Eusebio Jimenez Martinez left the world too soon.
Eusebio, or Chevo as his close friends and family called him, loved to cook and eat. He claimed that he was the best cook that he knew, and most people who ate the delicious food that he prepared would agree with him. He was proud and confident, and what he knew, he was certain of. He loved seeing live music and listening to his favorite bands at home and on the radio. Chevo was tremendous, with a huge smile and sense of humor. During the cold winter months, he found comfort in the warmth and flavors of home at night when he liked to drink atole with pan after dinner. When far away from home during the holidays, he kept traditions alive by making tamales, ponche, and pozole. Chevo liked to fix up cars and always tried to figure out how things worked. He always tried to fix things even though he admitted that not everything he could fix well, so he would fix it “Mickey Mouse Style”.
He started working in elementary school, washing cars and taking care of horses in his village. When he was 19 years old, he came to Portland chasing the elusive American Dream. During his almost 25 years in Portland, he sent money home to have a house built on the land his father gave him. He will never be able to enjoy a tranquil life in his old age in that home that he so much deserved. Chevo leaves what feels like hundreds of people who are grateful for the time that he spent with them, both in the states and in his village, Pueblo Nuevo in Cadereyta de Montes, Queretaro, Mexico. His loved ones are left only with beautiful, funny, and too few moments. Perhaps the saddest of all is that Chevo leaves behind his son David. David remembers how much his father loved him and how his father gave him all the things that he never had when he was a child. David also remembers how much he enjoyed food with his father, saying “He really loved tacos.”
Chevo passed peacefully in God’s warm and healing embrace. Part of his ashes will remain with his son David and the other part will be laid to rest near his father in Mexico. En paz descansa.
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