German Eduardo Bautista Nunez, 72, of 5016 Rio Hondo Avenue, Temple City, California, died Saturday, November 18, at the City of Hope Hospital in Duarte.
For over thirty years, Mr. Bautista worked for the Los Angeles Department of Public Social Services (DPSS), and, for much of his life, freelanced as a high school, college, and adult league soccer referee.
Born in Duitama, Colombia, Mr. Bautista immigrated to the United States in 1966 at the age of twenty. From 1969 to 1970, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps, stationed with the First Marine Division at An Hoa Combat Base in Vietnam. He received his citizenship on November 17, 1972 and graduated from Cal State Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1974.
Mr. Bautista’s career in soccer exemplifies his tenaciousness and his joy in serving others. He refereed games as a youth in Colombia, organized games for servicemen in Vietnam, coached his children for many years in the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO), and refereed in the Temple City AYSO and professionally at the high school, college, and adult league levels. He played at the semi-professional level in his youth, and continued playing in his later years in adult leagues and with his company team.
Mr. Bautista was the son of Maria Transito Nuñez Segura and Hector Manuel Bautista. His mother ran a funeral parlor and helped to manage a family-owned hotel and restaurant, and was also a long-time nurse. His father was a mechanic and owned a foundry and metallurgical shop and also a brickworks, designing many of his own tools and machines.
German is survived by three sons, Andrew, Fred, and Christopher; three grandchildren, Angélique, Yazmeen, and Mateo; his former wife, Kathryn; and eleven brothers and sisters, Jairo, Hector, Albert, Nelson, Julie, Edgar, Marina, Lisa, Fernando, Patricia and Maurice. He is predeceased by his two beloved sisters, Gloria and Yamily.