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William Robert Torres

June 19, 1933 - January 11, 2013

William R. “Bill” Torres, Sr. was born on June 19, 1933 to his loving parents, Isabel and John. He had 4 brothers, Ricardo, John (d), Julio and Joseph and 2 sisters Charlotte (d), and Becky. Bill Sr., or “Memo” as his loving parents often called him, grew up in central Los Angeles from modest be…read more

William R. “Bill” Torres, Sr. was born on June 19, 1933 to his loving parents, Isabel and John. He had 4 brothers, Ricardo, John (d), Julio and Joseph and 2 sisters Charlotte (d), and Becky. Bill Sr., or “Memo” as his loving parents often called him, grew up in central Los Angeles from modest beginnings where he studied accounting at his beloved USC. After graduating in 1960, he became an auditor for the IRS. Being the ambitious and driven man he was, he decided to continue his education attending Southwestern Law School in the evenings, while still working for the IRS. As a young deputy district attorney, he strived for greater feats and built a successful law practice. He capped his impressive career as a Superior Court Commissioner for Los Angeles County for nearly 20 years. Bill Sr. began a family of love with Rose Ann in 1967, raising four children, William “Bill” Jr., Kathleen, Valerie and Daniel, together until her unfortunate passing 1987. Thus, Bill Sr., being a “family first” man, continued to be the provider and emotional lifeline to his children, ensuring that their lives were productive and dreams were fulfilled. He saw them graduate from universities, get married, have children and realize their life goals. In 1993, Bill Sr. found love again with Ms. Joyce Suzuki, a middle school educator, who was his partner over a 19-year relationship. Joyce stayed steadfast in his time of need and cared for him dearly as he gracefully aged and coped with his late in life illnesses. His adventurous spirit led him to Asia, Europe, Hawaii and the Caribbean. He and Joyce embarked last year on a world-wind cross-country train trip to Joyce’s home state of Minnesota, making it one to remember. Being a consummate family man, Bill Sr. loved to cook for his family, especially for the holidays. Whether it was a turkey for Thanksgiving or prime rib for Christmas, Bill Sr. made the kitchen his domain. His culinary skills were so extensive that he also won a local chili cook-off contest. He also loved watching and attending USC Trojan and Raider football games with friends and family. Always a lucky risk-taker, once he won a sizeable bet when the Raiders won the Super Bowl in 1984. As a whole, Bill Sr. will be remembered in so many ways. He will be known in his profession for his ethics, fairness, and practicality as a decision-maker. To his family, he will be cherished as a generous, adoring and dedicated father. To all who knew him, Bill Sr. is and always will be a captivating storyteller full of life, humor and contagious laughter who will remain eternally vibrant in our hearts. He will be deeply missed by his loving spouse Joyce Suzuki, his four children, twin newborn grandsons Diego and Mateo, and all friends, family and colleagues who knew and admired him. Bill Sr. will be set to rest at Resurrection Cemetery near the mother of his four children, Rose Ann Torres.

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