When the shelter-in-place order due to the coronavirus caused the cancelation of a large party planned in honor of Turlock resident Raul Campusano’s 90th birthday, his daughter Dina Hernandez made it her mission to ensure a celebration would still happen.
In keeping with social distancing mandates, Hernandez hired a mariachi band to serenade her father from his front porch on Monday and then organized a well-wishing car parade of family, friends and church members.
“It was nice the way it worked out. I just think the outpour of people wanting to help was amazing. We live in a nice community,” said Hernandez. “He probably won’t remember the coronavirus quarantine, but he’ll remember his birthday. It was so nice to see him happy and watch him dance to the mariachi music.”
Campusano will turn 90 years old on Thursday. The native of El Paso, Texas moved to California when he was a teen. He has lived in different cities throughout the state and has been a resident of Turlock for over 20 years. During his 90 years, Campusano has worked in the state’s agricultural fields, then at a lumber company in San Francisco, at Ford Motor Company and retired as a union grocery worker.
Hernandez described her father as a hard worker and man of faith with strong values.
He and his wife of 63 years have five children, 14 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.