Jesse James “JJ” Topete (1973-2019)

It is with heavy hearts and great sadness, that our loved one “JJ” Topete of Piru, went to be with our Lord on February 26th, 2019.
It comforts us to know that the good Lord wrapped his loving arms around “JJ” and said come with me son and led him to paradise.
JJ was born on August 2, 1973 in Santa Paula Ca. At the time of his death, he lived in Piru, Ca.
JJ leaves behind his grieving mother Denise Ruiz Topete and father Jesse Topete; sisters Carolyn (Frank) Lozano, Mary Topete, Alyssa (Michael) Boschee; nephews Jared, Justin, Jacob Lozano, Nicholas Villanueva, and Sebastian Roberts; nieces Shyann Villanueva, and Irie Jessie Topete. He also leaves behind his maternal grandmother, Consuelo Ortega Ruiz; Tio’s and Tia’s, too numerous to mention.
He is preceded in death by his maternal grandfather Jimmy N. Ruiz; paternal grandparents Andres Topete; and Maria De Jesus Topete, and Uncle Lonnie Kenneth Ruiz.
JJ was employed by Recreational Resource Management where he worked for 4 years out of Lake Piru, Ca, most recently doing various side jobs, whether it be gardening, or tending horses at Dominguez Ranch in Piru Canyon. He also for a time worked at Phil’s Animal Rentals of Piru.
JJ was a very humble human being with a heart of gold as big as you can imagine. Whether his back was hurting him, he’d still help you even it was vigorous just to get the job done.
He would take the shirt off his back or give you his last bite to eat, or give you his last dollar if you needed it more than him.
In all my years, I’ve never known my nephew to have a mean bone in his body, be rude, or to be a fighter. JJ was a very soft spoken guy. There were times he would tell me, “Tia, I’m a lover not a fighter,” and laugh that little chuckle of his, and oh so true are those words.
JJ will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Jay, I pray that you are looking down on us and know how much you are loved by so many, and their love, prayers, and support are being showered upon your family.
Jay, you were truly a free spirit, rest easy Mijo and keep smiling that beautiful smile you have. Love your family.
Celebration of life will be held at San Salvador Church in Piru, on Saturday, March 16, 2019. Rosary beginning at 10:00 a.m. funeral mass immediately after Rosary.
Reception to follow in the church hall.