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“Almost 5 years and I stilll miss you each and everyday. I continue to try to do my best at what you asked me to do "Live for both of us&...Read More »
1 of 39 | Posted by: Marcia Guaman - Scottsdale, AZ

“Dear Marcia and family, I want to express how sorry I was to hear of Jose's passing. I will continually pray for you all. Although my encounters...Read More »
2 of 39 | Posted by: Sheila Jackson - San Jose, CA

“Our deepest condolences. Our prayers are with you and your family. May The Lord bless you and your family with strength, peace and love to get you...Read More »
3 of 39 | Posted by: Sidney & Maria Moore - Antioch, CA

“Dear Marcia and Guaman Family, My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family during this time of bereavement. It truly saddens my heart to...Read More »
4 of 39 | Posted by: Irenda Geneva Gates - PA

“My dearest brother I miss you so much. I put on your salsa music early morning in my office to brighten up my day. I know that you are in a better...Read More »
5 of 39 | Posted by: Norma Espinoza

“THERE WILL NEvER BE ANOTHER, Like Jose. Upon meeting him for the first time I knew he had to be special for my sister to fall in love with him. I...Read More »
6 of 39 | Posted by: Ruth Stewart - Sacramento, CA

“Marcia and Familia ~ We are truly saddend by the loss of Jose. He and All of You have continually been in my prayers. We will miss his love for...Read More »
7 of 39 | Posted by: - Pittsburg, CA

“I remember watching Jose coach the Holy Rosary 7th grade basketball team. I was on the opposing team, St. Ignatius, and Holy Rosary was...Read More »
8 of 39 | Posted by: Matt Dawson - San Diego, CA

“Man, Jose. We had so many battles when our kids were little knucklehead, they don't even know! You brought the best out of me on the court. You will...Read More »
9 of 39 | Posted by: Rick Martin - Oakley, CA

“We are so sorry to hear of Jose's passing. He was a wonderful neighbor and friend. Janice, Claiborne, and Sasha Yankura ”
10 of 39 | Posted by: A friend

“To the Sales/Guaman Family: So sorry to hear of your lost. Praying that God will continue to strengthen you in your hour of bereavement and the days...Read More »
11 of 39 | Posted by: Pat - Appomattox, VA - cousin

“Jose and I worked for the same companies. I started in 1979 and worked in the Southwest and Jose was in the Northern CA. division. Jose was...Read More »
12 of 39 | Posted by: Kathy Wyer - Palm Desert, CA

“Jose was a valued partner and contributor to HP in many ways. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Jose throughout my career on...Read More »
13 of 39 | Posted by: Lars Wold - Folsom, CA

“Hi Marcia and Family, I have so many memories of Jose at work and as a friend. I am saddened of his passing. Although I am not able to attend the...Read More »
14 of 39 | Posted by: Marie Absmeier - San Jose, CA

“He will be missed! Jose was a great friend and a great co-worker. I will always remember all of the years and travel we did together in our years at...Read More »
15 of 39 | Posted by: Jeffrey Wiener - West Chester, PA

“God bless your family and keep you strong. Our prayers are with you we are deeply sadden for your loss. Remember he will alway live in your memories. ”
16 of 39 | Posted by: Anna Fierro - Pittsburg, CA

“Noel and Guaman Family:We are so sorry for your loss!!!!!! The Oropeza-Alcala family will keep all of your family in our prayers. ”
17 of 39 | Posted by: Maria-Socorro Alcala de Oropeza - CA

“Dear Marcia and Family,Words cannot even begin to express our sorrow, you are all in our thoughts and prayers.If our hugs was strong enough to take...Read More »
18 of 39 | Posted by: Kathy & Jeff Radcliffe - Pioneer, CA

“To the Dear Family & Many Friends of JOSE, I am honored to have known Jose, I too am a former Digital/Compaq/HP employee. I worked with Jose for...Read More »
19 of 39 | Posted by: Kathy Montigny, aka Monty - NM

“Marcia and Family, My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Although it has been quite a long time since we have seen or talked to each other, I...Read More »
20 of 39 | Posted by: Lisa Leevy Washington - MD

“Jose was an amazing man. He had passion in everything he did and was always full of joy and life. We wish to express our sincere condolence during...Read More »
21 of 39 | Posted by: Tim Hazen - Bloomington, IL

“I had the pleasure of working with Jose over the last couple of years and am delighted to have known him. He will be greatly missed by all. My...Read More »
22 of 39 | Posted by: Alicia Malboeuf - Gardner, MA

“I'll miss you, and all your positive energy as a great bandleader. All my best to your wonderful family ”
23 of 39 | Posted by: mario vega - mill valley - friend

“To the family of Jose, we are truly saddened by the loss of Jose. He will truly be missed by so many. His music and his sense of humor were like no...Read More »
24 of 39 | Posted by: Darla - Antioch, CA - Friend

“To the family of Jose, we are truly saddened by the loss or Jose. He will truly be missed by so many. His music and his sense of humor were like no...Read More »
25 of 39 | Posted by: Darla Verduzco McCoy - Antioch, CA

“To the family of Jose, we are truly saddened by the loss of Jose. He will truly be missed by so many. His music and his sense of humor were like no...Read More »
26 of 39 | Posted by: Darla Verduzco McCoy - Antioch, CA

“RIP ”
27 of 39 | Posted by: Juan Piscil - oakland, CA - salsa

“~My most heartfelt condolensces for your great loss. Without a doubt Jose was a great man and talented musician. There are people in this world that...Read More »
28 of 39 | Posted by: Frankie Palacios - San Francisco, CA

“My deepest sympathies for a vibrant My deepest sympathies for a vibrant soul and a great spirited man . God bless you all ”
29 of 39 | Posted by: Steve Thumas - Pacifica, CA

