Cesar Heras, 82, of Forest Park, passed away on August 2, 2022. Services will be held at Thomas L. Scroggs Funeral Directors on Wednesday, August 10, 2022 at 1:00 pm. Pastor Ismael Uribe will be officiating. Interment will follow at Morrow Cemetery. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home prior to service beginning at 11:00 am.
Cesar Heras Garcia was born to Cecilio Heras Chavarria and Guadalupe Garcia Callejas in Hidalgo, Pachuca, Mexico on April 7, 1940, and passed away surrounded by his loving family on August 2nd, 2022.
As a child, he demonstrated many creative talents. At the young age of 8 he started his first business in which he would handmake and sell paper-mache kites which gave him much popularity and recognition among the children in his town.
In 1949, he moved to the great Mexico City to a street in the colony of Guerrero where his father opened his welding business. It was there where he learned how to use tools and developed his natural genius, creating different inventions such as a mouse trap, a revolver with bullets made out of wax, an AM/FM radio, etc. In his teenage years, Cesar took a keen interest in photography and decided to dedicate his time and resources to learn everything he could about that profession. Photography quickly developed into his passion and became a significant part of his livelihood.
In 1958 Cesar met a woman by the name of Milca, her beauty and nobility captivated him. From that moment on he decided to win the heart of that beautiful woman. These two young lovebirds started dating and quickly fell in love and began a beautiful lifelong journey.
As newlyweds, they began construction on a house that would double as a photography studio in 1964. Cesar became a very talented professional photographer with his new wife Milca by his side. Through his career, Cesar had many professional accomplishments. He was a pioneer of color photography in his city, an art that many of his colleagues respected and admired. He was a born genius and engineer that defied the hurdle of a limited formal education. A prime example of his gifted mind included inventing a machine that would process the chemicals required for “direct color” photography. This innovation was envied and heavily sought after by many of his peers.
The photography studio, “Cecil” named in honor of his father, remained in active for 31 years. It was a place where he was able to develop and shape his dreams. Unfortunately, the studio closed its doors in 1996, prompting Cesar and Milca decision to migrate to the United States and embark on a new adventure.
The couple spent their initial months in the state of California; it was during this time that Cesar made the choice to give his life to Christ and was baptized at McFadden Seventh Day Adventist Church in Santa Ana, California.
Shortly after the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, GA, Cesar and Milca decided to try their luck in the Peach State. They worked at various factories and warehouses until they arrived at All Points Packaging and Distribution, an up-and-coming company that brought them many opportunities for development and personal growth. Cesar worked hard and enjoyed many joy-filled years. Among his many accomplishments, he proudly gained his United States citizenship in 2017.
Cesar always prioritized the wellbeing of his loved ones; he would always reassure us that we could count on his absolute support, guidance, experience, and love. He always demonstrated his affection towards us and was as easy going as it gets. He was a man of simple taste. Although he was not a frequent churchgoer, Cesar always made sure to make God a priority in every aspect of his life.
There are countless reasons to celebrate the 82 years that our father lived on this earth. His life was a huge gift, and it has been a privilege to count on him as an example of light and inspiration, and as an irrefutable testimony of the greatness of our creator.
We give infinite thanks to our Father in heaven for gifting us with the presence of this extraordinary human being that had an exquisite sense of humor and for the great example he set on what it means to serve others. And for his immeasurable love of a father, that he perfectly gave along with his many other virtues that characterized him as a unique and irreplaceable human being that we honor and will love forever.
Cesar is survived by his wife Milca Heras Real. His sons and daughters: Elizabeth Heras Real, Ruth Heras Real, Mariza Castelazo, Nedine Carreon, Saul Heras Real, and Madeline Heras, -grandchildren: Eric Arenas Heras, Elizabeth Fernandez Heras, Francisco Fernandez Heras, Cesar Arenas Heras, Karla Perez Arenas, Maryell Simpson Arenas, Neri Castelazo, Valerie Penunuri, Jacqueline Castelazo, Dieter Carreon, Hans Carreon, Saul E. Heras, Eduardo Martinez , Daniel Martinez, and David Martinez; and 19 great grandchildren, and countless other family and friends.