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Luis Rose
Luis Michael Rose, a lifelong Ceres resident who was active in the business community, youth sports, scouting and local car shows, died yesterday at his home surrounded by family members.

Graveside services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at Lakewood Memorial Park.

A first-generation Portuguese, whose father immigrated from the Azores Islands, Luis was born in Ceres on August 25, 1934. He was a 1952 graduate of Ceres High School. He was involved in agriculture and played baseball and basketball. Mr. Rose served 12 years in the California National Guard 249 Transport Battalion. He also served as a reserve police officer in the Modesto Police Department. He worked and retired from Pacific Bell Telephone Company after 32 years. He was also a co-owner of Captain Fish n Chip's in Modesto and started up Red Rose Landscape Maintenance.

With his eldest son, Mr. Rose became involved in the original Bel Passi baseball park on Sylvan Road in Modesto where he served as a member and past president. He continued to help the program grow into its newer location on Roselle. His love of baseball continued when he moved his family to Ceres. He became involved with Ceres Youth Baseball, as a board member, president, and coach of his second son's team and softball coach for his daughter. He became a driving force to transform the girl's softball program into a competitive girls' sport in Ceres. Luis remained activel in CYB for 14 years, and then came back 19 years later to coach his grandson. This last season he spent time at the Costa Fields watching his grandchildren play ball.

From the late 1960s to the early 1970s, Rose volunteers as scout master of Troop 13. He served as the coordinator of the troop and was responsible for leading several jamborees at Pinecrest Lake. His years of service were noted by the Boy Scouts of America which gave him the Order of the Arrow award.

Along with his wife, Kathy, Luis spent years enjoying his 1937 Plymouth which he built from the frame up. He enjoyed over 20 years of car clubbing with good friends in the LaRosas, Vierras and Silvas. He also was a member and past president of Modesto Area Street Rod Association.

As a member of the Ceres Street Faire Committee, Mr. Rose chaired the car show portion of the Street Faire in May with his daughter Nicole Chapman. Many credited the show's success to Luis' efforts and experience in car shows. His prized Plymouth was the logo for the T-shirt and dash plaques that were given to entrants.

Rose also belonged to the Old Fisherman's Club for over 30 years and enjoyed taking his sons and grandsons fishing and to the "cook your own steak night." He was a carpenter, who along with his family, rebuilt the family home on the property his own father had purchased as an immigrant from the old country.

He leaves behind his wife, Kathy Rose of Ceres; four children, Bob Rose, Aaron Rose, David Chapman and Nicole Chapman; his sister, Alisha Rodrigues; and his grandchildren, Steven Borelli, Michael Borrelli, Mathew Smith, Royce Rose, Austin and Garrett Zehr-Rose, Zachary Aaron, Luis Chapman, Shonna Rose, Heather Rose, Katie Rose, Emily Chapman, Kyndal Chapman, and soon to be born Nicole Kathleen Rose.

Remembrances may be made to the University of California, San Francisco Comprehensive Cancer Center, UCSF Box 0248, San Francisco, CA 94143-0248.