1994 Inductee - Fernando Moreno

1994 Inductee - Fernando Moreno

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1994

Fernando Moreno was born in Chicago Illinois on May 25, 1926. He married Cora Mary Munoz in 1949. They have four children, Arthur David, Margaret Rose, Julie Elizabeth and Raymond Edward. Fernando attended St. Francis Parochial School, and St. Procopius Commercial High School in Chicago Illinois. He also attended Stockton College, and the University of the Pacific, graduating with a Bachelors Degree, Cum Laude in Business Administration in 1954. He majored in Modern Languages and in Business.

Fernando originally started his involvement in the community when a Mexican American Family asked for help regarding their daughter who had been involved in an accident. She was admitted to the hospital; however, her parents were not allowed to visit her. After further investigation by Fernando, it was disclosed that it was a matter of misunderstanding on part of the hospital staff because there was no one available to translate from English to Spanish. Since that time he has been an advocate representing the Hispanic community in various types of affairs from translating to seeking the proper legal advice for people in need.

Fernando was inducted into the service in September of 1944 and was honorably discharged in August of 1946. While in the service he obtained the rank of Technician 4th Class Sergeant. He also served in the European Theater of Operations.

He has membership and has held many positions with several different types of political and civic organizations. He has served in all capacities with the San Joaquin Lions Club for about 30 years. He has been committed to the Knights of Columbus for the last 47 years in the Stockton Chapter. The Fraternal Order of the St. Francis Wildcats has had the opportunity of working with Fernando for 52 years. He has been a member of the Mexican American Conferencing Committee, the Latin American Club, the Association of Mexican American Educators, and the Forward Together Committee at the University of the Pacific, the Mexican American Chamber of Commerce, the Confederation of Mexican American Organizations, the Military Service Academy Advisory Committee, the Stockton Commodores Parents Booster Club, and the Spring Festival Committee. He is an honorary lifetime member of the Musicians Union for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Fernando served on the Board of Directors for Sunflower, Inc., Goodwill Industries, PTA Foundation, Boy Scouts of America, United Crusade, Azteca National Bank, Mexican American Chamber of Commerce, Stockton Symphony Association and the Better Business Bureau. He was Vice President of the San Joaquin County School Board Association and the Mexican Chamber of Commerce. He was co-founder and president of Sponsors of Musical Enrichment, Inc. in this area. He was also an active volunteer for the Su Salud Health Fair. He has been recognized for his involvement in many of the organizations he served. He was commended by the California State Assembly by Resolution for Personal Achievement, Community Service, and Services to the Courts as Interpreter. Mr. Moreno was also recognized by the Honorable Governor Ronald Reagan for his dedication of services to the Mexican American Community. Fernando once stated, “My overall feeling after many years of involvement is one of satisfaction. If I could do it all over again, I probably would do the same things, but start earlier in life.”

Fernando passed away on February 26, 2006.