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Juan Jose Bohorquez

February 5, 1958 ~ January 22, 2021 (age 62)

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Ver biografia en Español al final de la version en Ingles.  

On 01/22/2021 at 1:45pm, Juan Jose Bohorquez passed away peacefully alongside his loving wife Martha Bohorquez and his four children from complications derived from the COIVD-19 virus.

Juan Jose Bohorquez was born on February 5th 1958 in Lima Peru. He was the first child out of four kids. His father was Juan Francisco Bohorquez and his mother was Manuela Cristina Vergara. His siblings are Carlos, Cecilia, and Jorge Bohorquez.  Another very important person in Jose’s life was his great aunt Cristina Villarroel “La Minita” who he saw as his second mother.

Jose was a very smart man.  He graduated from High School at the age of 15 and started his career to be an Engineer when he was only 16 years old.  He initiated his studies at La Salle which is the same school his father went to.  He then transferred to the military college Leoncio Prado where he proudly finished his career as Metallurgical Engineer.

In the early 80’s Jose immigrated from his home country of Peru to the US, with only a student visa, a suite case full of clothes and his American Dream. He came to the US to continue his studies while working as a Metallurgical Engineer for Western Forge Co.

Jose was a true entrepreneur. During his time with Western Forge, he fell upon an opportunity that would change his life forever. The laboratory, a vendor of Wester Forge that he used to hire to perform non-destructive testing on samples from their forging shop, was going out of business. Jose and his partner at that time gathered up as much money as possible and secured a small bank loan to purchase the company known today as BESS MTI, Inc.

The early years were tough. He purchased equipment at auctions getting the best deals possible for equipment needed to run his lab. After several years of long hours and hard work, his two companies BESS Testlab, Inc. & BESS MTI, Inc.  combined provide jobs to roughly about 120 people. Our Family is blessed to have the opportunity to help him build these companies and in his own words “we could not have done it without all of our loyal employees”.

Jose was a dedicated family man. His loving wife Martha Bohorquez and especially his kids and grandson Mateo Bohorquez were his greatest motivation in life. Although many saw Jose as a father figure, he had four children. His first son, Jose Francisco from his first marriage followed by Michael, Anthony, and Cristina Andrea from his second marriage.

Jose’s happy place was the ocean since he was a kid.  He used to go to Pisco with his siblings where he created the best memories.  His other happy place was the kitchen since he loved to cook so much.  He loved to play guitar with his friends and watch sport games with his children. On Sundays, you could find him with his family at the Levi’s Stadium enjoying his 49er season tickets and a cold beer.  The ocean, food, music, friends and of course his family made his heart the happiest.

Jose was a true inspiration to many. He was a very kindhearted and humble person. He helped a lot of people and he always had a hard time saying no. Jose will live on in our hearts and through all the wonderful memories that brings smiles to our faces when reminiscing of many good times. Jose is a legend to many and will never be forgotten.

Version en Español:

El 22 de Enero del 2021 a la 1:45 pm, Juan José Bohorquez falleció pacíficamente junto a su amada esposa Martha Bohorquez y sus cuatro hijos por complicaciones derivadas del virus COIVD-19.

Fue el mayor de cuatro hijos.  Sus padres fueron Juan Francisco Bohorquez y Manuela Cristina Vergara. Sus hermanos son Carlos, Cecilia y Jorge Bohorquez. Otra persona muy importante en la vida de José fue su tía abuela Cristina Villarroel “La Minita” a quien veía como su segunda madre.

José era un hombre muy inteligente. Se graduó de la escuela secundaria a los 15 años y comenzó su carrera como ingeniero cuando solo tenía 16 años. Inició sus estudios en La Salle, el mismo colegio al que fue su padre. Luego se trasladó al colegio militar Leoncio Prado donde culminó con orgullo su carrera como Ingeniero Metalúrgico.

A principios de los 80, José emigró de su país de origen, Perú, a los Estados Unidos, con solo una visa de estudiante, una maleta llena de ropa y su sueño Americano. Vino a los Estados Unidos para continuar sus estudios mientras trabajaba como ingeniero metalúrgico para Western Forge Co.

José fue un verdadero emprendedor. Durante su tiempo en Western Forge, se encontró con una oportunidad que cambiaría su vida para siempre. El laboratorio, un proveedor de Western Forge que el solía contratar para realizar pruebas no destructivas, fue puesto a la venta. José y su socio en ese tiempo, reunieron la mayor cantidad de dinero posible y consiguieron un pequeño préstamo bancario para comprar la empresa conocida hoy como BESS MTI, Inc.

Los primeros años fueron de mucho esfuerzo. Compró equipos en subastas y se las ingenio para obtener todo lo necesario para mantener y sacar el laboratorio adelante. Después de varios años de largas horas y arduo trabajo, sus dos empresas BESS Testlab, Inc. y BESS MTI, Inc.  brindan empleo a aproximadamente 120 personas. Nuestra familia tuvo la suerte de poder ayudarlo a construir estas empresas y lo que diria el con sus propias palabras, “no podríamos haberlo logrado sin la lealtad y dedicacion de todos nuestros empleados”.

José era un hombre dedicado a su familia. Su amada esposa Martha Bohorquez y especialmente sus hijos y su nieto Mateo Bohorquez fueron su mayor motivación en la vida. Aunque muchos vieron a José como una figura paterna, el tuvo cuatro hijos. Su primer hijo, José Francisco de su primer matrimonio seguido de Michael, Anthony y Cristina Andrea de su segundo matrimonio.

El lugar donde José se sentia mas feliz era en el mar.  Cuando era niño solía ​​ir a Pisco con sus hermanos de vacaciones y alli creo muy bellos recuerdos.  Otro lugar donde se sentia muy feliz era la cocina, ya que le encantaba cocinar. Tambien le encantaba tocar la guitarra con sus amigos y ver deportes con sus hijos. Los domingos, lo podías encontrar con su familia en el Levi's Stadium disfrutando de sus boletos de temporada viendo jugar a los 49ers y tomandose una rica cerveza fría. El mar, la comida, la música, los amigos y por supuesto su familia le alegraron siempre su corazón.

José fue una verdadera inspiración para muchos. Era una persona humilde y de buen corazón. Ayudó a mucha gente y siempre le costaba decir que no. José vivirá en nuestros corazones y a través de todos los maravillosos recuerdos que nos hacen sonreír al recordar muchos buenos momentos. José es una leyenda para muchos y nunca será olvidado.

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