“My Dearest Brother, You touched my Life in so many ways for as long as I can remember. I felt your Love thru your advice, the continuous care you...Read More »
30 of 39 | Posted by: Diana Guaman - san francisco, CA

“Words cannot express how empty our hearts are and filled with profound sorrow. There are many people that come and go into our daily lives, Jose you...Read More »
31 of 39 | Posted by: Angel & Yass - Oakley, CA

“My Beautiful Uncle, You are truly forever in my heart. There are no words to describe how much i will miss you, but i am greatful that i have so...Read More »

“R.I.P. Jose, you'll be missed by many.Thank you for years of great music and amazing band! Prayers sent to you and your family We all love you very...Read More »
33 of 39 | Posted by: Irenna - San Francisco, CA

“So sorry to hear of Jose's passing. Sending Marcia and family a giant hug Have so many memories that keep flooding me and I am thankful to have...Read More »
34 of 39 | Posted by: Vicki Re - Novato, CA

“Dear Guaman Family, We will miss Jose dearly, remember him fondly, and know that his spirit, generosity and love will live on in you always.With love...Read More »
35 of 39 | Posted by: Donna Golphin - Brentwood, CA


“Words cannot express the emptiness I feel without you brother. Your humble nature, your personaility, your charisma , and your strenght to battle...Read More »
37 of 39 | Posted by: Norma Espinoza - san francisco, CA

“Pops, You have given me so many memories and have taught me to live life happily and positively. You opened your heart and family to me and for that...Read More »
38 of 39 | Posted by: Jeff Cordoba - Richmond, CA

“My Husband, my moon and my stars I miss you more than any words could ever express. I know you are in a better place but my heart aches for you each...Read More »
39 of 39 | Posted by: Marcia Guaman - Oakley, CA - Wife

Jose A. Guaman Resident of Oakley, California passed away on Thursday, December 27th at his home peacefully surrounded by loving family and friends.

Jose was born on October 29, 1957 in Guayaquil, Ecuador, South America. He lived in South America until the age of 4 when his parents moved to San Francisco, California in 1963. He was raised there by his parents Jose and Eny Guaman and his cherished Abuelita Luz Maria Calderon.
He grew up in San Francisco where he attended Longfellow Elementary School and later Jefferson High School where he excelled in sports both Football and Basketball. Jose also had a musical talent and quickly became a young 16 year old up and coming percussionist in the Salsa scene where he played with one of San Francisco's top bands, The Alfredo Mojica Sr. Orquesta. But it was at this time while playing basketball that he found his true passion. He helped his school advance to the State Finals. He was nicknamed Dr. J after the 76ers Julius Irving for his clutch last minute three point shots. He played with a big heart and would take on any opponent under the basket no matter their size.

In 1975 he graduated from Jefferson High School and attended Skyline College. Shortly thereafter he enlisted in the Navy. He was assigned to the Aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk. The ship was sent out on a WESTPAK deployment for a 7-month cruise to the Western Pacific. Jose was assigned to Flight Operations and quickly rose to the position of Aircraft Carrier Director in charge of directing all inbound and outbound planes. He received honorable discharge in 1979 and returned to San Francisco and began a banking career with Bayview Federal.

In 1980 he met Marcia Sales and they were married in September of 1984. They moved their little family of daughter Noelle Yvette and Anthony Jose to Antioch California in May of 1987 and welcomed their last daughter Dominique Justine in 1988. The family introduced their Golden Retriever Max and then later current pet Baron a Yorkshire Terrier whom he both loved dearly.

During the 80's and 90's Jose kept busy attending and being involved in the activities of his children from dance/letter girl to cheerleading, basketball, football and swimming. He coached CYO Basketball teams to many championships over the years that his son AJ (Anthony) played on and later coached his daughter Dominique's teams onto equal championships. He loved to encourage his players with skill and those without skill to work hard and play hard and taught them to believe in themselves on and off the court.

He was an avid fisherman and loved to take his family camping . He spent many hours boating on the Delta and loved nothing more than to hear the happy screams of his children tubing across the water.

He was also a member of Delta Bible Church and served as a Deacon and Awana program Game Director as well as playing percussion in the church worship team for many years. He had a passion for teaching the Bible and sharing his love for the Lord to anyone who would listen. He shared his Faith throughout his illness never wavering.

He returned to the music scene 10 years ago and organized and managed his own Salsa orquesta "La Fuerza Gigante". His band quickly became one of the Bay Area's premier salsa groups and opened up for Patti LaBelle and Train at the 2005 Black and White Ball. They also were the back up band for many well-known artists from Puerto Rico and New York. At the time of his passing he was working on the completion of his CD, which will be released in 2013.

In 1986 Jose was employed by Digital Equipment Corporation that would later be bought by Compaq Computer and then finally Hewlett Packard. He was employed by these three companies over a period of 26 years and retired on August 31, 2012 as an HP Services Business Development Manager for the Americas.

Jose leaves behind those who will cherish his memory including loving wife Marcia A. Guaman; Mother and Father Jose and Eny Guaman; children, Noelle Yvette Alcala, Anthony Jose Guaman, Dominique Justine Guaman; Son-in-law Robert Alcala; Grandchildren, Christian Alcala, Amaya Alcala and Alania Guaman; sisters Maria Diaz, Norma Espinoza and Diana Guaman; brother-in-laws Julio Diaz and John Espinoza, sister-in-law Ruth Sales-Stewart; nieces Andrea Alvarez, Melissa Espinoza, Elisia Espinoza; nephews Julio Diaz Jr, Xavier Diaz; many cousins and dear friends.

Jose's family request that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network ( Click Donate Now tab for
Honor/Memorial donation in Jose's name.

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Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery

1500 Old Mission Road Colma, CA 94014