Deaths: June 4, 2002

June 04, 2002


Funeral services will be at 12:30 p.m. Thursday in Mission San Luis Rey de Francia Parish, 4070 Mission Ave. in Oceanside for Walter G. Ulloa, 79, the first Mexican-American in California to become a certified public accountant.

Mr. Ulloa died Thursday of heart failure in Tri-Cities Hospital in Oceanside.

Mr. Ulloa was born Oct. 31, 1922 in Los Angeles. His family settled in Brawley, where he was raised. Mr. Ulloa attended Brawley Union High School and graduated with honors at the top of his class. In his senior year, Mr. Ulloa was also named to the All-Valley football team as a wide receiver.

Mr. Ulloa served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He established his accounting practice in the Imperial Valley in 1947, marrying Margaret Vasquez that same year.


Mr. Ulloa attended San Diego State College, University of California, Los Angeles, University of Southern California and then went on to become a certified public accountant. Mr. Ulloa then earned his law degree from Western State University College of Law, driving from Brawley to San Diego three days a week for four years to attend law school.

Mr. Ulloa developed a successful accounting practice in the Imperial Valley, living here until 1973. Mr. Ulloa served on the Brawley Planning Commission and was elected president of the Brawley Rotary Club. In 1974, Mr. Ulloa moved his family to Oceanside, where he served on the board of directors for the Oceanside Boys Club and the Oceanside Planning Commission. Mr. Ulloa was president of the El Camino Real Rotary Club. He maintained an association with the University of Southern California and held membership in Cardinal and Gold.

Mr. Ulloa is survived by his wife of 55 years, Margaret Ulloa; son and daughter-in-law, Walter Ulloa Jr. and Alexandra Seros and their son, Bruno; son and daughter-in-law, Ronald and Denise Ulloa and their son and daughter, Anthony and Madeline; son, Roland Ulloa and his son, Luis; sister, Mary Morales of Hemet; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family asks that donations be made to the USC Mexican-American Alumni Association Endowment Fund, Student Union Building, Room 203, Los Angeles, CA 90089-4890.


No services will be conducted at this time for Evelyn B. Breland, 73, of El Centro, who died Friday in her home.

Mrs. Breland was born Dec. 6, 1928, in Oklahoma.

Her burial will be under private family disposition.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Rick and Pearl Breland of Imperial; daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Andrew Cass of Brawley; grandson, Ryan Breland of Imperial; granddaughter, Ashlyn Breland of Imperial; and companion, Jim Dickins of El Centro.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for John Edward Walker, 78, of Brawley, who died Saturday in Royal Convalescent Hospital in Brawley. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday in Sacred Heart Catholic Church with the Rev. Ben Davison officiating.

Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley.

Mr. Walker was born Jan. 25, 1924, in Terre Haute, Ind., and was raised there.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War. He achieved the rank of master sergeant and earned three Bronze Stars, a Good Conduct Medal and a World War II Victory Medal.

Mr. Walker moved from Indiana to Los Angeles in 1947 and relocated to the Imperial Valley in 1950, at which time he began to serve in the Knights of Columbus.

He married Erlinda Ernestina Marquez at Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Brawley on Jan. 25, 1953.

Mr. Walker worked for the Southern California Gas Co. from 1952 to 1987. He retired after 35 years of service.

He was a active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where he served on the church and school boards for many years. He also was the first lector and Eucharist minister at Sacred Heart.

Mr. Walker was a member of the United Way, American Bowling Congress and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He was preceded in death by his son, John Patrick Walker, in 1992; and brothers, Charles, Joseph, Ralph and James Walker.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Walker of Brawley; granddaughters, Dawn Figueroa of San Diego and Cassandra Walker of Burbank; sister-in-law, Becky Walker of Cincinnati, and two great-grandchildren.


Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in First Baptist Church of Brawley for Luther B. Grass, 76, of Brawley, who died Friday in Brawley in automobile accident.

Pastor Jeff Bowman will officiate.

Burial will be in Riverside National Cemetery.

Mr. Grass was born March 2, 1926, in Arkansas City, Kan. He was of Cherokee ancestry. He spent his childhood and young adult years in Locust Grove, Okla.

He joined the Marine Corps during World War II in 1944. He served as an infantryman with the 21st Marines, 3rd Division, 1st Battalion. Mr. Grass attained the rank of corporal and saw action in Iwo Jima, Japan, Guam and during the occupation of China. He was honorably discharged in 1946.

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