gathering. He had his kids, kids’ grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren,” continued Dr. G. As guests began to arrive at Chavez’s home, he came out of his home to be greeted by dozens, before he used a microphone to thank everyone. “Thank you all for being here, all of this means a lot to me,” Chavez said. As Chavez put away his microphone, his grandkids passed out mini…

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