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Official Obituary of

Luis Ernesto Morales

March 28, 1950 ~ January 12, 2018 (age 67) 67 Years Old

Luis Morales Obituary

A Beacon of Hope: The Life and Legacy of Luis Ernesto Morales Rodriguez

In the bustling streets of Naranjito, Puerto Rico, a story of redemption and divine transformation began with the birth of Luis Ernesto Morales Rodriguez on March 28, 1950. His journey from the hardened paths of the Bronx, New York, to becoming a revered minister and family man in West Palm Beach, Florida, is a testament to the grace and power of faith in overcoming life's darkest moments.

Luis' early life was marred by the challenges of urban existence—entangled in drug use, dealing, and theft, seeking solace and escape in the familiar yet perilous streets of New York. The tragic death of his youngest brother Orlando Morales in Central Park was a turning point for the Morales Rodriguez family, prompting a return to their roots in Puerto Rico in hopes of salvaging their future.

It was in the streets of Bayamon, Puerto Rico that Luis encountered God, a meeting that would redefine the course of his life. Enrolling in a detox program that also nurtured his spiritual awakening, Luis discovered his calling. The year 1970 marked his commitment to a new path, leading him to the Institute of Theology of the Assemblies of God, where he honed his faith and purpose.

Luis' personal life flourished alongside his spiritual journey. Within the sanctity of the church in 1971, he crossed paths with his soulmate, Juanita Rivera, and from that moment, he was certain she was his destined partner. Bravely navigating the complexities of life, Luis and Juanita united in marriage in 1972, embarking on a journey of love and partnership that would define their lives. Together, they embraced the joys of parenthood, welcoming their firstborn, daughter Enix Morales, in 1974. Their family continued to grow with the arrival of their second daughter, Jennifer Morales, in 1975, followed by the birth of their son, Luis E. Morales Jr., in 1977. The Morales household was further blessed with two more daughters, Merari Morales in 1979 and Keren Morales in 1983, completing their family circle.

This blossoming of their family tree was a reflection of Luis and Juanita's deep love for God, shared values, and commitment to building a legacy of faith and unity. Each child brought a new melody to their symphony of life, enriching their days with laughter, love, and the occasional challenge. Armed with unwavering faith and the support of their tight-knit family, each child grew splendidly in their gifts and talents.

Ordained to minister with the Church of God Pentecostal M. I., Luis' pastoral mission took him across Puerto Rico, founding and leading congregations, spreading the word of God, and touching lives with his music and message. He pastored ten churches in Puerto Rico. He founded his first church in the town of Rexville. He then went on to pastor in Comerio, Old San Juan, Cayey, Guaynabo, Vega Baja, Lares, and three churches in Arecibo in the towns of Jareales, Esperanza, and Hato Arriba.

Luis’ love for music, self-taught guitar, bass, and piano skills, and the joyous sounds of family gatherings underscored the harmony of his life's work. As a teenager, he played with several bands in different venues in New York. He later went on to play in all the churches he pastored.

Luis and his brothers would be the entertainment at family gatherings. His brother Victor played percussion and drums, and his brother Carlos was a multi instrumentalist, he played the drums, keyboard, guitar and bass guitar. He instilled a love of music in his children, and his daughters learned to sing while his son learned to play drums. And his legacy continues with all his 11 grandchildren, Jerenix Vega, Jailenix Porrata, Ayeline Gonzalez, Jenexy Lallan, Immanuel Porrata, Natalia Porrata, Kiyanah Ramirez, Zyra Serrano, Kemen Morales, Kali Gibson and Sebastian Hudson.

Luis's life was woven with vibrant threads of shared experiences, each family member and friend holding a unique story of adventure with him. A cherished memory comes from his brother Carlos, who recounts an amusing episode involving the setup of a new drum set in a mysterious living room, possibly belonging to the family of Luis' friend, a space filled with musical aspirations as her brother was a bass player.

Luis, who had a knack for crossing paths with notable figures, once purchased a Gibson guitar at Manny’s in New York City, an encounter that led him to meet Gene from the rock band The Young Rascals. Despite rubbing shoulders with celebrities, Luis remained grounded, his humility intact. These anecdotes add vivid colors to the portrait of Luis’s remarkable journey, illustrating a life rich in connection, humbleness, and the spirited adventures that defined him.

Relocating to West Palm Beach, Florida, in 1991, Luis continued to shepherd his flock, co-pastoring churches and engaging in missions that extended even to Venezuela. His legacy, however, extends beyond the pulpit and the chords of his guitar. Luis was a living embodiment of redemption, his life a bridge for those lost in hopelessness he once knew all too well.

Luis Ernesto Morales Rodriguez’s story is not just about the trials he faced but about the countless lives he uplifted through his ministry, music, and unwavering faith. He understood the depths of despair yet chose to live in the light of salvation, making him a beacon of hope for many.

As we remember Luis, we are reminded of the profound impact one life, transformed by faith and love, can have on the world. His journey from the streets of New York to the sanctuaries of faith in Puerto Rico, Florida and beyond is a powerful narrative of redemption, a reminder that no one is beyond the reach of God’s grace.

Luis’ legacy is carried on through the melodies of his family, the congregations he nurtured, and the stories of those he touched. His life is exquisite evidence that with faith, transformation is possible, and through God, all things are made new. Luis Ernesto Morales Rodriguez’s life was a melody of hope, a symphony of faith, and a beacon of God’s unfailing love.

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