Jose Barron Interview

1) Where were you born and on what date?

October 28, 1946.


2) Where were your parents from and what did they do? What brought them to San Ysidro?

Dad – Tepic, Nayarit, México – Entrepreneur

Mom – Ensenada, Baja California, México

We moved here to get an education.


3) How many siblings did you have and what place were you in the family? (Eldest, middle, youngest?)

3 brothers, 2 sisters, middle.


4) Which schools did you attend?

San Ysidro Academy to 5th grade

Sunset School – 6th grade

Southwest Jr. High 7 – 9

Mar Vista High

Southwestern College – AA

San Diego State – AB

University of California – Adult Ed. Teaching Credentials

Southwestern College – Legal – Medical Translator


5) What was your favorite past time?

Basketball, Tennis, Hunting, Fishing


6) Where did you work?

City of San Diego Parks & Recreation


7) Who did you marry?

Irma Alicia Ponce-Barrón


8) Where did you end up settling?

Bonita, California


9) How many children did you have and where did they end up settling? What did they end up doing professionally?

Son, Joe III (Deceased)

Daughter, Pam lives in Eastlake – Psychologist


10) What is your fondest memory of San Ysidro?

So many:

The Halloween Carnivals at Sunset School

The New Year’s Day Bean Bowl (Tackle football played on the lawn at Southwest Jr. High

Hunting rabbits up in the hills

Playing basketball at the Civic Center

The San Ysidro Mother’s Club

Playing in the “wilds” along the railroad tracks.

San Ysidro was an integral part of our formation. I always wonder what my life would have been like had we moved away like my father wanted but looking back, I wouldn’t change much. It was very different back then with less than 3000 people living in the community and most people knew each other.

A side note: While visiting Joyce Hettich in her home one day I mentioned I had had a dream about the park and told her there were white statues all over the park and a stream running through the middle of it. She exclaimed that’s the way it was originally. That’s kind of strange because I never knew that before and had never heard anyone mention that fact. Does anyone have photos or remember that?

2 Responses to “Jose Barron Interview”

  1. José (Joe) BarrónFebruary 2, 2017 at 6:18 am #

    I’m happy to have started attending the Friends of San Ysidro meetings. There are pleasant surprises every time we meet.

  2. José (Joe) BarrónFebruary 2, 2017 at 6:19 am #

    Please don’t forget to check out my brother Julio’s book. It is titled “Cooking at the Big House” and the author is listed as BigPapi Charger Fan. The book is very inexpensive (around $7.00) and it is interesting reading.

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