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04/02/1939 - 01/17/2021
Our loving father, Pedro Natividad Sr., peacefully made his transition to the eternal life at 8:58 am on Sunday, January 17, 2021.
We are grateful to have had the opportunity to bring our Dad home to the house he helped build and raise his family. It was a bright, sunny morning when he passed away, with his children gathered by his side. We reminisced on how it felt like a typical Sunday morning when Dad would make stacks of his amazing omelets with “Oldies but Goodies” playing on the radio. Mom laid in bed with Dad, gently caressing his face, and Sonny and Cher’s “I Got You Babe”, a song that has long stood as a testament to their love, playing softly in the background. She lovingly sang to him as he took his last breath on earth and first breath in heaven.
Pete (Pito) was born in El Paso, Texas on April 2, 1939, beloved son of Ramona Flores and Toribio Natividad and brother to Eva, Goyo, Chino, Sweetie, Bobby, Amalia, Mary, Monchi, and Toby.
Pete is survived by his devoted wife, Margarita, his 7 children (Pete, Lupe, Charlie, Bobby, Sonia, Jessica, and Albert), 17 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great-grandchildren.
Dad established a strong work ethic early in life delivering newspapers alongside his brothers in Downtown El Paso. He worked at local diners like the Oasis while attending Jefferson High School and later began his first stint in management at the renowned “The Clock” diner. This early experience set the stage for his professional development at Farah Manufacturing, where he became a valued member of the management team for 26 years and successfully retired from in 1988.
Dad was a loyal servant of God and lived a humble life of servitude to the El Paso/Juarez community. He served several roles in the Catholic Church as a minister of communion and spiritual educator for the sacraments of baptism, confirmation, and marriage at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. He and Mom spent countless hours fundraising for Our Lady of Guadalupe Church and St. Anthony’s Seminary, where they developed a notable reputation for their coffee, cake, and candy booth. They also dutifully helped cook, feed, and clothe the mentally ill of the C.R.A.E.M. Institute in Cd. Juarez for 30+ years.
Mom and Dad’s love story began in 1958, having been introduced to one another by a mutual friend. They had their first date in Highland Park, where they shared a hamburger together and precipitously fell in love. Dad always remarked on how he had prayed for a woman like Mom, a beautiful godly woman from Parral, Chihuahua with long dark hair. God united them in marriage on November 19, 1959. From that day forward, their lives were intertwined in love and faith, having established a home from the ground-up in 1962, a successful clothing/jewelry business, all the while contently raising their 7 children to enjoy life to the fullest by emanating God’s love.
Dad’s radiant smile, charming personality, and unconditional love and kindness are what resonate in our daily lives, and we will always remember his unique expressions such as “don’t blink, you’ll miss it”, and his most impressionable quotes of all “God is Love” and “see you when I see you”. We will miss his physical presence in many ways, yet will hold his spirit and memories in our hearts forever.
“God is Love” Dad and we will see you when we see you! Visitation to be held Friday, January 22, 2021, at San Jose Funeral Home East from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM; with a Scripture Service at 1:00 PM.
Interment to follow at Mount Carmel Cemetery at 2:30 PM. For information please call 915-532-1856.