Florentino (Flor) John Carreno, 94, born June 20, 1926, passed to our Heavenly Father on January 11, 2021. Florentino was born in Fresno, California. He then spent his entire life in San Jose, California. He graduated from San Jose Technical High School and proudly served in the Army during World War ll. He was stationed in the Philippines, as part of C-Company, 108th Regimental Combat Team, 40th Division. He trained to be on the landing force to Japan prior to the war ending. He is very proud of his service and often tells the family and other veterans about his experience, particularly about walking the point for his platoon in the jungle.
He came home from the war and married Victoria Castillo on Aug 29, 1949. They had four daughters (to him, all called mi hijos) within 5 ½ years. He was definitely outnumbered and was often heard saying “a weaker man”. He was a loving and caring husband and father.
After the war, he worked for Eggo Food Company as a dock foreman. He then had a 35-year career at the IBM plant in San Jose. He was a Sr. Lab Specialist Electronic Technician. His career followed him into his retirement. He could make a schematic for any home project.
He was an avid traveler. He and Vicky traveled the world. He was quite a historian and would often have Vicky load the girls into the car for spontaneous road trips. Every mission and historical landmark in California were visited. He was a car enthusiast who loved to drive, liked fast cars and who would enjoy his pit pass visits at Laguna Seca and other raceways. He was proud that he kept all six household cars running during his daughters’ teenage and college years. He was such a good mechanic; he rebuilt the engine on his Alfa Romeo coupe. Flor was a jack of all trades and master of many: electronics, plumbing, cement, landscaping, industrial painting. He never encountered a project he couldn’t fix. He loved running and participating in half marathons. He ran his last half marathon at age 80. Many times, he was the only one in his age group and so came away with a medal.
He is preceded in death by his sister Martha, his grandson Michael and his son in law Bob (Kathy). He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Vicky, his sister Virginia, his 4 girls: Patti (Paul), Kathy, Sandy, and Dorothy (Mark). Four grandchildren: Teresa (Todd), Carolyn (Greg), Melissa (Nathan) and Kayla. Five great grandchildren: Gage, Jagger, Isla, Rokko, Danica, with a sixth on the way. He leaves behind many nieces and a nephew, a legacy of which he was proud. He will be greatly missed.
The family would like to thank the nurses and doctors at the COVID ward at Good Samaritan Hospital, for their kindness and grace. Although family could not be with him, he was not alone.
Due to COVID restrictions, there will be a private family service. Donations may be made in memory of Florentino Carreno to the American Diabetes Association.
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