Jose Castro, founder and owner of Solo Special Edition in Woodburn since 1984, died unexpectedly yet peacefully, surrounded by family, on November 6, 2017 due to a cerebral hemorrhage. He was 57.
Jose was born on March 19, 1960 in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico to Jose Sr. and Sebastiana Castro. He was child number 6 and the first boy out of 12 children. He graduated from Woodburn High School in 1980, where he met his future wife, Diane Dulwick. He married his high school sweetheart at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Mt. Angel, Oregon on August 25, 1990. The couple later welcomed two children into their home, Jake and Elizabeth, and Jose began teaching them morals and values, how to be good people, how to love everyone, and how to just be happy. He proudly supported them in all of their endeavors throughout their youth, especially all of their combined years of sporting events where he would frequently be seen videotaping all the action. His children remember him as a humorous, artistic, kind, and driven father who encouraged them to pursue their dreams. Jose was an active and dedicated member of St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church.
Jose is survived by his wife of 27 years, Diane; children, Jake and Elizabeth; mother, Sebastiana; siblings, Casilda, Mafalda, Ana, Loreto, Paul, Luisa, Julia, Maria Elena, Everardo and Veneranda, along with numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father, Jose Sr., and oldest sister, Cristina.
A funeral mass has been held. Contributions may be made to St. Philip Benizi Helping Hands Program, 18211 S Henrici Rd, Oregon City, OR 97045.