Dec. 23, 1948 – Jan. 13, 2017
Luz Esteban Preciado passed away at his home in Montara on Jan. 13, 2017, as a result of heart failure.
Luz was a longtime resident of the Coastside. Born in Oakland, he attended Alvarado School and graduated from James Logan High School in Union City. After serving in the California Air National Guard, Luz began his firefighting career at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. After serving 30 years as a firefighter with the Half Moon Bay Fire District, he retired in 2005. He founded and operated the family business, Coastal Chimney Sweep, since 1991. He was well-known to many in the area as a fireman, chimney sweep, youth soccer, baseball and hockey coach, potter and good friend. Luz, the son of Jose and Eugenia Preciado, is survived by his wife of 34 years, Gale Preciado, of Montara, sons Luz Preciado, of Portland, Ore., Tyler Preciado and Jesse Preciado, of Montara.
He has four grandchildren, Robert Preciado, Maria Preciado, Joaquin Preciado and Lucca Preciado. He was preceded in death by his son Eric Preciado and three older brothers, Joaquin Preciado , Robert Preciado and Conrad Preciado.
He has three surviving sisters, Angelita Richards of Smiths, Ala., Micaela Owen and Hortencia Peffer of Modesto, Calif., and numerous loving nieces, nephews and cousins.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, at Our Lady of the Pillar Church, 400 Church Street, Half Moon Bay. A Celebration of Life will follow immediately at the Mavericks Event Center, 107 Broadway, Half Moon Bay (Princeton-by-the-Sea). In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Luz’s honor to a charity of your choosing in your local community.