José Armando Ortega Pablo, age 20, passed away unexpectedly on June 27, 2019. He had lived in Columbus since he was two, he was born November 27, 1998 in Oaxaca, Mexico. 2017 graduate of Columbus North International High School. He was a member of bowling team, track and soccer all four years of high school and was captain his senior year. He enjoyed attending summer camps including “Humanities and Cognitive Science Summer Camp”, part of LASER (Latinx Space for Enrichment and Research). José was enrolled at Otterbein and was pursuing a bachelor of science in nursing. He was also president of HOLA (Heritage of Latino Americans). Preceded in death by Grandparents maternal: Octaviana Garcia Santos, and Melitón Pablo Ángeles; Paternal grandpa, Faustino Ortega Ferrer. Survived by parents: Juana Pablo Garcia and Jose Ortega Amaya; siblings: Juan David Ortega Pablo, Erik Jesus Ortega Pablo, and Lesly Anahi Ortega Pablo; girlfriend, Isabel Esquibel Zepeda; Paternal Grandma, Ana Amaya Garcia; also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. His favorite quote was by his first principal in high school, Mr. Kim, “Know where you come from, be who you are, and find the strength to move the world.” José brought joy to everyone who knew him and was quick to make create connections with anyone he encountered. He would never hold a grudge, and had no hate in his heart. His soul was light and he was pure. José was determined to get through any obstacle that interfered with his dreams. He aspired to achieve his dream and set an example for his siblings and with dreams to move his family further. He dreamed of buy his parents a house, and to allow them to never have to endure long work hours again, so that he could thank them for everything they had done for him. At Otterbein, he made multiple friends and connections with all the professors and classmates. He was proud that during his two years studying there, he’s finished each semester without owing a single penny. He paid every cent of his tuition on his own. At times working three jobs to pay for tuition. He worked at EMI (Environmental Management Incorporated), Chipotle, and Bob Evans. Friends may call at Jerry Spears Funeral Home 2693 W. Broad St. Tuesday, July 2 from 4-7pm. Funeral Mass will be held at noon on Wednesday, July 3 at St Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church, 4131 Clime Rd. Interment Alton Cemetery.
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